Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions

Our intellectual property lawyers are unique.

We combine extensive transactional experience, intellectual property expertise, keen business insight and a deep understanding of technology across a range of industries, within the United States and abroad. We enable our clients to leverage their intellectual capital to realize business objectives and achieve successful outcomes. Our attorneys know current business models and industry best practices and anticipate developments in the law to adapt to new technologies. Whether we are negotiating IP-driven commercial transactions, creating online contracts, securing university licenses, implementing corporate innovation programs and patent protection strategies or developing policies and procedures to comply with privacy and data security laws and regulations, we deliver creative and pragmatic solutions for maximizing the value of our clients’ technology and intellectual property assets.


Our lawyers understand the business of intellectual property.

We enable clients to capture market opportunities and build businesses based upon intellectual property. Our attorneys focus on getting deals done. We have extensive experience in forging successful business relationships to acquire, develop, license, sell and commercialize intellectual property and technology throughout the world. Having structured and negotiated hundreds of IP-driven commercial transactions, we know what terms are customary and we identify those that are “out of market.” These transactions include strategic partnering relationships and joint ventures, licensing deals, university technology transfers, patent assignments, product development and distribution arrangements, research and development collaborations, manufacturing agreements and sales and marketing relationships. Our attorneys are particularly skilled in closing deals for emerging growth companies engaged in negotiations with much larger companies. After agreements are signed, we assist clients, when necessary, in managing these business relationships to ensure their expected outcomes are realized.


We enable clients to maximize the value of their intellectual property and the security of their innovations. We create and implement strategies, aligned with business objectives, to encourage IP development, build defensible IP barriers to competition, monetize IP assets and, ultimately, realize returns on IP investments. Our attorneys formulate and implement patent protection guidelines, evaluate IP portfolios in acquisitions, produce patent maps for planning technology and product roadmaps, build and manage trademark portfolios and create policies and procedures to safeguard trade secrets. With an IP strategy in place, our clients are positioned to defend their markets and make productive use of their intellectual property in licensing and merchandising transactions, technology collaborations and acquisitions.


Practice Group Chair

Kevin DeBré

Kevin DeBré


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Kevin DeBré is the chair of the firm’s intellectual property & technology transactions practice group. Kevin advises entrepreneurs and companies that use intellectual property to build their businesses. Kevin has particular expertise in structuring and negotiating technology commercialization and patent licenses, strategic alliances, research and development collaborations, trademark licensing and brand merchandising agreements and manufacturing, distribution and marketing arrangements. He also counsels clients on compliance with data security and privacy laws and regulations.

Representative Clients

IP & Technology Transactions News & Announcements

Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Adds Leading Intellectual Property Attorney Adrian Cyhan to Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions Practice
Los Angeles, CA (January 25, 2021) – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, Southern California’s leading business law firm, has announced that nationally recognized intellectual property...
SA&M Partner Kevin DeBré named 2021 Best Lawyers® 
August 20, 2020 — Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP attorney Kevin D. DeBré, Chair of the IP and Technology Transactions practice, was recently recognized by Best Lawyers as the...
3 Stubbs Alderton & Markiles Attorneys Honored as 2021 Best Lawyers in America
LOS ANGELES, CA, August 20, 2020 — Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is pleased to announce that 3 lawyers have been included in the 2021 Edition of The...
Eight Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Attorneys Listed As 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is pleased to announce that eight lawyers have been named to the 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of...
SA&M Client Theseus AI Negotiates IP License Agreement with UCLA
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles client Theseus AI, founded by a UCLA neurosurgeon that aims to address the costly medical problem of unnecessary spine surgeries, has...
Copyright Owners Must Obtain Registration Before Filing an Infringement Lawsuit
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court made clear what has been a gray area of copyright law – copyright owners must register their work with the U.S. Copyright Office before suing for copyright infringement. Previously, courts in some circuits (including the Ninth Circuit) permitted infringement suits to go forward before registration while applications were pending.
SA&M Partner Kevin DeBré Published in CLA Business Law News
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ partner Kevin DeBré’s article on Data Protection Laws has been published in the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Business Law News. The article is titled...
SAM Alert -
As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has released new generic top-level domains (gTLDS), clients concerned about protecting their trademarks and famous...
Kevin DeBré's Article
Kevin DeBré’s article “Let Your Business Strategy Drive IP Protection” has been featured in today’s edition of the online WSJ column, The Accelerators. Kevin discusses...
Patent Law News Flash from Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP
Important Business News from Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP New U.S. Patent Law Awarding Patents on a First-to-File Basis Goes into Effect What Every Entrepreneur...
Flashback to 2011 - America Invents Act Affects How Every Company Protects Inventions
Below is an article from September 27, 2011 written by Kevin DeBré, Chair of Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Intellectual Property Practice, regarding the America Invent...
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP Advises Stealth Startup Linqia in $3.4M First Round Funding
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP announced that it advised stealth startup Linqia in its first round of funding, pulling in $3.4 million. Javelin Venture Partners’...
Six Stubbs Alderton & Markiles’ Attorneys Listed as 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers
Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP is pleased to announce that six lawyers have been named to the 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding...