Technology Transactions and Licensing TRANSACTIONAL

WilmerHale’s technology transactions and licensing lawyers leverage technical knowledge, business acumen and legal experience to structure, prepare and negotiate technology-related agreements. We apply the depth and breadth of our expertise to generate value for our clients. As a result, we were selected by PLC Cross-Border Life Sciences Handbook 2009/10 as a "leading" law firm in the US in Commercial/Partnering.

Each year, we handle hundreds of strategic alliances, joint ventures, outsourcing and licensing transactions. The complexity of these deals often demands deep experience and close collaboration among our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and tax lawyers. Some of these deals are helping to shape the future of science and technology, and others have received industry recognition for their importance. For example, for a number of years we worked on the biotech strategic alliance chosen by Recombinant Capital for the Breakthrough Alliance Award.

Many of these transactions span several countries or continents. Our lawyers in the United States, Europe and Asia work together seamlessly to find the right solution for our clients' business.

We regularly advise clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including:

  • information technology and electronics
  • biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • nanotechnology
  • telecommunications
  • Internet and e-commerce
  • healthcare and medical devices

WilmerHale’s technology transactions and licensing lawyers leverage technical knowledge, business acumen and legal experience to structure, prepare and negotiate technology-related agreements. We apply the depth and breadth of our expertise to generate value for our clients. As a result, we were selected by PLC Cross-Border Life Sciences Handbook 2009/10 as a "leading" law firm in the US in Commercial/Partnering.

Each year, we handle hundreds of strategic alliances, joint ventures, outsourcing and licensing transactions. The complexity of these deals often demands deep experience and close collaboration among our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and tax lawyers. Some of these deals are helping to shape the future of science and technology, and others have received industry recognition for their importance. For example, for a number of years we worked on the biotech strategic alliance chosen by Recombinant Capital for the Breakthrough Alliance Award.

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Contacts

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Barrett, Steven D.

Steven D. Barrett

Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice Group

+1 617 526 6238 (t)

steven.barrett@wilmerhale.com

Juran, Belinda M.

Belinda M. Juran

Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice Group

+1 617 526 6987 (t)

belinda.juran@wilmerhale.com

Barrett, Steven D.

Steven D. Barrett

Partner

+1 617 526 6238 (t)

steven.barrett@wilmerhale.com

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun

Partner

+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

martin.braun@wilmerhale.com

Finkel, Robert M.

Robert M. Finkel

Partner

+1 212 295 6555 (t)

robert.finkel@wilmerhale.com

Juran, Belinda M.

Belinda M. Juran

Partner

+1 617 526 6987 (t)

belinda.juran@wilmerhale.com

Khorana, Adit

Adit Khorana

Partner

+1 650 858 6164 (t)

adit.khorana@wilmerhale.com

Kipnis, Jason

Jason D. Kipnis

Partner

+1 650 600 5036 (t)

jason.kipnis@wilmerhale.com

Schubert, Klaus

Klaus Schubert

Partner

+49 30 20 22 65 56 (t)

klaus.schubert@wilmerhale.com

Singer, Steven D.

Steven D. Singer

Partner

+1 212 295 6307 (t)

steven.singer@wilmerhale.com

Experience

We represent numerous market leaders in technology and life sciences, including:

  • Biopharmaceutical companies such as Bayer, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Sepracor
  • Instrument and laboratory sciences companies such as PerkinElmer and Thermo Electron
  • Software companies such as Amdocs, Avid and Red Hat
  • Semiconductor industry companies such as Analog Devices and Varian Semiconductor
  • Suppliers of computer storage and peripheral devices such as EMC and Iomega
  • Enablers of e-commerce such as Akamai Technologies and DoubleClick

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Publications & News

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October 15, 2014

Restrictions Governing International Trade in Genetic Resources Enter Into Force

On October 12, 2014, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits from their Utilization entered into international force. The Protocol establishes a new legal framework to govern access to and utilization of genetic resources, including genetic material and any naturally occurring derivative compound.

August 28, 2014

LMG Life Sciences Honors Firm, Attorneys with Top Rankings for Third Consecutive Year

The 2014 edition of LMG Life Sciences has been released, and it includes the recognition of nine WilmerHale practice areas and 17 attorneys.

May 23, 2014

Chambers USA Ranks Top WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices in 2014 Edition

We are pleased to announce the names of the individuals and practice areas that are ranked in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

May 20, 2014

Ophthotech Corporation Enters into Ex-US Licensing and Commercialization Agreement for Fovista® with Novartis

On May 19, 2014, WilmerHale client Ophthotech Corporation announced that the company had entered into an ex-US licensing and commercialization agreement with Novartis Pharmaceuticals focused on the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Technology Transactions

For more than four decades, we have represented technology clients in venture capital financings, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions; handled their licensing, outsourcing, services, joint venture, development and distribution transactions throughout the world; protected their innovations through patent prosecution and portfolio development; defended their interests in enterprise-critical patent litigation; and navigated regulatory issues vital to their success.

April 25, 2014

Selected 2014 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers have recently handled numerous strategic alliance, joint venture, licensing, collaboration, product development, outsourcing, manufacturing, distribution and similar agreements, including many significant deals that are helping to shape the future of science and technology.

March 14, 2014

Chambers & Partners Recognizes WilmerHale in its 2014 Global Edition

Thirty-one WilmerHale lawyers have been named among the “World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, 13 of the firm’s practice areas were also recognized.

January 24, 2014

Silicon Valley Business Journal Ranks WilmerHale as the Eleventh Largest Law Firm in Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley Business Journal reported its “Top Law Firms” results and WilmerHale was ranked as the eleventh largest law firm in Silicon Valley.

January 23, 2014

US Supreme Court Holds That a Patentee Bears the Burden of Persuasion on the Issue of Infringement in a Declaratory Judgment Action

The US Supreme Court unanimously reversed a decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and held that the patentee bears the burden of persuasion on the issue of patent infringement in a declaratory judgment action brought by a licensee.

January 21, 2014

Federal Circuit Finds Patentees Entitled to Additional Patent Term Adjustment

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America – In the 2015 edition, Best Lawyers recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers, naming nine "Lawyer of the Year," including David Westenberg as Boston Information Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year." From 2010-2013, WilmerHale's Technology Law practice received a number one ranking.  
  • Chambers Global – Named WilmerHale among the best in the United States in Outsourcing
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Named the firm among the best in the nation in Technology & Outsourcing, and recognized the "enormously respected" Robert Finkel as a "thought leader in the sourcing industry" with "unparalleled" industry knowledge
  • PLC Cross-Border Life Sciences Handbook – Ranked the firm in its 2009/10 edition as a "leading" law firm in the US in Commercial/Partnering
  • The Legal 500 United States – In the 2009-2011 editions, WilmerHale was recognized in the area of technology: data protection and privacy
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In 2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings, the firm was honored with a first-tier national ranking in technology law and a second-tier national ranking in information technology law. WilmerHale also received first-tier and second-tier metropolitan rankings in Boston for technology law.