Patent Counseling & Prosecution

Advance business goals through patent strategy

Why Cooley
  • International patent team of 110+ lawyers and technical professionals (vast majority hold PhDs, MDs or other advanced degrees) across the US and Europe
  • One of the largest dedicated life sciences and medical device patent teams in the US
  • Patent counsel to 1,200+ companies worldwide ranging from trailblazing startups to industry leaders    
  • 31,000+ patents under our management across 120+ jurisdictions worldwide  |  4,500+ patents filed globally for clients in 2018
  • Routinely tapped to handle the IP diligence aspects of high-value M&A deals, capital market offerings and other transactions involving the transfer of patent rights
  • Team has decades of experience drafting, prosecuting, defending and opposing patents at the US Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office 
  • In addition to coast to coast coverage across the US and Europe, we leverage a trusted network of counsel across all other key jurisdictions worldwide
  • Fully integrated patent prosecution, strategic counseling, licensing and litigation practice creating cost efficiencies and unified patent strategies

Life Sciences

Life Sciences Related Patent Services



Technology Related Patent Services


  • BTI Consulting: Top 5 law firm for client service and for best value
  • Chambers, Legal 500: Top IP practice in the US and UK
  • Docket Navigator: Top law firm for PTAB proceedings

  • IAM Patent 1000: Top patent prosecution firm

  • Life Sciences Law Firm Index: Leading life sciences patent firm

  • LMG Life Sciences: “Patent Strategy and Management Firm of the Year” finalist

  • Managing Intellectual Property: Top patent prosecution firm

  • US News and World Report: Tier 1 firm for patent law



Cooley has broad expertise with the ability to handle mandates for both emerging companies and market leaders.- Chambers USA

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Patents under our management across 120+ jurisdictions worldwide

Group contacts
Ivor Elrifi Partner, New York
Mika Reiner Mayer Partner, Palo Alto
Bill Christiansen Partner, Seattle
Christopher Hutter Partner, Reston
Michael Tuscan Partner in Charge – Washington, DC
Heidi A. Erlacher Partner in Charge – Boston
Thomas Blinka Of Counsel, Washington, DC
Dean Farmer Partner, Boston
Bill Galliani Senior Counsel, Palo Alto
Carol Laherty Partner, Seattle
Matthew Langer Partner, New York
Erik Milch Partner, Reston
Colm Murphy Partner, London
Matthew Pavao Partner, Boston
Frank Pietrantonio Senior Counsel, Reston
Scott Talbot Partner, Reston
Erich Veitenheimer Senior Counsel, Washington, DC
Bonnie Weiss McLeod Of Counsel, Washington, DC
Scott Weston Partner, Boston
Kevin Zimmer Senior Counsel, San Diego