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Intellectual Property Transactions and Rights Management

LEADERSHIP: Reza Mollaaghababa and Peter T. Wakiyama

We know how to get deals done.

It is hard to find a business that does not depend on intellectual property and other intangible assets for its very existence. For many companies, IP (or the products, services or technology based on it) is their stock in trade – hardware, software, the Internet and the “cloud,” e-commerce, IT and business process outsourcing, chemicals, nanoparticles, pharmaceuticals, medical imaging and other diagnostic equipment, medical devices, music and video content, and an endless list of other products and services.

Other businesses use IP and technology to design, develop, manufacture, market, sell and deliver products and services, manage personnel and other resources, bill customers and manage accounts receivable, and to keep their books. In addition, every company must be a careful steward of its brand, public image and corporate reputation.

Pepper attorneys have the broad and deep experience to help these companies succeed. We understand that IP is an asset, albeit an intangible asset, to be bought and sold, managed and exploited. We handle stand-alone IP transactions, and we collaborate with other lawyers, in-house counsel, and client teams to advance our clients’ interests in corporate M&A transactions, debt financing transactions, bankruptcy proceedings and other matters involving technology or technology companies. We know the technology, we understand the needs of companies large and small, and we represent buyers as easily as sellers. We help our clients negotiate and perform diligence relating to:

  • licenses of all types and varieties covering patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets
  • settlement agreements resolving patent, copyright and trademark litigation
  • consulting agreements
  • development and joint development arrangements
  • sponsored research agreements
  • asset purchase arrangements including patents, trademarks, copyrightable works and other intangible assets
  • outsourcing and off-shoring deals
  • manufacturing and supply agreements
  • OEM, distribution, reseller, marketing representative agreements
  • marketing and merchandizing agreements
  • e-commerce arrangements, including linking, Web store development and social networking
  • government contracts and subcontracts.