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

Past Experience

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.


  • "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

Professional Activities

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


  • 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.
  • Hardware

    • 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.


  • Recommended in the 2016–2018 editions of The Legal 500 United States for his work in Media, Technology and Telecoms: Outsourcing and Transactions
  • Recognized in the 2013–2018 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers as a "Rising Star" in the technology transactions category

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  • Education

    • JD, University of San Francisco School of Law, 2006

      Member, University of San Francisco Law Review
    • BA, Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

  • Admissions

    • California

  • Languages

    • Marathi