Cooley Protect

Cooley Protect

Cooley developed this resource to empower entrepreneurs and growth companies with information to help make informed decisions about patent protection and strategy. Below you will find tools, tip sheets and articles that are organized by life cycle stage, from seed to exit. 

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    About our lawyers

  • David Hopkins
  • Christopher Hutter
  • Carol Laherty
  • Mika Reiner Mayer

What I do: I help companies maximize resources to develop and implement a patent strategy that works for them.

What my clients value: My strategic counsel regarding how best to position a company’s patent portfolio for various life cycle events based on my knowledge and experience in corporate transactions.

Why Cooley? The people. Every day I am fortunate to work with a team of extremely talented and practical attorneys across a wide range of technical and legal expertise.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be: A professor. I love mentoring and teaching others (including clients).

Likes: Skiing, hiking, traveling, just being outdoors and spending time with family.

I root for: Go Utes and Go Nats!

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What I do: Leveraging my engineering background, I help technology companies across all stages of operation acquire patents and provide counsel on patent matters that are fundamental to their business.

What my clients value: I care deeply about each client’s technology and business, simplifying complex legal issues that technical experts can understand and complex technical issues that business experts can understand.

Why Cooley? It’s the coming together of legal expertise, technical capabilities and business sense. We know what’s worth fighting for and what you should let go. We really operate as a team, across practice areas and offices, so you’re always getting the right people at the right time.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be: An electrical engineer.

Likes: Spending time with family.

I root for: All things Terps.

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What I do: I work with life sciences companies throughout their life cycle to secure patent protection for their core technologies and product candidates, ensure a clear path to financing, partnering and commercialization, and advise on the intersection of patent law and regulatory exclusivities.

What my clients value: I understand their science and their business goals and provide creative and practical guidance to help them achieve those goals, I am very responsive and I truly enjoy seeing them succeed.

Why Cooley: Cooley has extraordinary experience and expertise in starting and growing life science and technology companies, we are very collaborative and always happy to pitch in to help out any of our clients, and we love our jobs.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be: A research scientist or venture capitalist.

Likes: Boating and fishing, Pilates and Peloton®, cooking and family time.

I root for: Seattle Sounders and University of Michigan.

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What I do: I help life sciences companies protect their most important assets: their intellectual property. Not all patents are created equal. Designing and developing a successful patent portfolio requires a deep understanding of a company’s business as well as the competitive landscape. I partner with my clients through all stages of their growth, from creating and developing strategic patent portfolios that maximize value, to preparing them for funding, partnerships, acquisitions, or even litigation.

What my clients value: I am part of the team. I want to understand the business so I can proactively consider opportunities to protect key assets with intellectual property, I translate complicated legal risks into business risks, and mitigate those risks creatively.

Why Cooley: You won’t find another law firm that knows more about the issues facing emerging companies than Cooley. It’s what we do. Our bench is deep, and we work collaboratively to provide the best resources for our clients. We identify and solve issues efficiently. Clients also benefit from our extensive network of global contacts, from venture capitalists to bankers to strategic partners.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be: I’d be a construction worker. I find the intersection of physical labor and productivity, which results in a tangible work product, very satisfying.

Likes: Spending time with my wife and kids, running half-marathons, and hanging out with friends.

I root for: The Golden State Warriors. #dubnation

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Our Clients
Intuity Medical 
Ping Identity 
Rampart Communications 
SEngine Precision Medicine