Ashwin Gokhale


Gokhale, Ashwin

Ashwin Gokhale helps public and private technology companies navigate through technology transactions and licensing matters. He draws on his prior experience leading a legal team at a high-growth venture-backed company and his business experience working for various other startups in Silicon Valley to provide practical solutions to the legal and business challenges his clients face.

He regularly negotiates and advises technology companies on a range of intellectual property licensing and other commercial transactions, including agreements for software and hardware development and licensing, manufacturing and distribution, advertising and marketing, patent licensing, mergers and acquisitions and venture capital investments.

He counsels a broad range of clients—from large public companies to startups and emerging companies—across the tech sector, including AI and machine learning, AdTech and digital media, web services, e-commerce, EdTech, healthcare IT, software, computer hardware and alternative energy. Learn more about Mr. Gokhale's practice and how he can support your startup at


  • "Finality of Conviction, the Right to Appeal, and Deportation under Montenegro v. Ashcroft: The Case of the Dog That Did Not Bark,” 40 University of San Francisco Law Review 241


Prior to joining WilmerHale, Mr. Gokhale led the legal department at YuMe, Inc., a leader in the video advertising technology and services space. He was responsible for managing all legal matters for the company, including three rounds of equity financing, the acquisition of a UK-based video advertising company, establishing a subsidiary in India, advice on privacy issues surrounding online advertisement targeting and several high-value strategic agreements with major media properties and consumer electronics device manufacturers.

Mr. Gokhale began his legal career in the technology transactions practice group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

During law school, Mr. Gokhale was a full-time extern for the Honorable Susan Illston of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of California. Before he received his law degree, Mr. Gokhale worked in business development and marketing at several venture-backed startup companies.

Recent Highlights

Mr. Gokhale's recent work includes the following:

Machine Learning/AI

  • Metamind in licensing agreements and transactional advice, including the company's acquisition by;
  • Pilot AI Labs in various agreements relating to the company's machine learning-based computer vision technology; and
  • Cape Analytics in licensing matters.


  • Broadcom in licensing and collaboration agreements;
  • Intel Corporation in a variety of patent-related matters;
  • Lion Semiconductor in several development and licensing agreements; and
  • TiVo Inc. in numerous licensing, collaboration and distribution agreements.

Litigation Settlement

  • Hewlett-Packard Enterprise in settlement of patent litigation with ServiceNow;
  • SanDisk in settlement of trade secret litigation with SK Hynix; and
  • several agreements for a variety of clients settling patent litigation brought against them by non-practicing entities, including on behalf of Xero Inc. and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Orbitera in its acquisition by Google;
  • Kountermove in its acquisition by DraftKings;
  • RedHat in the acquisitions of InkTank Storage and ManageIQ; and
  • Seeo in its acquisition by Bosch.

Life Sciences

  • Epizyme in the reacquisition of EZH2oncology program rights from Eisai;
  • Incyte Corporation in the negotiation of a strategic alliance with Agenus Inc. to develop immuno-oncology antibodies; and
  • Roche in a collaboration with Pacific Biosciences.

University Licensing and Collaborations

  • several startups in patent licensing agreements covering foundational technology with the University of California;
  • Brightfield Technologies in patent license with Johns Hopkins University; and
  • various tech companies with patent licensing and sponsored research agreements with universities including CalTech, Stanford University, the University of Utah and the University of Delaware.

Professional Activities

Mr. Gokhale is a frequent speaker on key issues facing entrepreneurs relating to intellectual property and technology law.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2016 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his work in Media, Technology and Telecoms: Outsourcing and Transactions
  • Recognized in the 2013-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in the technology transactions category

Publications & News


October 6, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Navient in $155M Acquisition of Earnest

Navient, a leading provider of asset management and business processing solutions, announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Earnest, a leading financial technology and education finance company.

August 4, 2017

WilmerHale Represents Fortive in Acquisition of Industrial Scientific Corporation

On July 27, 2017, Fortive Corporation (NYSE: FTV) announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Industrial Scientific Corporation, a leading provider of portable gas detection equipment and a safety-as-a-service pioneer.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

August 10, 2016

WilmerHale Advises Orbitera in Acquisition by Google

The Google Cloud Platform team shares Orbitera's vision for seamless purchase and deployment of IT services across heterogeneous cloud infrastructure.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

May 23, 2016

WilmerHale Counsels Kite Hill in $18 Million Funding Round From Lead Investors General Mills and CAVU Venture Partners

WilmerHale represented Kite Hill in raising $18 million, with lead investments from General Mills' new venture unit and CAVU Venture Partners.

January 4, 2016

WilmerHale Announces 2016 Partner and Special Counsel Elevations

We are pleased to announce the elevation of our new partners and special counsel in 2016.

July 16, 2013

Palo Alto Attorneys Featured in 2013 Northern California Super Lawyers

Twenty-two WilmerHale attorneys ranked in the tenth annual Northern California Super Lawyers listing for 2013.

December 21, 2012

Yandex and Sberbank Announce Joint Venture for Electronic-Money Solutions


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JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2006, Member, University of San Francisco Law Review

BA, Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

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