The firm provides comprehensive legal services to technology-driven businesses ranging from large publicly held corporations to promising emerging businesses. The firm has been a pioneer in the field of technology for over 100 years and has carried this tradition of legal innovation into the 21st century, offering its technology clients proactive, business-oriented counsel and cutting-edge legal solutions from our domestic and international offices.
Our technology and software clients include businesses whose core products and services are technology or Internet based, such as software developers and licensors, application service providers, hardware manufacturers, wired and wireless telecommunications service providers, cable operators, media companies, outsourcing service providers, biotech and life science companies, and digital marketplaces. Our clients also include companies that provide consulting and other support services to technology companies, such as global consulting firms.
In addition, the firm represents a large number of venture capital funds, private equity funds and other financing sources for technology companies. We help our clients find and implement appropriate financing through all stages of their growth cycle ranging from seed and angel capital to later stage funding. The firm maintains significant relationships with numerous capital sources, including qualified angels, strategic investors, and nationally recognized venture capital firms.
We also help clients find ways to enhance or evolve existing businesses, and we have structured a wide variety of joint ventures and strategic alliances among technology suppliers with complementary products, and between technology suppliers and their customers to exploit their combined skills, experience, and intellectual capital. Our deep understanding of technology-driven businesses, specific technologies, systems, software applications and intellectual property rights, coupled with our skills and experience in negotiating complex relationships, enable us to identify and structure arrangements best suited to our clients' objectives. In addition, we leverage the firm’s experience in securities, and mergers and acquisitions to help identify and execute exit strategies.
- Technology Litigation
We represent clients in a variety of technology-related disputes. We have extensive experience in trade secret litigation, litigation involving “e-commerce” claims of unfair competition and deceptive trade practices, software licensing, software implementation and software development disputes, disputes arising out of technology licensing agreements, litigation involving claims under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and similar state statutes, cases involving claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and cases involving claims of breach of non-competition and non-disclosure agreements. We also represent clients in non-litigation matters, such as negotiating and drafting non-competition and non-disclosure agreements and reviewing restrictive covenants executed by individuals that clients of the firm are considering hiring.
Our patent attorneys have extensive legal and technical experience in the areas of computer science, software development, computer engineering, electrical engineering and physics. Many of our attorneys hold advanced degrees in computer and electrical engineering and have authored publications in their respective technical fields. Additionally, team members have prior experience as patent examiners at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and industry experience in relevant technical fields.
We assist clients with patent portfolio strategy and management, including the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and the litigation of patents and trade secrets involving technology related to software and electrical engineering systems. Further, our detailed knowledge in the field of software development, which often involves the use of third-party code, has proven to be a necessity when completing due diligence reviews and negotiating licenses involving software products.
Our work with software systems and technology has included a variety of other industries, including: Banking & Financial Services, Entertainment, Media, & Sports, Manufacturing, Mining & Forest Products, Telecommunications & Cable, and Transportation.
Our technology lawyers also provide technology and software companies a broad range of transactional, corporate, commercial and finance related legal services, including: Contracts & Commercial Agreements; Licensing & Procurement; Patent Litigation; Trademark; Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances; Outsourcing; Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring; Private Equity; Securities; and Mergers & Acquisitions.