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Michael J. Wise Partner

Firmwide Chair, Life Sciences & Healthcare Industry Group

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Michael Wise, a partner with Perkins Coie, is chair of the Life Sciences & Healthcare industry sector. His practice focuses on patent portfolio management and complex contested patent matters in the life sciences industry. Michael has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management in the IAM Patent 1000, and by Chambers Global as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ highlighted as an "incredibly knowledgeable, extremely capable and very accessible" attorney.

He has 30 years of patent counseling, procurement and litigation experience handling district court patent litigation, inter partes review and interference matters before the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Michael has litigated a wide variety of technologies, including biologic and small molecule therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices, software and electronics. For 20 years, Michael has been an active member of the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio) where he has served as the chair of the annual SoCalBio Investor Conference and is the secretary of the Board of Directors. He also regularly advises academic institutions, research institutions, emerging companies, privately held companies and publicly traded companies with respect to protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights.

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Ranked by Chambers & Best Lawyers

Named “Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA for 10 years in a row

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Professional Recognition

  • Named "Top Intellectual Property Attorney in California" by the Daily Journal, 2018, 2020, 2021
  • Elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2020
  • Listed in LMG Life Sciences 2019 as an "Intellectual Property Star"
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences - Patent Litigation, 2018 - 2021
  • Recognized as one of the "2020 Top Lawyers in Southern California" by Los Angeles Times, 2020
  • Recognized as a “Top Attorney in Southern California" by Los Angeles Magazine, 2019
  • Best Lawyers’ Los Angeles "Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice, Lawyer of the Year," 2018, 2020
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016 - 2022: Biotechnology and Life Sciences Practice; Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Listed in Chambers Global, 2013 - 2021
  • Recognized as "Life Sciences, Lawyer of the Year, USA," by Lawyer Monthly Legal, 2018
  • Ranked by Chambers USA for IP/Patent Litigation Lawyers in California, 2012 - 2021
  • Listed by Los Angeles Magazine as “Southern California Super Lawyers,” 2013 - 2022
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2013 - 2021
  • Recognized as leading practitioner in life sciences by Who's Who Legal, 2017
  • Ranked in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, Litigation Silver Band, 2016 - 2021
  • Ranked in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, Litigation Bronze Band, 2012 - 2015
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • Southern California Biomedical Council, Secretary, 2004 - present
  • Southern California Biomedical Council, Board Member, 2000 - present





Bar and Court Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California


  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1989
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Biology, 1985