Larissa Bifano > DLA Piper LLP (US) > Boston, United States > Lawyer Profile

DLA Piper LLP (US)
BOSTON MA 02110-1447
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology


Partner; US Chair, Patent Prosecution Practice


Larissa S. Bifano concentrates on patent and other intellectual property strategy, counseling, prosecution, diligence, and litigation in the United States Patent and Trademark Office and federal courts. She also leads the firm’s team that focuses on efforts to assist companies as they navigate the legal landscape of emerging and disruptive technologies, while helping them understand the legal and compliance risks arising from the creation and deployment of AI systems.

She works with clients in diverse industries nationally and internationally to determine and execute a comprehensive IP strategy to address the client’s needs in whatever situation or forum.

Larissa works with numerous clients in the following industries and technologies: clean technologies, including battery systems, solar, alternative energy, wind power; computer technology including artificial intelligence, software, computer databases, solid state devices and wireless positioning systems; medical technologies, including cancer treatment therapies, health and fitness monitoring and implantable devices; and various other technologies including nanotechnology, semiconductor processing, light-emitting diodes, optical systems, cellular networks, and options trading.


J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law; B.A., Cornell University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: licensing

Hailed as ‘the utmost trusted advisors’, the group of attorneys at DLA Piper LLP (US) operates as an ‘extension of the in-house team’ with superb licensing expertise, which is ‘only matched by their business practicality’. Leading life sciences, manufacturing and technology companies rely on the group’s high level of expertise for the licensing components of major transactions, its solid skills negotiating settlement agreements, and its stand-alone licensing practice. Additionally, the firm’s global footprint provides the US licensing team with excellent capabilities to manage cross-border work. The practice is led in conjunction from San Diego, Silicon Valley and Boston by Mark Lehberg, global co-chair of the firm’s commercial contracts practice; Victoria Lee, who co-chairs the firm’s technology sector group; and Larissa Bifano, who steers the patent prosecution team, respectively. The San Diego-based Lisa Haile, who is skilled at handling mergers and acquisitions in the life sciences space as well as in strategic counseling for comprehensive life sciences patent portfolio management, is another key name.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)

DLA Piper LLP (US) houses an ‘exceptionally effective, knowledgeable, and trustworthy practice’ which shows prowess in cases involving a variety of technologies, including electronics, semiconductors, computing, pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices. Boston’s Larissa Bifano, who also leads the firm’s artificial intelligence group which opened in 2019, is the key contact of the department. Lisa Haile in San Diego brings in her experties in the life sciences sphere and garners praise for being ‘very good and producing very high-quality work’.