Michelle Rhyu

Partner

I work with our clients to understand their business objectives and litigation needs. I use my scientific training to understand deeply the technology and arguments, then break down complex technology and facts to craft the client’s story, one that resonates with judges and jurors.

+1 650 843 5505
rhyums@cooley.com

Dr. Michelle Rhyu has twenty years of experience representing life sciences companies, with a primary focus on high-stakes patent, contract and trade secrets disputes in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. She has extensive experience leading litigation and trial teams, has argued at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and has led briefing to the US Supreme Court. Michelle has litigated cases involving small molecule drug compounds, pharmaceutical formulations, monoclonal antibodies, biofuels, hormone receptors, gene expression technology and medical devices. She has experience with Hatch-Waxman litigation and the abbreviated regulatory pathway for biosimilars (BPCIA).

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In a bet-the-company litigation, the Cooley team came through. The team's combination of deep trial experience and scientific expertise was critical to the success of the case. – Brett Pletcher, General Counsel, Gilead Sciences
Education

  • Stanford Law School
    JD, with distinction, 2000

  • University of California, San Francisco
    PhD, Biochemistry and Biophysics
    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, 1994

  • University of California, Berkeley
    BA, Molecular Biology
    with honors, 1988


Admissions & Credentials

California

Registered to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • California Bar Association

  • Asian Pacific Bar Association

  • Council of Korean Americans

Rankings & Accolades

    Financial Times: Top 10 Innovative Lawyers of North America

    Managing Intellectual Property: Top 250 Women in IP

    The Recorder: Women Leaders in Technology Law

    UCSF: 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award

Contact

+1 650 843 5505 office
+1 650 849 7400 fax
rhyums@cooley.com

3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130