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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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Senior Counsel
St. Louis

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
Chicago

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

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

David is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

David is Co-Chair of the Firm's Corporate and Securities Practice Group.

David Kaufman
Partner
Chicago

Clients look to Sartouk for counsel on how to advance their business goals through strategic and creative approaches to the protection and enforcement of their intellectu...

Clients look to Sartouk for counsel on how to advance their business goals ...

Sartouk Moussavi
Partner
New York

Shoko helps companies protect their valuable brands in markets around the world through strategic trademark counseling and enforcement.

Shoko helps companies protect their valuable brands in markets around the w...

Shoko Naruo
Partner
St. Louis

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

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

Tom Polcyn
Partner
St. Louis

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
St. Louis

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

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.