Intellectual Property Transactions

As the most valuable corporate assets become increasingly intangible, the importance of identifying and solving intellectual property-related issues arising in complex corporate transactions becomes ever more essential. Our Intellectual Property Transactions Group counsels clients on intellectual property (IP) issues arising in all types of corporate and financial transactions, including:

  • Acquisitions and divestitures of IP and technology assets
  • Joint ventures and joint development arrangements
  • Licensing and technology transactions
  • Research and development agreements
  • Securitization of intellectual property in debt transactions
  • Technology services agreements
  • IP portfolio development counseling
  • IP due diligence
  • Internet and new media issues

We provide critical support on nearly every transaction in which the firm is involved—including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, bankruptcies and financings—handling critical IP due diligence and the development of intellectual property portfolio strategies. The group also works closely with corporate, antitrust and tax lawyers in order to deliver intellectual property law advice from an integrated, multidisciplinary point of view.

One emphasis of the Intellectual Property Transactions Group is representing multinational companies in cross-border transactions and financial offerings in multiple jurisdictions. With members in New York, California and Europe, our global reach enables the group to meet the demands of our multinational clients and to provide sophisticated and up-to-the-minute advice in relation to IP law and its development on a global basis. We also have considerable experience advising multinational companies on the intellectual property and related regulatory issues inherent in operating in multiple jurisdictions. A particular focus in this area is strategic advice relating to prosecution and management of global IP portfolios.

Shearman & Sterling's Intellectual Property Transactions Group was built through selective recruitment and training to create a group having outstanding legal and technical credentials. Our intellectual property attorneys hold degrees in fields that include chemical engineering, computer science and biochemistry, and many of our attorneys are registered to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office. Group members also have work experience as scientists and engineers with leading life science and technology companies. In addition, attorneys in the group have experience at the US Patent & Trademark Office and as in-house intellectual property counsel in a variety of fields, including software, consumer products and media/entertainment.


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