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Intellectual Property


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 creatively address unique legal issues arising from the development, evolution, production, marketing, acquisition, licensing and use of technology assets and information. Even companies who would not consider themselves technology-centric frequently need advice in acquiring or using technology and information in the modern economy – we are skilled advisors to both types of companies.

Attorneys in our Intellectual Property group have represented many of North Carolina’s broad spectrum of industry-leading companies in technology-centric business transactions and litigation. Further, we represent clients with needs in domestic and international trademark preparation or prosecution. As one of the leading business and litigation law firms in the Research Triangle region, team members combine Smith Anderson’s long history of committed service and client focus with extensive experience in the evolving technology landscape.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, one of the leading ranking agencies for law firms and lawyers, has recognized our Intellectual Property practice as among the best in the state. A client interviewed by Chambers highlighted "the combination of a wide array of client services along with the level of clear and concise communications regarding client expectations."

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, agricultural technology, software, telecommunications, information and materials technologies, eCommerce, industrial and mechanical, video games, Internet, social media, big data, clean energy and others.

Our clients receive step-by-step guidance in portfolio development and transactions designed to access, develop, protect and monetize technology assets. In addition, our clients receive 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

Intellectual property needs are unique and we understand the level of service and support needed to facilitate a client’s successful navigation of this fast-paced environment. 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; counsel on data privacy; or strategic acquisitions and divestitures of technology-based companies and assets, including mergers & acquisitions and license arrangements. Our team also provides assistance at the intersection between intellectual property rights and assets and a technology company’s formation, structure and governance, and its debt and equity financing including 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.

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.

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

  • AgTech
  • Data Privacy
  • Information Technology
  • IP Litigation
  • Life Sciences
  • Patent
  • Start-Ups
  • Technology Transactions
  • Trademark & Copyright
  • Trade Secrets



  • Domestic and international patent and trademark preparation and prosecution
  • Trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings
  • Strategic patent enforcement programs
  • Patent and trade secret litigation
  • Trademark and unfair competition litigation
  • Software litigation
  • Licensing disputes
  • Advertising and social media disputes
  • 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
  • Information privacy and cybersecurity 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
  • Venture capital, initial public offerings and other equity and debt financings
  • Government contracts
  • Outsourcing arrangements
  • Sales force and co-promotion arrangements
  • Company formation, structuring and governance

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