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Intellectual Property

Smith Anderson’s intellectual property lawyers work with you to develop, protect and promote your knowledge, discoveries and innovations. We support our clients engaged in transactions to acquire, sell, finance, support, develop and monetize key intellectual property assets. This includes a variety of transaction arrangements, including mergers and acquisitions, strategic licensing and technology transfer, partnering and alliances, sponsored research, financing and manufacturing/sourcing arrangements. We also help clients to build and protect their brands through strategic development, maintenance and enforcement of trademark and service mark portfolios. We regularly assist clients with complex information privacy and data security issues, including breach notice and incident response. We also work with clients to resolve intellectual property-related disputes, such as patent and trade secret litigation, trademark litigation and oppositions, copyright litigation, licensing disputes and internet disputes.

Our intellectual property clients range from publicly-traded companies and well-established privately-held businesses to start-ups, emerging companies and university spin-outs. We provide intellectual property services to clients in a wide array of industries, including: life sciences, software, health care, pharmaceuticals, video games, electronics, banking, building materials, e-commerce, industrial machinery and consumer goods. As a full-service firm, we also advise our clients on labor and employment matters, employee benefits, tax strategies, governmental relations, real estate and other business-related matters.

  • Licensing and technology transfer
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Research, development and commercialization collaborations
  • Partnering, strategic alliance and joint venture arrangements
  • Product and intellectual property acquisitions and divestitures
  • Information privacy and security matters, including policies and procedures, breach notice and incident response, investigations and corporate transactions
  • Trademark and service mark matters, including strategic portfolio development, prosecution, maintenance, licensing and enforcement
  • Strategic patent enforcement programs
  • Patent, trademark and copyright infringement litigation
  • Trade secret disputes
  • Advertising, unfair competition and social media disputes




Since January 2015, Smith Anderson has advised clients in more than 300 transactions representing approximately $11 billion in value, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; real estate development and construction; life sciences and health care; technology and intellectual property; debt finance; private equity and mezzanine finance; initial public offerings; growth companies and venture capital; and fund formation. The following provides a comprehensive overview of some of our clients' key closed business transactions in 2015. Highlights include: 

  • Over 60 mergers, acquisitions and securities offerings totaling approximately $4 billion, including the first qualified offering under new Regulation A for Groundfloor Finance, the first multi-state real estate peer-to-peer micro-lending platform for non-accredited investors.
  • Over 60 life sciences and health care transactions and 40 information and materials technology transactions totaling in excess of $4 billion, including Quintiles/Quest global joint venture in the creation of Q2 Solutions with initial annual revenues of nearly $600 million.
  • Over 100 real estate and construction matters totaling in excess of $2 billion, including the expansions at North Hills by Kane Realty Corporation.
  • Over 80 senior and mezzanine debt financing transactions totaling in excess of $4 billion.
  • 2016 SPOTLIGHT DEAL: Lead counsel in a worldwide immuno-oncology partnership worth up to $1.6 billion for genome editing company Precision BioSciences. 

Our firm is fortunate to have worked on a wide array of transactions with a diverse group of clients. CLICK HERE to expand the image below, which lists some of our clients and their business transactions completed in 2015.

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