Strategic Technology Transactions and Licensing

Licensing and other technology transactions represent a critical component of any comprehensive monetization program relating to a company’s intellectual property rights. These transactions generate significant economic value, leading to strategic growth and other competitive advantages when effectively structured and executed.

Goodwin has extensive experience in guiding and counseling companies at all stages of growth by evaluating, structuring, drafting and negotiating licenses, collaborations, customer agreements and other technology transactions across a variety of technology in both the U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. Our work covers a wide range of transactional and strategic contexts arising in the business, university, government and not-for-profit sectors:

  • Technology license agreements
  • Joint venture, strategic alliance and collaboration agreements
  • Settlement and license agreements related to complex technology disputes
  • Research and development agreements
  • Royalty agreements
  • Product and equipment sales
  • Distribution, manufacturing and supply agreements
  • Traditional and “value-added” reseller agreements
  • Hardware and software system purchase agreements
  • Software license and subscription agreements
  • Application service provider and infrastructure as service agreements
  • Technology escrow agreements
  • Open Source Software
  • SaaS
  • Privacy policies and related privacy counseling
  • Complex patent licenses
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Capital Markets

Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
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Crowdfunding

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FinTech

The financial services industry is experiencing an unprecedented technology revolution. Recent studies predict that worldwide IT spending for financial services will reach $500 billion before decade’s end, and FinTech investment has tripled globally since 2008.
 
The increased complexity of financial products, stringent oversight and regulation, and the need to improve profitability and streamline processes are driving financial institutions and financial services participants to deploy a growing range of finance-related software. As one of the only law firms with market-leading technology and financial institutions practices, Goodwin has been advising clients in the FinTech sector for over a decade and has extensive experience working with both established and emerging businesses in virtually all market segments.
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Growth Equity

Investors, founders and companies in growth equity investments face challenges and opportunities across all sectors and stages of development. Goodwin’s industry-leading Growth Equity Practice provides innovative, insightful guidance across the spectrum of investments. From investing in emerging growth companies to large, highly structured, leveraged transactions in established, profitable enterprises, our growth equity lawyers have a practical and commercial approach to driving successful transactions. Our growth equity practice draws from the best of our market-leading middle market buyout and venture capital practices to structure transactions that result in long term and effective partnerships between investors, entrepreneurs and management teams and frequently involve liquidity for existing owners.  
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Intellectual Property

Intellectual property assets represent significant value for businesses in the United States. For some clients, these assets represent an entire career or a body of research; for others, they're a 100-year-old trademark, or a newly acquired license. Whether it’s structuring transactions or resolving high-stakes property disputes, we understand the unique needs of each client, and anticipate how those needs will change over time. With superior experience– from scientists who’ve worked in the field, to litigators with International Trade Commission and federal court experience – we’re privileged to represent national and international companies in a broad cross-section of industries.
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Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

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Mergers + Acquisitions

Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
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New Company Formation

Protect your company’s potential by starting off on the right foot. Goodwin’s full-service team advises on company formation and growth matters including incorporation, founders agreements, venture financing, intellectual property, licensing, employee contracts, benefits and beyond. We represent over 1,200 emerging companies and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. This extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage relationships and deep market knowledge on behalf of our clients.
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Privacy + Cybersecurity

As businesses today face an increasingly sophisticated threat environment compounded by aggressive regulatory enforcement, companies need a partner who can help you mitigate risk and respond to the unthinkable. Our Privacy + Cybersecurity practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any AmLaw 50 firm. Dating back to the late 1990s and established formally in 2004, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach, focusing on client needs and value, enables us to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of clients' needs in this threatening environment. Our practice provides a full spectrum of services from advice and counseling, transaction-related advice, defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, we provide practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. 
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Public Companies

More than 100 public companies trust Goodwin to serve as their counsel in a variety of corporate and litigation matters. We are primary outside counsel to public companies in many different industries, of all different sizes, and listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We help clients achieve their business strategies; meet high standards of transparency in disclosure, corporate governance and executive compensation; manage effective investor relations programs; and build credibility through disciplined interaction with capital markets participants, security holders, regulators, employees, ratings agencies, the media and the public at large. We integrate with experts from our M&A/Corporate Governance, ERISA & Executive Compensation, Securities Litigation and Tax Practices to provide full service representation for our public company clients.

 
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Venture Capital

The most successful venture capital investors stay ahead of the curve. They make smart investments on solid terms with promising companies. Goodwin has a team of over 180 lawyers nationwide who handle early and growth stage venture deals, providing dedicated representation to over 1,200 emerging companies and entrepreneurs and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. Our extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage deep knowledge of market terms and relationships on behalf of our clients.
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Related Practices
Capital Markets
Companies seeking to grow, increase liquidity for their investors or reduce their cost of capital regularly turn to Goodwin. We have one of the most active capital markets and public company practices in the United States, serving as outside counsel to public companies in a range of industries and who are listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We combine deep industry knowledge with broad technical expertise across all equity and debt securities and alternative investment structures. Over the past five years, we have advised clients in nearly 300 public offerings with an aggregate value approaching $30 billion. Our practice and lawyers are consistently recognized by industry publications as one of the most active and innovative advisers for capital markets transactions and public companies.
Read More
Crowdfunding
Read More
FinTech
The financial services industry is experiencing an unprecedented technology revolution. Recent studies predict that worldwide IT spending for financial services will reach $500 billion before decade’s end, and FinTech investment has tripled globally since 2008.
 
