Ranked, National Tier 1: Biotechnology Law by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010–2012)
honors + affiliations
President, Women in Licensing Bay Area
Research Assistant to Professor Donald Chisum
Executive Director/Board Member, Leading Women in Technology
Editor-In-Chief, Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal
Recipient, National Merit Scholar
Founder, Women in Engineering Cooperative, Purdue University
Recipient, Schatzel Law and Science Scholarship
Recipient, Law Faculty Scholarship
Recipient, Intellectual Property Association Scholarship
Editor Emeritus, Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California
- Palo Alto
2 Palo Alto Square
3000 El Camino Real, Suite 700
Palo Alto, CA 94306-2121
Elizabeth M. N. Morris is an associate in Morgan Lewis's Intellectual Property Practice. Ms. Morris focuses her practice on patent prosecution, licensing, and litigation covering a wide range of technologies.
Ms. Morris's patent prosecution practice involves handling United States and foreign prosecution in the areas of software, business methods, consumer electronic devices, electric vehicles, wind power, medical devices, and mobile device accessories. She has experience drafting applications, office action responses, appeals, reexaminations, diligence request responses, and in managing patent portfolios. Ms. Morris has a particular focus on patent prosecution highway procedures, fast prosecution mechanisms, and design patents.
Ms. Morris's litigation practice focuses on the technological aspects of patent litigation, including claim interpretation, technical reports, and jury technology tutorials. Recently, she represented a hard disk drive motor manufacturer in a patent infringement case related to fluid dynamic-bearing motors, which resulted in a favorable multimillion-dollar settlement for the client.
Ms. Morris has handled numerous due diligence projects, licensing projects, open source projects, intellectual property strategy counseling projects, and has developed IP trainings for engineers. She has also performed Freedom to Operate analysis and some trademark work.
Ms. Morris is the associate chair of the Palo Alto office's pro bono committee. She has served as president of the executive committee for Women in Licensing Bay Area and has also been the executive director for Leading Women in Technology.
Ms. Morris received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2006, where she served as editor-in-chief for the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal and as a research assistant to Professor Chisum. She also served as president of the Intellectual Property Association, sat on the board of the High Technology Law Institute, and was appointed by the Dean as a pupil to the American Ingram Inn of Court. Ms. Morris won the Witkin Academic Excellence Award in her trademarks class; the CALI Excellence Award Constitutional Law II; and was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing.
Ms. Morris received her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2001, where she was appointed to the honors engineering program. As an undergraduate, she interned as a process engineer for Flextronics International and as a mechanical engineer for SMP Technology.
Ms. Morris is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Central Districts of California, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Santa Clara University School of Law, 2006, J.D.
- Purdue University, 2001, B.S. (Mechanical Engineering)