Shearman And Sterling

As the most valuable corporate assets become increasingly intangible, it is essential to identify and solve intellectual property-related issues arising in complex corporate transactions. Clients look to our Intellectual Property Transactions practice for guidance 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 our clients with 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. We also work closely with corporate, antitrust and tax lawyers to deliver integrated, multidisciplinary intellectual property law advice.

Representing multinational companies in cross-border transactions and financial offerings in multiple jurisdictions is an important part of our practice. With members in New York, California and Europe, our global reach enables us to meet the demands of our multinational clients and provide sophisticated, 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.

Through selective recruitment and training, we have built a practice of lawyers with outstanding legal and technical credentials. Our intellectual property attorneys hold degrees in fields that include chemical engineering, computer science and biochemistry, and many of them are registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many of them have also worked as scientists and engineers with leading life science and technology companies, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and as in-house intellectual property counsel in a variety of fields, including software, consumer products and media/entertainment.