Karen Spindler, a partner in Goodwin's Technology & Life Sciences group, advises life sciences companies and investors on a variety of intellectual property transactions. She represents biotech and pharmaceutical clients in transactions involving intellectual property assets and has considerable experience structuring collaboration, co-development, license and manufacturing agreements. She also counsels financial investors and operating companies on complex intellectual property issues arising in the context of corporate transactions, including mergers, stock and asset purchases, divestitures, royalty agreements, leveraged buyouts and financing transactions.

Ms. Spindler has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading patent and technology licensing lawyers by Euromoney Legal Media Group and Intellectual Asset Management.

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Ms. Spindler has advised Fortune 500 biopharmaceutical companies, semiconductor manufacturers and computer technology providers, as well as leading venture capital funds and private equity funds on a variety of intellectual property and licensing matters.

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Life Sciences Strategic Collaborations and M&A
  • Sage Therapeutics in its collaboration with Shionogi to accelerate development of SAGE-217 in key Asian markets for major depressive disorder and other indications, with a deal value potentially in excess of $575 million
  • Ambys Medicines in its strategic partnership with Takeda Pharmaceutical under which Takeda commits $100 million to pioneer development of first in class liver therapies, including participation in Ambys’ Series A financing
  • Ginkgo Bioworks in its joint venture with Bayer focused on plant microbiome, with an initial investment of $100 million
  • Royalty Pharma in its purchases of royalties in transactions valued at more than $10 billion, including (i) its $3.3 billion purchase of Ivacaftor royalty rights from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, (ii) its $415 million acquisition of royalty rights to alogliptin/trelagliptin products and Priligy® (dapoxetine) from Furiex Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (iii) its synthetic royalty financings with Sanofi and Pfizer, (iv) its $175 million funding agreement with Immunomedics for royalties on sales of Sacituzumab Govitecan (IMMU-132) and $75 million equity purchase, and (v) its $100 million funding agreement with Biohaven for royalties on sales of rimegepant and BHV-3500 and $50 million equity purchase
  • Foundation Medicine in the collaboration agreements forming part of its strategic transaction with Roche of a total value in excess of $1 billion 
  • Blueprint Medicines in its strategic collaboration with Alexion Pharmaceuticals to advance kinase drug candidates in rare genetic diseases, with potential deal value of up to $265 million
  • Intellia Therapeutics in its exclusive collaboration with Novartis for CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology for ex vivo therapeutic development, with potential deal value of up to $280 million plus royalties
  • Tetragenetics in its collaboration with MedImmune for a multi-target ion channel drug discovery program
  • Scholar Rock in its global research collaboration with Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Biotech for novel biologic therapeutics for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancer
  • Ocera Therapeutics in its sale to Mallinckrodt in a cash tender offer, plus contingent value right
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries in its $3.2 billion acquisition of Auspex Pharmaceuticals
  • Onyx Pharmaceuticals in its $10.4 billion sale to Amgen
  • Several biopharmaceutical clients on strategic licensing transactions involving early stage products
  • Clients on licensing foundational intellectual property assets from universities and other academic entities
Other Licensing and M&A/Private Equity
  • Enterprise server business division of Hitachi, Ltd. in connection with collaboration and supply agreements
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in connection with patent acquisitions and complex strategic licensing transactions*
  • Private equity fund Thoma Bravo in its majority investment in SailPoint Technologies, and in connection with take-private and other leveraged buyout transactions (together with financing aspects of such transactions)
  • M&A clients on license compliance issues relating to open source software use in the product environment*

* Certain representative matters prior to joining Goodwin Procter

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin, Ms. Spindler was a partner in the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  Previously, she practiced at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.


Ms. Spindler has been named:

  • A "Life Sciences Star" by Euromoney Legal Media Group for licensing and collaboration expertise in the life sciences industry (every year since 2012)
  • One of the world's leading 1000 patent practitioners by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) (every year since 2012)
  • One of the world's leading 300 IP strategists by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) (every year since 2015)

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J.D., 2002
Santa Clara University School of Law
(magna cum laude; Order of the Coif)
B.S., 1996
Stanford University
(with Honors)



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