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Life Sciences Practice Gains Patent Prowess as Daniel Becker Joins Fenwick

Mountain View, CA (July 8, 2015) – Prominent Silicon Valley-based law firm, Fenwick & West, today announced that Daniel M. Becker, M.D., has joined the firm as a partner in its intellectual property practice. Becker represents pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in all areas of patent counseling, including lifecycle management, patent portfolio development and restructuring, peer review of patent portfolios, and IP diligence in advance of financings, mergers, acquisitions and other liquidity events.

Dan is a tremendous addition to our thriving life sciences practice,” said Fenwick Chair, Richard Dickson. “His deep technical knowledge and experience will be a tremendous asset to our biotechnology clients, an area of rapid growth for Fenwick.” ​

“I’m delighted to be joining Fenwick,” said Becker. “Fenwick’s dedication to serving innovators, its impressive bench of patent practitioners, extensive post-grant expertise, and growing life sciences corporate and patent groups is a nice compliment to my practice.​

“Dan’s strength and experience in patent prosecution, portfolio development and post-grant proceedings for life sciences companies will further deepen our ability to secure, defend and commercialize many of the most valuable assets of our life science clients,” said Intellectual Property Chair, Lawrence W. Granatelli. “Recent changes in the law and court decisions have brought significant challenges to what constitutes patentable subject matter and has expanded the remedies available through the patent office post grant. Dan is versatile and well suited to advising and helping clients navigate those changes.”​

Becker has been practicing intellectual property law for more than two decades. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School. Prior to law school, Becker conducted research under two prestigious postdoctoral fellowships.  He earned an M.D. with research honors from Stanford University School of Medicine after earning an undergraduate degree from Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with additional honors.  

​For the past six years, Chambers USA has recognized Becker as a leading lawyer, nationwide, in the area of Life Sciences: IP/ Patent Litigation. Since 2012, Becker has been identified as a “Life Sciences Star” in LMG Life Sciences and its predecessor publication, Expert Guide to Life Sciences Attorneys. Becker is also recommended in the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 (US) for patent licensing and transactions.

About Fenwick & West
Fenwick & West provides comprehensive legal services to ground-breaking technology and life sciences companies at every stage of their lifecycle. We craft innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions for established and emerging companies on issues ranging from venture capital, public offerings, M&A and strategic relationships, to intellectual property, litigation and dispute resolution, taxation, antitrust, and employment and labor law. For more than four decades, Fenwick has helped some of the world's most recognized companies become and remain market leaders. For information about a career at Fenwick visit us at fenwick.com/careers.  ​​​​