Tom Anderton is a member of our Intellectual Property & Technology Practice and Life Sciences Industry Group. Tom assists domestic and international organizations and start-ups with intellectual property and transactional needs in the areas of biopharmaceuticals and medical devices.

    Tom has experience in health care law, including cross-border transactions with companies in Europe and China. Tom has extensive experience in counseling on freedom to operate matters, infringement avoidance, strategic patenting and the development, structuring and monetization of US and international patent portfolios. Tom also has extensive experience in technology transactions, including licensing, research and development, manufacturing, distribution, service, finance and partnering agreements, as well as M&A and integrations. Formerly a General Counsel and Chief Patent Counsel, Tom was a part of the executive committee and has an inside perspective on issues faced by our clients and the calculus of client decision making.

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    • Created world-class diagnostic portfolio by focusing US and international patents on business and competitors. Monetized patents by evaluating possibilities. Created HCV portfolio around small molecule in extremely crowded space. Represented company in several rounds of financing and in due diligence for sale of compound and company.
    • Monetized device portfolio by pruning patents to those essential to business and relevant to competitors and assessed outlicensing proposals against competitor revenue and products.
    • Created oncology portfolio for antibody-enzyme conjugate.
    • Negotiated exclusive license for entire microfluidics portfolio to competitor.
    • Created portfolio related to “virtual” kinases.
    • Negotiated complex transfer of IP from one subsidiary to another.
    • Managed legal and IP diligence in acquisition of small molecule company.
    • Managed integration of US and European subsidiaries of Chinese company.


    • Stanford University, M.S., 2006
    • University of California, San Diego, B.S., 1996
    • Vermont Law School, J.D., 1994
    • California State University, Fullerton, B.S., 1991


    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1997
    • California, 1994

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    • Speaker, “Legal and Regulatory Panel,” 3DHEALS Conference, San Francisco, California, April 21, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Legal Workshop: Business Considerations,” 3DHEALS Conference, 3DHEALS Conference, San Francisco, California, April 21, 2018.

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