About Our Communications Practice
Fenwick & West represents companies at the forefront of all areas of communications, from networking infrastructure to broadband service providers, content developers and distributors, cable and satellite providers, mobile phone operators and local and long distance carriers. We also regularly represent the private equity firms, investment banks and other financial institutions that invest in these companies.
Our experienced teams of cross-disciplinary attorneys represent some of the largest communications and networking companies in the world, such as Cisco and LG. We also represent emerging innovators and disrupters in mobile content, apps, advertising, analytics, mobile payments and network security. Our attorneys provide advice and counsel on negotiating complex licensing and other commercial agreements, intellectual property, strategic mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, antitrust and unfair competition, regulatory, privacy, venture financing and international tax issues.
What You Can Expect with Fenwick on Your Team
A wide array of networking, mobile and other communications experience
Our attorneys have deep experience with a wide range of communication technologies, including handheld devices, operating systems, compression technologies, mobile payments, optical networking equipment, location-based services, VoIP, and network security equipment. Your Fenwick attorney will truly understand your technology, business and your goals. Right from the start we will demonstrate value by asking the right questions and swiftly responding with practical business guidance and creative strategies.
A large, communications-savvy technology transactions practice
Licensing and technology transactions are critical to the communications industry. Our more than 25 licensing and technology transactions professionals are devoted full-time to negotiating commercial agreements. We have negotiated hundreds of licenses and agreements on behalf of our clients with many of the world’s leaders in the communication industry, such as AT&T, Sprint, Orange, T-Mobile, Nokia, 20th Century Fox, Orange and O2 UK. Our experience includes licensing agreements, master development and support agreements, negotiation of distribution agreements, reseller agreements, strategic OEM agreements, wireless service resale and sales representative agreements, and the formation of joint ventures.
Deep antitrust experience
We have extensive federal and state litigation experience at both trial and appellate levels brought by the DOJ and the FTC, including civil and criminal government investigations, mergers, distribution programs, price-fixing, monopolization, and Robinson-Patman price discrimination claims. In addition, our antitrust attorneys have handled over 150 filings with the FTC and DOJ antitrust sections specifically responsible for high technology matters, including many of the most significant transactions in the communications industry, such as Cisco System’s $6.9billion acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta.