Technology, information and intellectual property assets form the core of the modern economy. Whether technology is a company’s primary focus or an essential tool in providing better products and services, it plays an important role in virtually every business.
McDermott’s technology and commercial transactions team includes lawyers with deep experience representing technology companies and their customers at every point in the business lifecycle. We provide counsel on purchase, supply, development, licensing, distribution, joint venture, reseller, and other agreements and contracts.
Our lawyers advise startups, Fortune 50 technology companies, and national and multinational enterprises operating in a wide range of industries, including aviation, banking and finance, defense, energy, entertainment, life sciences, natural resources, real estate, technology and telecommunications. We have structured, negotiated and closed billions of dollars of technology transactions for clients across North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and Africa.
McDermott’s lawyers are deeply skilled at advising clients on a wide variety of technology-related matters and issues involved with the acquisition and licensing of technology and IP assets, including cloud computing, outsourcing of technology and business processes, data privacy, distribution agreements, wireless and wireline telecommunications, technology development and related maintenance and services, e-commerce, electronic payment systems, Internet-of-things, mobile app development, social media, content delivery, contract manufacturing, open source and other software issues, consulting services agreements, and contract manufacturing. Our lawyers also advise clients on transition services as well as the technology and intellectual property issues relating to the acquisition or divestiture of businesses.
A number of our partners have been recognized as leading practitioners by publications and ratings agencies such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Europe, The Best Lawyers in America, The Legal 500, The Legal 500 EMEA, The Legal 500 Deutschland, JUVE Handbuch Wirtschaftskanzleien, BTI Consulting Group, Lawdragon and The Black Book of Outsourcing.
"McDermott Will & Emery is the best outside counsel I work with. They have a practical, business oriented approach. They take ownership of the matters and drive them through to a successful conclusion."
"They're really practical, business-orientated lawyers. They're technically strong at analyzing the issues and telling clients what they need to know to make an informed decision."
The firm “puts its technology expertise to use particularly in telecoms and media law issues and frequently advises on innovative IT.”
"Proactive, customised and legally very good advice. The team does not hesitate to give clear recommendations on concrete actions."
Sprint Corporation in its acquisition of next generation wireless infrastructure equipment used to upgrade its nationwide wireless network
Vinli in an M2M wireless data deal with T-Mobile to provide wireless services to the Vinli OBD II device enabling vehicles to become a “connected car”
A software company in its agreement with Intel to provide wireless connection management services for Intel’s next-generation mobile chipset to be utilized in smartphones, tablet PCs, netbooks and other mobile devices
Spirit AeroSystems in SaaS cloud computing agreements and other technology transactions matters
BBVA Compass Bank in a software development transaction with Accenture
Proctor & Gamble Company in its agreements with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries to create a partnership in consumer health care
Micron Technology in the formation of IM Flash Technologies, a $5.2 billion joint venture with Intel Corporation
Finnair in a procurement process whereby Finnair purchased equipment and services to enable Wi-Fi internet across its entire fleet of aircrafts
Citrix Systems in transactional and patent litigation services ranging from server, client and network delivery of cloud-based applications and end-user experience management, and including the successful defense of Citrix in a five-patent infringement suit related to fundamental aspects of web-based conferencing involving Citrix’ Go-to-Meeting® and Go-to-Webinar® products (Pixion, Inc. v. Citrix Systems, Inc. (N.D. Cal.))
Spirit AeroSystems in SaaS cloud computing agreements and other technology matters
Numerous companies acquiring cloud-based solutions, including Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce.com, Google, NetSuite, Rackspace, VMware and SoftLayer
HomeServices, a Berkshire Hathaway-owned mortgage loan processing company, in a cloud-based loan application platform license with Ellie Mae
Harris Corporation in its joint venture to develop cloud computing-based medical image management solutions with Johns Hopkins Medicine