Technology and patent licensing
As intellectual property issues increasingly drive many of today’s transactions, our clients depend on us to handle the many intellectual property matters underlying their business operations. Our lawyers have decades of experience handling a variety of contract, transactional and licensing matters involving issues in a wide range of businesses. Our experience includes licensing, technology transfer, security interests, equipment purchase and maintenance agreements, joint development agreements, assignments, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, employment and consulting contracts, and confidentiality agreements.
In licensing, we strive to seamlessly integrate the legal and intellectual property issues with our clients' business objectives by recognizing the type of intellectual property and technology involved and crafting agreements that best align our client’s goals with the particular characteristics of the subject matter at hand.
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 agreements, such as software development agreements, software licenses (both as licensor and licensee), application service provider agreements, maintenance and support contracts, joint ventures, and US and international distribution agreements. And because nearly all business today is conducted over the internet, we also advise on e-commerce matters such as hosting agreements, development agreements, terms and conditions, privacy policies, and advising on applicable US and foreign legislation. Our lawyers also help our clients develop open source policies, counsel and negotiate on licensing matters, and assess the implications of open-source in a proprietary environment.
We assist clients in evaluating the strength of their intellectual property assets, or the assets of competitors or potential acquisitions, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Our lawyers identify potential issues regarding those assets and solutions or workarounds to those issues. These assessments may be formal or informal and can be for internal audit purposes or for potential investments.