Healthcare Law Series: Intellectual Property

Date(s) - 12/05/17
9:00 am - 11:30 am

Chicago Matter

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Healthcare Law Series: Intellectual Property

Tue, December 5, 2017 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Navigating the Intellectual Property Landscape

For medical device, life science, and health IT companies, a well-defined IP strategy is vital to achieving business success. But the road to adequately protecting your idea or product is a source of confusion and frustration for many entrepreneurs.

For the second event in the Healthcare Law Series, MATTER’s legal partners, Polsinelli, DLA Piper, and Foley & Lardner will lead a panel discussion on key considerations to defining and protecting your IP, and lessons learned from common mistakes made by innovators. In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Intellectual property protection processes for health IT, med device, and life science startups
  • How legal firms and IP departments conduct due diligence, and the evaluation criteria that are typically used.
  • The pitfalls and challenges that most companies face and how to overcome these barriers


9:00am: Panel discussion on what industry leaders look for in terms of IP when partnering with startups
10:00am: One-on-one breakout sessions with attorneys specialized in medical device, life science, and health IT law. These breakout sessions are open to MATTER members and partners only – please e-mail Liz Kennedy ( for more information and to set up a 30min time-slot.



Morgan Kirley likes simplifying issues and finding straightforward solutions. In the complex world of biotech, his clients rely on this approach because true value often depends upon clear communication. Morgan has experience in multiple areas of intellectual property (patents, trademarks and copyrights), particularly including patent due diligence and patent prosecution. His practice focuses on patent due diligence efforts, such as non-infringement, invalidity and freedom-to-operate (FTO) opinions.


Larissa Park concentrates on patent and other intellectual property strategy, counseling, prosecution, diligence, and litigation in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and federal courts. She works with clients in diverse industries nationally and internationally to determine and execute a comprehensive IP strategy to address the client’s needs in whatever situation or forum.


Jeffrey S. Gundersen is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP and vice chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He provides counsel relating to patent acquisition and enforcement, product design, patent infringement matters, licensing, and transactions. In addition to the preparation of intellectual property agreements, patent opinions, and transactional due diligence opinions, he also counsels multi-national companies regarding global patent prosecution strategies.