Technology & IP Transactions

Attorneys in our Technology & IP Transactions Practice Group spend 100% of their time on technology and intellectual property transactions—a distinguishing feature of Weil.  Our lawyers are true business partners with our clients, offering not only sound and pragmatic legal advice but also a deep understanding of their technology. Our group has extensive experience in all major sectors including media and entertainment, healthcare, life sciences, retail, consumer products, telecom and technology including computer and semiconductor and social networking, among others.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

The group is well known for its cutting-edge work in:

Stand-Alone Technology and IP Transactions

The Technology & IP Transactions Group handles all forms of stand-alone technology and intellectual property transactions such as patent acquisitions, licensing agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, internet/e-commerce arrangements and other types of cross-border technology transactions, among others. Our lawyers handle transactions in the Fintech and Adtech sectors.

Complex Strategic Transactions

The Technology & IP Transactions Group works seamlessly with lawyers in Weil’s global M&A, Private Equity, Banking & Finance and Capital Markets practices in connection with technology and intellectual property-related matters that arise in these types of transactions.

Commercial Transactions

Our lawyers have extensive experience in complex commercial transactions. We regularly negotiate, draft and advise clients on a broad range of commercial contracts, including:

  • Master supply and sourcing agreements
  • Reseller, sales representative and distribution agreements, and other marketing and channel relationships
  • Joint development agreements
  • IT equipment, software and hosting services procurement agreements
  • Software and database development agreements
  • Maintenance and support agreements
  • Services agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements (manufacturing, IT outsourcing; business process outsourcing; renewals, restructurings and disentanglements)

Outsourcing

When contemplating an outsourcing transaction, it is critical to have experienced counsel to guide you through the various pitfalls that can arise. Weil’s attorneys bring valuable market experience and insight to business outsourcing. Weil has a wealth of experience in all degrees of outsourcing, ranging from limited-scope, targeted outsourcing to cross-border transactions and matters involving outsourcing all of a company’s information technology operations. We have been involved in a broad spectrum of transactions and are often called upon for sound judgment in relation to the structuring, drafting and negotiating of complex international outsourcing arrangements.

Cybersecurity

Hardly a day goes by without some sort of cybersecurity or data privacy threat making global headlines — and in these cases, there is only such a thing as bad publicity. As companies grow increasingly more reliant on technology to operate their businesses, engage with customers and disseminate information, a data breach can expose sensitive personal and business information, disrupt mission-critical operations, ruin reputations and attract significant regulatory scrutiny. Our Technology & IP Transactions Group can draw on its experiences to provide guidance on: protecting your company from external cyber threats or “hacktivism,” complying with statutory and regulatory requirements and managing a crisis in the event of a breach.

IP Counseling

Collaborating with lawyers in our IP/Media Litigation and Patent Litigation Practices, the Technology & IP Transactions practice provides services in areas such as IP portfolio management, IP audits and due diligence, trade secret protection and management, standards counseling, open source matters and cloud computing matters, among others.

Representative Clients

We also advise a range of clients. Our client list includes, among others:

  • Array Biopharma, Inc.
  • DIRECTV
  • Eli Lilly and Company
  • General Electric Company
  • GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
  • HNA Group
  • Intel
  • L’Oreal
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (n/k/a S&P Global Inc.)
  • Nortek
  • OMERS Private Equity
  • Panasonic
  • Pirelli
  • Providence Equity Partners and Providence Strategic Growth Partners
  • Sanofi
  • TA Associates
  • Verizon
  • Yahoo!

Selected Representations

Atos S.E.

DIRECTV

General Electric Company

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.

Intel Corporation

L’Oréal USA

Nortek, Inc.

OMERS Private Equity

Providence Strategic Growth Partners

Sanofi

Straight Path Communications Inc.

Technology Crossover Ventures

Verizon

Vonage

Yahoo! Inc.

Key Contacts

Michael A. Epstein

Michael A. Epstein

Partner

New York

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Tier 1 Firm Nationwide for Technology: Transactions

Legal 500 US 2018

Weil has advised 77% of technology companies in 2016 Fortune 100.

Ranked Band 1 for IT & Outsourcing: Transactions in California

Chambers USA 2018

Ranked as a Tier 1 Firm Nationwide for Patents: Licensing and Technology: Transactions

Legal 500 US 2018

Karen Ballack Named Top IP Strategist

IAM Strategy 300 2017

Jeffrey Osterman Named Technology “MVP”

Law360 2016

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