Jeff Morton is a partner in our Orange County, Los Angeles and Phoenix offices who routinely represents both start-up and large enterprises for their intellectual property, technology and commercial law needs.
His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, with particular experience in the life sciences industry. Jeff has significant patent prosecution experience in a wide range of technologies including immunotherapeutics for treating diabetes, HIV and cancer, and DNA sequencing methods and related devices.
Jeff also has an active trademark and transactional practice and has represented clients in numerous intellectual property-related transactions. He is regularly called upon to give timely and cost-effective advice when clients are commercializing their intellectual property assets. His experience covers a wide range of industries, and includes preparing and negotiating patent license agreements and sponsored research agreements, and advising on intellectual property issues in asset sale and merger transactions. Due to his bar admissions in both the United States and Canada, Jeff's practice includes providing advice to Canadian clients on U.S. business and legal issues, and vice versa.
In his intellectual property practice, Jeff has deep experience in all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, with a particular emphasis in the life sciences. He works with both emerging start-up companies and large, established concerns in the U.S., Canada, and around the world. Jeff has patent prosecution experience in a wide range of technologies including immunotherapeutics for treating diabetes, HIV and cancer, and DNA sequencing methods and related devices. Jeff also advises clients on intellectual property commercialization issues and has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting intellectual property license agreements, as well as advising on intellectual property issues in asset sale and merger transactions.
With bar and court admissions in both Canada and the U.S., Jeff is often called upon to advise Canadian clients on U.S. business and intellectual property law matters and advise U.S. clients on Canadian business and intellectual property law matters. Jeff also serves as a contact point for coordinating legal solutions for a wide range of U.S.-Canada cross-border legal issues, including those related to employment law, securities law, and corporate law and governance.
University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law (J.D., 2007)
Associate Editor, U.B.C. Law Review (2005-2007)
Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine (Ph.D., Immunology, 2004)
Thesis: "Genetic Segregation of Airway Hyperreactivity and Goblet Cell Metaplasia in a Viral Mouse Model of Asthma"
University of Victoria, Faculty of Science (B.Sc., Biology, with distinction, 1998)
American Bar Association
Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada
San Diego Intellectual Property Law Association
San Diego County Bar Association
"Negotiating IP Rights in Industry Sponsored Research Agreements," Co-Presenter, Strafford Webinar (October 16, 2018)
“From the Lab to the Marketplace,” Invited Lecturer, University of Arizona, Tech Launch Arizona (2017)
"Intellectual Property Bootcamp," Invited Lecturer, University of British Columbia (2015)
"Intellectual Property Licensing: Key Differences Between Canada and the United States," Invited Lecturer/Co-Presenter, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (2014)
"Intellectual Property Protection and Commercialization," Guest Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law (2014)
"Protecting Your Client's Intellectual Property: An Overview of the Different Forms of IP Protection," Guest Lecturer, South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia (2013)
"Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization," Course Instructor, University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Sciences (2013)
"Enforcing IP Rights in Canada," Guest Lecturer, USLAW Conference (2013)
"IP Commercialization and Patent Licensing," Guest Lecturer, University of Victoria Faculty of Law (2013)
"Commercializing Intellectual Property," Guest Lecturer, British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities (2013)
"Provisional Patent Application to Commercialization," Guest Lecturer, British Columbia Inventors Society (2013)
"Introduction to Patent Licensing," Guest Lecturer, University of Victoria Faculty of Law (2012)
"Intellectual Property Overview: Trade-marks, Copyrights, Patents and IP Licensing," Guest Lecturer, Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP (2012)
"Foundations of Intellectual Property: Trade-marks, Copyrights, Patents and IP Licensing," Guest Lecturer, University of British Columbia Faculty of Applied Sciences (2012)
"The Role of Patents in Drug Research," Guest Lecturer, Centre for Drug Research and Development (2010)
"Trade-mark Infringement on Online Auction Sites," Guest Lecturer, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law (2008-2010)