Life Sciences

Representative clients

McKesson Corporation   •    Genentech, Inc.   •   Medtronic, Inc.   •   Hyperion Therapeutics  •  Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters attorneys have handled a wide variety of litigation for leading biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare companies.

As illustrated in the Cases of Note listed below, we have helped our clients secure successful settlements or win at trial for cases involving breach of fiduciary duty, collaboration agreements, intellectual property and false advertising.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters attorneys have handled a wide variety of litigation for leading biotech, pharmaceutical, medical device, and healthcare companies.

As illustrated in the Cases of Note listed below, we have helped our clients secure successful settlements or win at trial for cases involving breach of fiduciary duty, collaboration agreements, intellectual property and false advertising.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Finalist for IP Litigation Department of the Year

December 21, 2017

In a blockbuster year defined by complex cases, Keker, Van Nest & Peters’ intellectual property practice kept its approach surprisingly simple, crafting a litigation strategy that emphasized a strong narrative and a diverse team capable of telling it. Read more

Law360 California Powerhouse: Keker Van Nest & Peters

October 06, 2017

Longtime California trial staple Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP found success for a wide range of clients this year, winning a nationwide injunction against a presidential executive order, defending Arista Networks in a groundbreaking copyright suit and resolving a feud between two prominent San Francisco philanthropists. Read more

Advanced Patent Law Institute 2016

Dec 8-9, 2016

Ashok Ramani will present "Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages after Halo" at the prestigious conference. Read more

Defend Trade Secrets Act


Jeff Chanin will present "Adapting Litigation Strategies to the Provisions of the Act." Read more

Four Partners Named to List of the 75 Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California


Bob Van Nest, Christa Anderson, Ashok Ramani and David Silbert were chosen for their groundbreaking work on behalf of established tech titans and cutting-edge Bay Area startups. Read more

10th Annual Patent Law Institute - New York

April 14-15, 2016

Asim Bhansali will present "Non-Practicing Entities: What's the Big Deal?" Read more

Alice Test: Is It Clearing District Court Dockets and Making the Concept of Preemption for Ineligible Subject Matter a Dead Issue?


Ashok Ramani will address this topic at California Lawyer's upcoming Patent Disputes Forum. Read more

The State of IP Across Industry Verticals


David Silbert will present at the IP Value Summit. Read more

American Health Lawyers Association Fraud and Compliance Forum


Faculty member Ben Berkowitz will present "Defending FCA Lawsuits Based on the “Swapping” Theory of Anti-Kickback Liability." Read more

How To Monetize Failure


Paven Malhotra discusses how inventors and businesses must think of IP from an offensive and defensive perspective. Read more

IP Defense: Silicon Valley 2015


Ashok Ramani will present "Defensive Trial Strategies" at the IP Defense: Silicon Valley conference. Read more

Leo Lam Reveals Significance of High Court's Induced Infringement Ruling


In Commil USA LLC v. Cisco Systems Inc., the Supreme Court ruled a good faith belief that a patent is invalid is not a defense to induced infringement. Read more

Patent Disputes for Corporate Counsel Forum


Adam Lauridsen will co-chair this annual event for in-house counsel and patent litigators. Read more

Genentech and Novartis Escape FCA Suit Over Xolair Marketing


Elliot Peters and David Silbert protect Genentech from a False Claims Act lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court. Read more

Staging a Multi-front Patent War


Gene Paige provides ten things that companies considering engaging in patent litigation outside of the United States should consider before taking action. Read more

Advanced Patent Law Institute


Matthias Kamber will present "Joint/Divided Infringement" at the 15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute. Read more

International Women's Leadership Forum


Christa Anderson will present "Litigation and Technology Trends." Read more

4th Annual Patent Disputes Forum


Ashok Ramani and other key players in patent litigation will share their knowledge, experience, and insight into the most recent issues in patent disputes. Read more

Did My Copyright Get Lost In The Cloud?


Michael Kwun will present this topic at the 2014 NAPABA (National Asian Pacific American Bar Association) Convention. Read more

How is the Venture Community Affected by the Criminalization of Trade Secret Law under the Economic Espionage Act?


Stuart Gasner discusses how under the Economic Espionage Act, even the most run-of-the-mill trade secret case can be prosecuted as a criminal matter. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named Top Litigation Boutique


One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. Read more

Christa Anderson Named One of the 20 Most Influential Women In IP Law


Law360 included Ms. Anderson in its select group of female attorneys for leading the charge in waging high-stakes patent battles and other sophisticated intellectual property litigation. Read more

Do the Metes and Bounds of Patent Claims Limit Academic Freedom?


Gene Paige analyzes whether patent law may limit academic freedom in the June issue of Intellectual Property Today magazine. Read more

Brian Ferrall Weighs In On High Court's Patent Indefiniteness Ruling


The Supreme Court ruled the Federal Circuit's long-standing precedent for proving a patent indefinite allowed for too much ambiguity. Mr. Ferrall explains why the decision in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. is significant. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Scores for Google in Patent Proxy Fight With BT


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to revive patent infringement claims targeting Google Inc. over its lucrative Adsense program. Read more

Patent litigation proponents pursue other efforts as Senate bill stalls


Ashok Ramani comments on what needs to occur before Congress considers more legislation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Medtronic Reach Global Settlement in Heart Valve Patent Litigation


The settlement wipes out two large jury awards that had raised the threat of an injunction against potentially lifesaving heart valve technology. Read more

2014 Patent Disputes Forum


Ashok Ramani, Leo Lam, Gene Paige and other distinguished faculty will share their experience and insight into critical patent litigation topics. Read more

Gene Paige Explains Significance of High Court's Patent Rulings


The Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Circuit's standards for awarding attorneys' fees to prevailing parties in "unreasonable" patent infringement cases must be eased. Read more

Patent Trolls and Patent Reform Conference


Patent reform is once again in the headlines, as the Supreme Court, Congress, and even state attorneys general target perceived abuses of the litigation system by patent trolls and others. Ashok Ramani and other knowledgeable lawyers, judges, and academics will discuss the prospects and impact of the most likely reforms. Read more

2014 Patent Law Institute

March 17-18, 2014

Matthias Kamber will be a featured speaker at this annual institute, designed to be of ultimate practice value to all three subgroups in the patent law community: patent prosecutors, patent litigators, and strategic/transactional lawyers. Read more

Best Practices for Litigating & Managing Disputes under AIA


Matthias Kamber will address this critical topic at the 2013 Litigating Patent Disputes Conference. Read more

Keker Team Won a $1 Billion Bet for McKesson


Jeff Chanin and David Silbert overcame tough odds and high financial stakes to prove their client was innocent of kickback charges. Read more

Finding The Best Cure


Matthias Kamber explains how recent White House executive actions and proposals targeting frivolous litigation are efforts to treat the symptoms of a broken system rather than cure it. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Revance Therapeutics Regain All Worldwide Rights to Its Botulinum Toxin Products


Stuart Gasner and Laurie Mims represented Revance, a biotechnology company which develops next-generation dermatology products and therapeutic medicines, in a Delaware Chancery Court bench trial. Read more

ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators


This book serves as a single-source guide examining the intersection between the statutory and regulatory scheme governing approval of generic pharmaceuticals and U.S. patent law in the context of Paragraph IV ANDA litigation. Read more

When Key Employees Go to Competitors


Rachael Meny provides five steps companies can take to steps to minimize the potential litigation risks associated with key employee hires. Read more