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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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

Co-Chair, Life Sciences 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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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.

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.

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.  
  • BioPharm Insight – Consistently listed 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
  • 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 and Michael Bevilacqua as "a phenomenal lawyer" who has "excellent client relationships."
  • 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 the 2014 and 2015 "Best Law Firms" rankings, the firm was honored with a first-tier national ranking in technology law and a second- and third-tier national rankings in information technology law. WilmerHale also received first- and second-tier metropolitan rankings in Boston for technology law.