We have over 60 licensing/transaction attorneys devoted full-time to counseling, drafting, and negotiating technology transactions and often acting as "outsourced general counsel" for technology companies.
We have deep knowledge in analyzing the transactions that are critical to any technology company, including:
- Customer, reseller, VAR and OEM agreements
- In-bound software and technology licenses and acquisitions
- Outsourcing and manufacturing agreements
- Patent licensing
- University licensing
- Strategic alliances and joint ventures
- Standards bodies
We conduct detailed due diligence investigations regarding IP ownership and related issues in connection with internal IP audits, offerings, mergers and acquisitions and strategic transactions.
We also have extensive experience with university and research institute licensing, representing numerous top-tier research organizations across the globe on patent and other IP licensing issues, as well as regular negotiation with OTTs on behalf of private company clients.
With extensive knowledge and deal experience, our licensing team is able to quickly identify and assess issues that are critical to the value of the businesses of technology companies.
Our Approach to Transactions
Tailored to meet each client's unique transaction needs, our approach includes:
- Applying the right Fenwick & West experts to transactions—Corporate, Securities, Tax, Antitrust, IP, Benefits, Licensing and Litigation personnel will be consulted to optimally structure, diligence and negotiate the transaction
- Integrated IP due diligence that facilitates integration of acquired technologies, in-bound licenses and channel/customer contracts
- Experts remaining involved as needed throughout the transaction and after closing to ensure efficient integration
- Right-sized deal teams, depending on transaction type and complexity. Deal teams range from two to 20+ members.
- Crisp, coordinated communication with in-house Business Development and Legal teams on evolving transaction issues and diligence findings