Practice Group Chair
Kevin DeBré

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.

Technology Transactions

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.

IP Protection Strategy

Our lawyers understand the value of intellectual property.

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.

Privacy & Data Security

Our lawyers understand the importance of personally identifiable information and data.

We enable clients to minimize risks that can lead to a loss of valuable data and to comply with the growing body of privacy and data security laws and regulations in the United States and abroad.  We evaluate our clients’ data collection, protection, use and sharing practices to assess liability risks and provide solutions to minimize these risks.  Our attorneys counsel clients concerning online advertising campaigns, marketing programs, location-based services, and privacy by design practices for developing new products and services.  We develop tailored privacy and data security policies to bring clients into compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and industry best practices.

 

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