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Michael Ward
Partner, Morrison and Foerster

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Michael Ward is the head of Morrison and Foerster’s patent practice and co-chair of the Intellectual Property group. Dr. Ward is founder of the firm’s Plant IP practice and is a member of the steering committee for the firm’s Cleantech practice.

His practice consists of preparing and prosecuting international life science patent applications, performing patent due diligence in connection with M&A and other financing transactions, development and management of patent portfolios, counseling clients regarding patent infringement and validity issues, assisting in patent litigation, counseling in a wide range of licensing and joint venture arrangements, handling patent re-examinations, and supporting patent interference projects. He works closely with members of the licensing group both in the U.S. and outside the U.S. on patent licensing issues.

Dr. Ward’s clients include Novartis, Dole Foods, California Table Grape Commission, the University of California, Bio Architecture Lab Inc., CatchLight Energy, Energy Biosciences Institute, Mendel Biotechnology, Inc., L1 Agrobiosciences, and XDX Inc.

Dr. Ward holds a Ph.D. in plant physiology (biochemistry) and an M.S. in agronomy from the University of California, Davis, a B.S. in biology from the University of California Berkeley, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. He was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular biology at the Harvard Medical School and the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital where he worked on the Arabidopsis genome project.

Dr. Ward is a frequent lecturer and speaker. Dr. Ward recently spoke at The Biology and Business of Biofuels conference hosted by the University of California San Diego, San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture and the UCSD Environment and Sustainability Initiative on “IP Barriers and Protection of the IP Space.”

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