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IP transactions

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Patent transactions and licensing

As IP issues increasingly drive many of today's transactions, clients around the world depend on our intellectual property team to handle the many IP matters underlying their business operations.

Our IP transactional lawyers have decades of experience.

Handling a wide variety of transactional and licensing matters, our IP transactional lawyers are knowledgeable about all types of patent issues in a wide range of businesses.

Our experience includes:

  • licensing
  • assignments
  • due diligence
  • joint development agreements
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • IPOs
  • joint ventures
  • security interests
  • technology transfers
  • employment and consulting contracts
  • confidentiality agreements
  • freedom-to-operate opinions

Trademark transactions and licensing

We are well positioned to provide reasoned advice and counsel on trademark-focused transactions, having one of the nation's largest trademark services and the ability to coordinate efforts with lawyers from more than 50 other service areas within the firm, including finance, mergers and acquisitions, and tax.

Our trademark lawyers have extensive experience counseling clients on trademark issues implicated in a wide range of transactions, including:

  • trademark license and assignment agreements
  • coexistence and concurrent use agreements
  • intercompany licensing arrangements
  • the development of intellectual property holding companies
  • domestic and multi-national mergers, acquisitions and divestitures
  • joint ventures
  • franchise agreements
  • bankruptcies
  • manufacturing and distribution agreements

Copyright transactions and licensing

Our copyright lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of transactional and licensing matters involving all types of copyright issues in a wide range of businesses. Our copyright experience includes:

  • licensing
  • ownership agreements
  • assignments
  • due diligence
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • IPOs
  • joint ventures
  • employment and consulting contracts
  • confidentiality agreements

Software licensing, e-commerce and open source

Software licensing and maintenance is fundamental to doing business in today's economy both for the developer of software and for end users. Acquiring and using the proper software tools entails a host of legal issues, which our intellectual property lawyers are well-equipped to handle.

Our team reviews, advises and negotiates a wide variety of agreements, including software development agreements, software licenses (both as licensor and licensee), maintenance and support contracts, joint ventures, and domestic and international distribution agreements.

Since nearly all of today's business is conducted over the internet, we also advise on e-commerce matters such as preparing terms and conditions, drafting privacy policies, and advising on applicable U.S. and foreign legislation.

Our copyright lawyers also help our clients develop open-source policies, counsel and negotiate on licensing matters and assess the implications of open-source in proprietary environments.

Outsourcing

Our Outsourcing Team is a leader in information technology and business process outsourcing transactions. Outsourcing clients look to the firm to evaluate, structure, negotiate and manage all types of outsourcing transactions, including complex, competitively-bid and multinational transactions.

Our Outsourcing Team has significant experience in structuring, negotiating and drafting global information technology outsourcing agreements, including:

  • infrastructure management
  • applications development and maintenance
  • data center and desktop outsourcing
  • managed network services agreements

Trade secret transactions

Our intellectual property lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of transactional and licensing matters involving all types of trade secret issues. Our experience includes:

  • licensing
  • confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements
  • noncompetition employee agreements
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • IPOs
  • joint ventures
  • asset transfers