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 innovative and effective technology-related agreements.

In the highly competitive worlds of biotechnology and information technology, licensing transactions and strategic alliances can make the difference between success and failure. The attorneys in WilmerHale's Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice—many of whom have backgrounds in computer engineering, biochemistry, and other technical fields—collaborate closely with our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and tax lawyers to negotiate agreements for clients across a broad spectrum of industries. They handle hundreds of complex joint ventures, strategic alliances, and outsourcing and licensing transactions each year, some of which span international borders. Their work often receives industry commendation for its significance in shaping the future of science and technology.


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Barrett, Steven D.

Steven D. Barrett

Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice Group

+1 617 526 6238 (t)

Juran, Belinda M.

Belinda M. Juran

Co-Chair, Technology Transactions and Licensing Practice Group

Co-Chair, Life Sciences Group

+1 617 526 6987 (t)

Barrett, Steven D.

Steven D. Barrett


+1 617 526 6238 (t)

Braun, Martin

Dr. Martin Braun


+49 69 27 10 78 207 (t)

Finkel, Robert M.

Robert M. Finkel


+1 212 295 6555 (t)

Juran, Belinda M.

Belinda M. Juran


+1 617 526 6987 (t)

Khorana, Adit

Adit Khorana


+1 650 858 6164 (t)

Kipnis, Jason

Jason D. Kipnis


+1 650 600 5036 (t)

Schubert, Klaus

Klaus Schubert


+49 30 20 22 65 56 (t)

Singer, Steven D.

Steven D. Singer


+1 212 295 6307 (t)


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

  • Cutting-edge biotech developers Epizyme, Macrogenics, Merrimack, Ophthotech and Vedanta
  • Gene-therapy innovator Spark Therapeutics
  • Consumer electronics companies Bose and TiVo
  • Telecommunications leaders Broadcom and Altiostar
  • Data analysis pioneers Kensho and Thasos 
  • Software and IT developers Toyota InfoTechnology Center and Progress
  • Pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Healthcare IT innovator Caradigm

Read more about the transactions we've done.

Publications & News


September 14, 2015

LMG Life Sciences Release 2015 Rankings, Again Names WilmerHale a "Life Cycle Firm"

In its latest edition, LMG Life Sciences recognizes eight WilmerHale practice areas and 16 attorneys, and for the fourth consecutive year names WilmerHale a "Life Cycle Firm."

July 2, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in Germany 2015

Nine WilmerHale lawyers from the Berlin and Frankfurt offices were listed in Best Lawyers in Germany, ranking in a recent edition of Handelsblatt.

July 1, 2015

WilmerHale Named a Leading National Firm in the United States by The Legal 500

The Legal 500 United States has released its annual rankings, selecting WilmerHale as one of the preeminent law firms in the country.

May 22, 2015

Federal Trade Commission Signals Intensified Focus on Security-By-Design and the Internet of Things With New Start with Security Initiative for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

While the FTC's initial focus in the Start with Security initiative has been on providing guidance to small and medium-sized businesses, it also serves to put companies of all sizes on notice that the FTC will be increasingly targeting security practices relating to emerging technologies, apps, connected household devices and the "Internet of Things."

May 19, 2015

WilmerHale Practices, Lawyers Ranked Among Nation’s Best by Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2015 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 46 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 86 WilmerHale attorneys as leaders in their respective fields.

May 6, 2015

Selected 2015 Strategic Alliances, Joint Venture and Licensing Transactions

Our corporate, licensing, intellectual property and regulatory lawyers regularly handle a high volume of 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.

May 6, 2015

Selected 2015 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.

March 12, 2015

WilmerHale Lawyers, Practices Recognized in 2015 Edition of Chambers Global

Thirty-two WilmerHale lawyers are named among "The World's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global. In addition to these individual accolades, the firm is recognized in 17 practice areas that span six different regions.

March 11, 2015

Thomson Reuters Nominates MacroGenics and Spark Therapeutics for Allicense Breakthrough Alliance Award

WilmerHale is pleased to congratulate clients MacroGenics Inc. and Spark Therapeutics Inc. for having been selected by Thomson Reuters as nominees for the Allicense Breakthrough Alliance Award 2014—an award that honors the creative partnering efforts of business development licensing and M&A professionals.

November 4, 2014

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Release 2015 “Best Law Firms” List, Names WilmerHale International Arbitration “Law Firm of the Year”

The 2015 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list includes WilmerHale being named a first-tier law firm in 24 national and 62 metro-area rankings. In addition, the firm boasts more than 20 second- and third-tier rankings in several national and metro-area rankings.


  • Best Lawyers in America – Recognized nearly 100 WilmerHale partners in 2015, 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.
  • BioPharm Insight – Consistently lists our attorneys among the leading legal advisors for biotech and pharma licensing agreements in the global, North American and European and Asia-Pacific ranking tables.
  • Chambers Global – Named WilmerHale among the best in the United States in outsourcing in 2014 and 2015.
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business – Named the firm in 2014 and 2015 among the best in the nation in technology and outsourcing, and recognized the "enormously respected" Robert Finkel as a "thought leader in the sourcing industry" with "unparalleled" industry knowledge in 2012-2014.
  • LMG Life Sciences Ranked the firm in its 2013 and 2014 editions in the areas of patent prosecution, corporate, and licensing and collaboration. The firm was also named a 2014 "Lifecycle Firm," meaning the firm is regarded as one of the best full-service law firms serving the life sciences industry. Co-Chair Steven Barrett also has been named a "Life Sciences Star" in the 2012-2014 editions.
  • Super Lawyers – Named Co-Chair Steven Barrett a "Massachusetts Super Lawyer" in the 2014 edition of Boston Magazine.
  • The Legal 500 United States – Recognized Co-Chair Belinda Juran in 2013 as "a fantastic collaborator" and "outstanding in licensing."
  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers® – In the 2014 "Best Law Firms" rankings, our technology law practice was ranked in the first-tier nationally and in Boston. Our information technology law practice was also ranked in the third-tier nationally and second-tier in Boston.
  • Who's Who Legal – Recognized Co-Chair Steven Barrett as a leader in life sciences in the 2015 edition.