Technology, Software, Licensing & Distribution, Internet & Ecommerce

Technology Licensing and Distribution

We regularly assist clients in structuring, negotiating, and closing sophisticated licensing and related agreements. Given today’s global economy, these matters typically involve complex legal and business issues. Our attorneys have negotiated and closed hundreds of software licensing, technology, distribution, joint venture, and other agreements on behalf of our clients. We typically represent the owner of the technology with many of these deals involving multi-million dollar sales to Fortune 500 and international companies. A representative list of just some of the companies we have negotiated with on behalf of our clients include:

  • AIG
  • AT&T
  • Autodesk
  • Aventis Pharmaceuticals
  • Bank One
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bloomberg, LP
  • Boeing
  • Business Objects
  • Cingular Wireless
  • Dow Jones & Co.
  • GE Medical Systems
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hewlett Packard
  • HON Company
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Lucent Technologies
  • Merrill Lynch
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NetSuite
  • Nokia
  • Principal Life Insurance
  • Raytheon
  • Research in Motion, Ltd.
  • Reuters
  • S&P
  • Samsung
  • Siemens
  • Sprint
  • Target
  • Verizon Wireless

We represent both licensors and licensees—always seeking creative ways to leverage valuable intellectual property rights and to maximize their sources of revenue. We prepare and review a broad spectrum of licensing agreements from traditional patent and software licenses to cutting-edge revenue-sharing agreements for emerging technologies. We assist our clients in licensing all types of technology and intellectual property, including:

  • Patents and Know-how
  • Software, Data and Hardware
  • Cross-License Arrangements
  • Proprietary Technologies

Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

Companies regularly collaborate or form domestic and international strategic alliances with synergistic partners to exploit technology-based products and services. These relationships often involve the formation of joint venture entities. When properly designed and implemented, strategic relationships are beneficial to both parties. Our lawyers are adept at structuring and drafting effective agreements for companies wishing to collaborate or ally themselves with others for purposes of implementing new technologies or expanding into new territories.

Data and Privacy

The collection, use, and sharing of personally identifiable information, both online and offline, is a challenging and ever-changing area of law. We advise clients on the requirements of privacy laws and regulations, as well as prepare and implement privacy policies, draft agreements with business partners to ensure compliance, and assist in the implementation of these policies as issues arise.


Our lawyers regularly draft and update online privacy policies, as well as terms and conditions of use. We are highly skilled and experienced in advising clients on ways to minimize the risk of potential liability from infringing or defamatory materials that may appear on their websites. In the event our clients fall victim to such materials on other sites, we take appropriate court action or work with local law enforcement to remove the materials quickly and efficiently.

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