Jacob R. Osborn is a counsel in the firm’s Litigation Group and a member of its Global Trade, Privacy & Cybersecurity, and Digital Currency & Blockchain Technology  practices. Mr. Osborn is an expert in computer software and encryption, and his legal practice largely focuses on advising clients with respect to regulatory matters. He joined Goodwin in 2008, and prior to becoming an attorney, was a software developer for a telecommunications company. He holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and computer science, and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering.

Mr. Osborn represents scores of clients in the cybersecurity, telecommunications, software, and SaaS industries, including Atlassian, Carbon Black, Core Security, Dropbox, Fuze, Imperva, Mimecast, Offensive Security, Perforce, Twilio, and Zendesk, to name a few.

Mr. Osborn plays a prominent role in the firm’s Global Trade practice, and has advised hundreds of clients regarding regulatory compliance with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), economic sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), particularly with respect to electronics, telecommunications, software, and encryption items. In 2018 he was named as an “Up and Coming” lawyer for his International Trade, Export Controls and Economic Sanctions practice by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Mr. Osborn also provides counsel in dozens of matters involving computers, software, encryption, cybersecurity, and data privacy and breach investigations. As an early user of blockchain technologies, he is able to bridge the gap between the law and technology, providing clients with valuable legal guidance in areas of technical complexity. Throughout his legal career Mr. Osborn has litigated more than a dozen technology cases throughout the United States, including domain name disputes, matters involving intellectual property rights (e.g., patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets), and other litigation involving computer-related federal statutes (e.g., the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act).

Experience

ERFAHRUNG

EXPÉRIENCE

工作经历

In his CFIUS practice, Mr. Osborn advises hundreds of clients (both companies and investors) with respect to the Defense Production Act of 1950, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA), and all related foreign-investment regulations. To date, Mr. Osborn has first chaired more than a dozen mandatory declarations under the CFIUS “Critical Technology” Pilot Program, thereby helping clients in diverse industry sectors to successfully obtain U.S. government approval for taking on foreign investment. He has also participated in numerous joint voluntary notices, and was counsel to the U.S. company in the very first matter that CFIUS ever cleared under the “Critical Technology” Pilot Program.

In his export-controls practice, over the past decade Mr. Osborn has helped clients to classify hundreds of products under the EAR, through self-classifications and submitting formal classification requests with the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security. This export-controls expertise is complementary to Mr. Osborn’s CFIUS practice because CFIUS filling obligations now often turn on the export-controls status of a company’s products and technology.  In his sanctions practice, Mr. Osborn advises clients with respect to country-based and list-based sanctions, addressing complex trade issues involving Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea region of Ukraine. 

Mr. Osborn provides counseling guidance in addition to supporting Goodwin’s M&A practice group during IPOs, acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and other complex transactions, both on the company and the investor side. And Mr. Osborn routinely guides clients through internal investigations and the voluntary self-disclosure process when facing regulatory violations.

Mr. Osborn also works with Goodwin’s Privacy & Cybersecurity team to provide technical expertise to help Goodwin clients understand data privacy regulatory obligations, such as those under GDPR.

Prior to carving his niche within the regulatory space, Mr. Osborn represented clients in a wide range of litigation disputes in jurisdictions throughout the country involving many different technologies. His prior litigation experience includes patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. Mr. Osborn has also represented clients with respect to other software-related claims involving the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In 2015, Mr. Osborn successfully second chaired a trademark case before the Supreme Court of the United States, B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., an important decision at the intersection between agency decisions and IP litigation.

Professional Activities

Mr. Osborn is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. 

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Mr. Osborn was a technical specialist at Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, PC, where he focused on electrical technologies and prosecuted patents at all stages of prosecution. His areas of specialty included hashing techniques, block ciphers, stream ciphers, public key encryption, and database designs.

Before practicing patent law, Mr. Osborn was a software engineer for iMake Software and Services, a video-on-demand company located in Bethesda, Maryland. While at iMake, he consulted video-on-demand content distributors regarding software and industry best practices, produced technical documents including software requirements, and developed software code for video-on-demand applications. Mr. Osborn has software development experience in many different programming languages including Java, C, C++, Python, Javascript, HTML, CSS, PHP, SQL, Visual Basic, Ruby, and Perl.

Recognition

Mr. Osborn was named as an “Associate to Watch” by Chambers USA in the category of International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions, one of only two associates in the United States to receive this honor.

Mr. Osborn was selected as a Washington DC Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2013 – 2016, an award given to fewer than 2.5% of eligible attorneys.

In The News

MELDUNGEN

ACTUALITÉS

相关新闻

Credentials

WERDEGANG

RÉFÉRENCES

专业资格

Education

J.D., 2009
American University Washington College of Law

(cum laude)

M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2009
The Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S., Computer Science, 2006
Xavier University, Computer Science
B.S., Mathematics, 2006
Xavier University, Mathematics

Admissions

Bar

District of Columbia
Virginia
Ohio
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Courts

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Get In Touch
Kontakt
NOUS CONTACTER
联系我们
Our clients rely on us for world-class advisory services, counsel on complex transactional work and high-stakes litigation. Specializing in matters involving the financial, life sciences, private equity, real estate, and technology industries, we use a collaborative, cross-disciplinary approach to resolve our clients’ most challenging issues. To find out more, please contact us.

Unsere Kunden verlassen sich auf unsere erstklassige Beratung, vor allem im Hinblick auf komplexe Transaktionen und High-Stakes-Prozesse. Spezialisiert auf Angelegenheiten der Finanz-, Life-Sciences-, Private-Equity-, Immobilien-und Technologie-Branchen, verwenden wir einen kooperativen und interdisziplinären Ansatz, um Fragen unserer Kunden auch in extremen Spezialsituationen einer Lösung zuzuführen. Sie wollen mehr erfahren? Kontaktieren Sie uns gerne.

Nos équipes interviennent aux côtés de nos clients, industriels, fonds d’investissement, startups, institutions financières et dirigeants, dans le cadre de transactions et de contentieux complexes, et apportent des conseils de tout premier plan dans les secteurs financiers, des Sciences de la Vie, du Private Equity, de l’immobilier et des technologies. Nous traitons les dossiers juridiques de manière intègre, ingénieuse, souple et audacieuse pour répondre efficacement aux enjeux propres à chacun de nos clients, quels que soient la taille de l’opération et le secteur d’activité. Pour en savoir plus, contactez-nous.

客户信赖我们世界一流的咨询服务,希望获得针对复杂事务性工作与高风险诉讼的建议。我们通过协作式、跨领域的工作方法来解决客户最棘手的问题,涵盖金融、生命科学、私募股权、不动产和技术等多个行业。如需更多信息,请与我们联系。

Search Other Lawyers
ANWALTSSUCHE
Recherche par Pratique
搜寻其他律师