The increased complexity of financial products, stringent oversight and regulation, and the need to improve profitability and streamline processes are driving financial institutions and financial services participants to deploy a growing range of finance-related software. As one of the only law firms with market-leading technology and financial institutions practices, Goodwin has been advising clients in the FinTech sector for over a decade and has extensive experience working with both established and emerging businesses in virtually all market segments.
Read More
Growth Equity
Investors, founders and companies in growth equity investments face challenges and opportunities across all sectors and stages of development. Goodwin’s industry-leading Growth Equity Practice provides innovative, insightful guidance across the spectrum of investments. From investing in emerging growth companies to large, highly structured, leveraged transactions in established, profitable enterprises, our growth equity lawyers have a practical and commercial approach to driving successful transactions. Our growth equity practice draws from the best of our market-leading middle market buyout and venture capital practices to structure transactions that result in long term and effective partnerships between investors, entrepreneurs and management teams and frequently involve liquidity for existing owners.  
Read More
Intellectual Property
Intellectual property assets represent significant value for businesses in the United States. For some clients, these assets represent an entire career or a body of research; for others, they're a 100-year-old trademark, or a newly acquired license. Whether it’s structuring transactions or resolving high-stakes property disputes, we understand the unique needs of each client, and anticipate how those needs will change over time. With superior experience– from scientists who’ve worked in the field, to litigators with International Trade Commission and federal court experience – we’re privileged to represent national and international companies in a broad cross-section of industries.
Read More
Life Sciences

Succeeding in the life sciences industry is as much about strategy and execution as it is about research and development. In this highly competitive business, you need more than the best and brightest ideas – you need a legal and strategic partner that understands the challenges of securing funding, safeguarding intellectual property, establishing partnerships, bringing new products to market, opening up new revenue streams, and protecting existing product lines.

Lawyers in our life sciences practice are deeply experienced in corporate governance, financing and M&A transactions, collaborations and licensing, regulatory matters, and intellectual property law. As part of our interdisciplinary approach, we also collaborate with attorneys in our patent litigation, products liability, employment and tax practices to protect client interests and to advocate on their behalf.

With a full service team of highly experienced lawyers resident in key life sciences hubs, our team helps clients find the strategic paths that foster growth and minimize risk across all phases of the corporate life cycle. Motivated by the knowledge that the work that we do with you is improving people’s lives, we serve as an extension of your team so you can focus on your core business.

Read More
Mergers + Acquisitions
Goodwin lawyers have deep experience guiding clients through both public and private mergers and acquisitions transactions of all types including leveraged buyouts, tender offers, spinoffs, divestitures and go-privates (both in the U.S. and abroad). Our lawyers bring a distinctive combination of regulatory and transactional expertise, characterized by a high degree of tax and financial sophistication, and a commercial negotiating style that is essential for success. We blend technical know-how and specific industry experience to get deals done quickly and efficiently. We draw on a firm-wide network of specialists in tax, intellectual property, real estate and executive compensation to help clients find practical, innovative solutions to their problems. 
Read More
New Company Formation
Protect your company’s potential by starting off on the right foot. Goodwin’s full-service team advises on company formation and growth matters including incorporation, founders agreements, venture financing, intellectual property, licensing, employee contracts, benefits and beyond. We represent over 1,200 emerging companies and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. This extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage relationships and deep market knowledge on behalf of our clients.
Read More
Privacy + Cybersecurity
As businesses today face an increasingly sophisticated threat environment compounded by aggressive regulatory enforcement, companies need a partner who can help you mitigate risk and respond to the unthinkable. Our Privacy + Cybersecurity practice is one of the longest-standing privacy practices of any AmLaw 50 firm. Dating back to the late 1990s and established formally in 2004, it is fully integrated and leverages the firm's core strengths, with the group's lawyers coming from the technology, financial institutions, licensing, litigation, regulatory and appellate practices. This unique approach, focusing on client needs and value, enables us to engage specialists whose experience is framed by a holistic understanding of clients' needs in this threatening environment. Our practice provides a full spectrum of services from advice and counseling, transaction-related advice, defense of class action litigation and government enforcement actions. Having counseled on hundreds of data breaches and litigated landmark cases, we provide practical advice on all aspects of information-related management and risk before, during and after breaches. 
Read More
Public Companies

More than 100 public companies trust Goodwin to serve as their counsel in a variety of corporate and litigation matters. We are primary outside counsel to public companies in many different industries, of all different sizes, and listed on both U.S. and non-U.S. exchanges. We help clients achieve their business strategies; meet high standards of transparency in disclosure, corporate governance and executive compensation; manage effective investor relations programs; and build credibility through disciplined interaction with capital markets participants, security holders, regulators, employees, ratings agencies, the media and the public at large. We integrate with experts from our M&A/Corporate Governance, ERISA & Executive Compensation, Securities Litigation and Tax Practices to provide full service representation for our public company clients.

 
Read More
Venture Capital
The most successful venture capital investors stay ahead of the curve. They make smart investments on solid terms with promising companies. Goodwin has a team of over 180 lawyers nationwide who handle early and growth stage venture deals, providing dedicated representation to over 1,200 emerging companies and entrepreneurs and 200 venture capital and private equity firms. Our extensive company and investor client base allows us to leverage deep knowledge of market terms and relationships on behalf of our clients.
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