Name: Mika Reiner Mayer
Firm Name: Cooley LLP
Country: USA - California
Expertise: Due Diligence Services

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Professional Biography:

Mika Reiner Mayer is one of the most sought-after lawyers in patent prosecution and strategic portfolio management for life sciences startups and established companies alike. Widely known for her strategic insights and deep understanding of business, she is the go-to diligence counsel in Silicon Valley for life science companies and their investors.

Due Diligence:

Mika has extensive experience with investor-side and company-side patent due diligence. She has led hundreds of patent due diligence reviews, ranging in size from small seed investments to multibilliondollar acquisitions in the medical device, drug delivery and pharmaceutical fields. On the company-side, her clients include Gilead Sciences, W.L. Gore & Associates, Alcon, Magic Leap and Astellas Pharma. On the investor-side, she has represented clients such as Vivo Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, GE Ventures, Vertex Healthcare Ventures and Canaan Partners. Clients rely on her ability to translate IP risks into business risks with ease, and to provide strategic guidance. As Intellectual Asset Management’s Guide to the Leading Patent Professionals notes, “Mika Mayer is a touchstone IP due diligence lawyer for life sciences companies and their investors.”

Strategic Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Management:

Because of her extensive due diligence experience, Mika is very effective in anticipating and mitigating risks for her clients. She has served as lead patent prosecution counsel to companies such as Gilead Sciences, Novadaq Technologies, Intersect ENT, Intuity Medical, Freedom Innovations, Sight Sciences and Gauss Surgical. Her strategic planning and name recognition help guide her clients to commercial success with many of them going public or being acquired. As one of Mika’s competitors said to LMG Life Sciences Magazine in 2013, “Mika’s prosecution and advice counseling is some of the best I have ever seen.”

Post-Grant Review Proceedings & Patent Litigation:

Whether representing patent owners or petitioners, plaintiffs or defendants, Mika is engaged for her technical and legal knowledge in post-grant review proceedings and patent litigation. In both post-grant review proceedings and in patent litigation, she works synergistically with litigation counsel to find efficient, creative and business-oriented solutions for her clients.

Professional & Community Work:

Mika guest lectures for Stanford’s Biodesign Innovation Class and regularly speaks at industry events on topics including leadership, patent strategy and inclusion and diversity. She is a current member of the Science Accelerator Committee of the American Heart Association and a board member of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. She was previously a board member of the Equal Rights Association and the Center For WorkLife Law.