Stephen D. Gillespie

Industry Co-Chair, Blockchain

Partner, Technology Transactions  

San Francisco 415.875.2421


Stephen Gillespie provides strategic and legal advice to software, new media and technology companies. He helps his clients build and protect their value through careful management of the legal and intellectual property aspects of their key transactions. He structures, drafts, and negotiates mission critical agreements, including national and international development and distribution agreements, licenses, strategic alliances, and business process outsourcing transactions. He also manages the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including as lead outside IP counsel on acquisitions for Cisco, Symantec, Electronic Arts and other acquirers. In addition, he has significant experience in cloud/SaaS and open source business models and export control regulations.

Among his recent clients are:

  • Enterprise Software/Infrastructure: Cisco; Symantec; American Express; Interwoven; The TriZetto Group; Barclays Capital (BlackRock); Concur; Splunk
  • Entertainment Software: Electronic Arts; Cryptic Studios; Robot Entertainment; Stormfront Studios; XPD Media
  • Mobile Content/New Media: Skype; Qik; Glu Mobile; VeriSign/Jamster (joint venture with 20th Century Fox); MobiTV; Rhythm NewMedia; SendMe Mobile; Chordiant
  • Cloud/SaaS and Open Source: SuccessFactors; Adaptive Planning; MySQL; Splunk; POTI (Songbird); Medsphere Systems

Stephen has been a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, cloud computing, and open source business models:

  • "Intellectual Property Issues in Merger and Acquisition Agreements," in Intellectual Property in Business Transactions(CEB 2008)
  • "Losing Control: Indirect Sales Strategies and Unauthorized Distribution of Software" in 4 World Licensing Law Report No. 6, (June 2002).