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LICENSING & TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

We assist clients with negotiating software licenses, software maintenance and support agreements, strategic alliances, joint ventures, research and development agreements, and manufacturing, distribution, dealer, OEM and supply agreements. We also help clients protect their proprietary software through patent, copyright and trade secrets.

Our lawyers have represented vendors and large users of computer systems in all aspects of the procurement and protection of hardware and software systems. We have also represented clients in negotiations with software industry trade groups concerning claimed software infringement.

On behalf of several universities, we have been actively involved in the process of technology acquisition and transfer, including drafting, counseling and negotiating related agreements. Those agreements have included patent and technology license agreements with large pharmaceutical and biotech companies for values in excess of several hundred million dollars. Related agreements include third-party research and associated technology and patent license agreements through which a university may obtain commercial funding for ongoing research and lab support.

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Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry.

For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, ...

Jim Burger
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6528

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities, and national and international companies in commercial transactions and counseling involving t...

Chip's practice focuses on the representation of individuals, universities,...

Chip Fendell
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6920

Betsy offers 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional researcher to firm clients, especially those in the life sciences industries.

Betsy offers 20 years of legal experience and 10 years as a professional re...

Betsy Haanes, Ph.D.
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2306

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entrepreneurs toward growth and success at each stage of their business.

Matt draws on his wide-ranging corporate law background to guide entreprene...

Matt Hafter
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6299

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in a variety of mechanical and electrical arts.

Matt’s practice is focused on the preparation and prosecution of patent app...

Matt Himich
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2247

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through major transactions as well as provides comprehensive advice on their day-to-day operations and ...

Rob is a pragmatic, solution-oriented advisor who guides companies through ...

Rob Kamensky
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2342

David is a corporate architect who develops and implements creative legal strategies that help clients achieve their high-level business and financial objectives.

David is a corporate architect who develops and implements creative legal s...

David Kaufman
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6345

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition, trade secrets and related areas.

Kevin’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, includ...

Kevin Kercher
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6595

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk is an associate in the firm's Intellectual Property practice area.

Sartouk Moussavi
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6077

Shoko provides intellectual property counseling to both domestic and international companies, with focus on IP portfolio management, enforcement, trademark selection, bra...

Shoko provides intellectual property counseling to both domestic and intern...

Shoko Naruo
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6331

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the world's largest consumer products companies, with a focus on IP portfolio management, licensing and...

Tom provides strategic intellectual property counseling to some of the worl...

Tom Polcyn
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6232

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and provides comprehensive counsel on licensing and technology transfer.

Steve advises clients on domestic and international patent applications and...

Steve Ritchey
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2224

Diane helps life sciences companies develop new products and bring them to market while proactively addressing the regulatory land mines that can delay or destroy the pat...

Diane helps life sciences companies develop new products and bring them to ...

Diane Romza-Kutz
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6291

Jason's practice is centered on technology with an emphasis on cybersecurity breach response and software and intellectual property licensing.

Jason's practice is centered on technology with an emphasis on cybersecurit...

Jason Schwent, CIPP/US
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6580

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law practice groups.

Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property and Media Law pra...

Jennifer Visintine
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6352

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal practice, which primarily focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications.

Ben brings a background in electrical and computer engineering to his legal...

Ben Volk, Jr.