Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Licensing

Licensing

Effective licensing counsel requires a unique blend of technological, legal and business acumen. Knobbe Martens brings it all together. We routinely assist clients in a wide variety of patent licensing matters, including negotiation and preparation of non-disclosure, development, distribution, manufacturing, professional service, and technology and patent licensing agreements. We also evaluate existing license agreements for compliance, product coverage, patent ownership, patent expiration and sub-licensing rights.

But patent licensing law is just one piece of the puzzle. Knowledge of technology and competitive markets is also essential, and where our deep bench of technical expertise and business savvy is brought to bear. Our clients span industries ranging from biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical sciences to semiconductor, software, telecommunications and medical devices. In instances where myriad technologies and clients may be involved—such as cross-licensing and industry standards licensing—we can quickly understand and navigate multi-party rights in a patent landscape.

We have vast experience with technology transfers, representing the country’s top research institutions and universities. We routinely counsel our clients on licensing cutting-edge technology and medical devices, establishing best practices for licensing programs, and tracking patent portfolio licenses.

We also counsel our clients on trademark licensing, working hand-in-hand to establish licensing programs to monetize trademark portfolios. Whether it be an apparel or entertainment property, our trademark licensing team strategically works with clients to protect their rights, negotiate agreements, ensure compliance with quality control provisions, and enforce licensed rights. We also have a wealth of experience with due diligence and clearance issues for licensed properties and brand and product line extensions. In addition, we assist our celebrity clients with licensing their rights of publicity and trademark rights and endorsement deals. 

Our copyright licensing team assists clients with licensing software and entertainment properties, as well as online and social media content. We also counsel clients on open source issues for software development and licensing of open source code.

In conjunction with our network of international associates, we can handle licensing matters wherever and whenever our clients require. Furthermore, we can help them in-license or out-license technologies to create revenue streams by quickly and effectively addressing issues that arise during negotiations.

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