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Technology-centric companies are often at a crossroads where the benefits of new and disruptive technologies meet ever-changing laws intended to address problems arising from those same technologies. It is crucial to the success of such businesses that their lawyers keep pace and possess the ability to address unique legal issues arising from the development, evolution, production, marketing, acquisition, licensing and use of technology assets and information. 

Attorneys in our Technology practice have represented many of North Carolina’s broad spectrum of industry-leading companies in technology-centric business transactions and litigation. As one of the leading business and litigation law firms in the Research Triangle region, our technology team combines Smith Anderson’s long history of committed service and client focus with extensive experience in the evolving technology landscape.

Serving Start-ups to Global Corporations

We serve clients of all sizes and at all stages of development, from emerging start-ups and university spinouts to publicly traded companies, technology-focused private equity firms and venture capital firms. Our team works alongside our clients to help them achieve their business objectives in a variety of fields, including life sciences, health care, software, information and materials technologies, video games, Internet, social media, big data, clean energy and others.

Our clients receive step-by-step guidance in transactions designed to access, develop, protect and monetize technology assets, in addition to savvy counsel for technology-related disputes involving the infringement or misappropriation of patents, trade secrets, or other intellectual property, as well as commercial disputes involving contracts for technology goods or services.

Core Areas of Practice

Technology needs are unique and we understand the level of service and support required that is essential to a client’s successful navigation of this fast-paced industry. That support could mean strategic guidance in the development, acquisition, commercialization and protection of technology products and services; identification and evaluation of intellectual property risks and opportunities; or strategic acquisitions and divestitures of technology-based companies and assets,including mergers & acquisitions and license arrangements; as well as assistance throughout a technology company’s lifecycle from formation, structure and governance, and debt and equity financing, to public and private security offerings. In addition, we regularly help with technology alliances and dispute management, including representation in litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as drafting and negotiation of technology-related settlements and counseling on intellectual property law and data use, privacy and security law.

Smith Anderson is knowledgeable in different sectors and has sophisticated teams dedicated to multiple areas of technology law, including:

As a full-service business and litigation law firm, we work with our colleagues across other practice areas to provide our clients with a wide array of legal services. CLICK HERE to view the full list of our practices.

  • Research, development and commercialization collaborations
  • Partnering, strategic alliance and joint venture arrangements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Product and asset acquisitions and divestitures
  • Intellectual property and technology licensing and transfer
  • Venture capital, initial public offerings and other equity and debt financings
  • Information privacy and security matters, including policies and procedures, breach notice and incident response, investigations and corporate transactions
  • Clinical trial and Contract Research Organization arrangements
  • Manufacturing, supply and distribution arrangements
  • Government contracts
  • Outsourcing arrangements
  • Sales force and co-promotion arrangements
  • Company formation, structuring and governance
  • Patent and trade secret litigation
  • Software litigation
  • Licensing 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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