Technology & IP Transactions

Businesses in growth sectors such as energy, life sciences, e-commerce and information technology are experiencing a technology explosion. Hand in hand with a drive to innovate in areas such as cloud storage, payment processing, process automation and machine learning comes strategic transactions to diversify product lines, develop new technologies, monetize IP assets and form strategic partnerships.

Key Contacts

Joshua G. Gigger Partner Salt Lake City, UT
Anne W. Glazer Partner Portland, OR
Scott F. Young Partner Salt Lake City, UT
Matthew R. Wilmot Partner Portland, OR
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Overview

Our technology transactions team aligns significant experience in complex and sophisticated strategic transactions with deep technological and industry knowledge. We pride ourselves on understanding our client’s industries and technologies so that we can provide proactive rather than reactive advice and counseling.

Our clients are leaders in a wide variety of industries, including:

  • E-commerce
  • Cloud/SaaS Data Centers
  • FinTech
  • Health IT
  • Biotech
  • Medical Devices
  • Manufacturing
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Retail
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Digital Media
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Traditional and Renewable Energy
  • Transportation Tech
  • Big Data
  • Open Source

Our Services
Our deep understanding of our clients’ technologies combined with our business acumen and pragmatic approach to getting deals done allows us to deliver innovative and strategic solutions for our most innovative clients.   Our services include the following:

  • Structuring and negotiation of information technology (ITO) and business process outsourcing (BPO) transactions
  • VAR, OEM, distribution and reseller agreements
  • Development and acquisition of hardware and software
  • Strategic alliances and joint ventures, both foreign and domestic
  • Collaborations and co-development transactions
  • Manufacturing and supply agreements
  • Patent, technology, software, content, copyright, trademark and data licenses
  • Patent monetization
  • Co-branding
  • Tech transfer and sponsored research
  • IP ownership and strategic analysis associated with M&A and other transactions
  • Transactional due diligence
  • Terms of service, terms of use and EULAs
  • Privacy policies

Our multi-faceted team offers specific experience navigating the numerous legal issues that can come into play when structuring and negotiating intellectual property transactions—antitrust law, the Uniform Commercial Code, export/import regulations, corporate finance, data privacy, securities law and tax strategy.  We recognize that collaboration and communication are key deal success factors as we deploy appropriate resources to achieve  each client’s business objectives.  Our cross-disciplinary team of technology and IP transactions lawyers can handle every aspect of a complex transaction in an integrated and collaborative manner so as to provide our clients efficient and cost effective results. 

Matters

Our expertise is evidenced by the countless technology and IP transactions our clients have trusted us to handle.  Recent representative engagements include:

  • Representation of a European agricultural company in establishing U.S. joint venture through cross-licensing of the client’s and the joint-venturer’s IP and technology.
  • Representation of a video-streaming hardware and software company in the development of master purchase agreement for client’s hardware, software and cloud services.
  • Advised a local government agency on open source software diligence and the transfer of related software applications and customer licenses to a state government agency.
  • Representation of cancer diagnostics company in drafting and negotiating clinical trial and laboratory services agreements. 
  • Acted as outside counsel to a municipal government agency on its acquisition and implementation of a new ERP software system.
  • Representation of medication education content provider in development and deployment of online solution to enable pharmacy professionals to meet national certification standards.
  • Representation of the seller in the sale of a line of business comprising software, hardware, related IP assets and customer accounts in the field of online surveys and customer feedback assessments.
  • Advised a startup technology company on the license terms and implementation of software applications used to monetize sites on the Tumblr platform.
  • Representation of  the owner of a patent portfolio and related technology in the sale of the portfolio to a multinational game and toy company.
  • Representation of an online education services company in the negotiation and documentation of a license for its content management and distribution platform customized for a Canadian education services company.
  • Advised a state agency on the negotiation and documentation of an outsource arrangement for various ecommerce and related services offered by the state.
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