Paul Jahn specializes in transactions involving the development, licensing, and transfer of complex technology and intellectual property. He is regularly involved in negotiations involving joint development projects, strategic alliances and joint ventures, distribution and commercialization arrangements, sourcing transactions, adversarial patent licensing, patent portfolio acquisitions, branding agreements, and the settlement of related disputes. He frequently counsels companies with respect to development projects, including those involving the development and use of open source software and clean rooms. These matters generally involve electronics, information technology, the life sciences, e-commerce, telecommunications, or other advanced technology.
Mr. Jahn has extensive international experience and has been resident in the firm’s offices in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Paul Jahn is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Legal 500 US, GC California, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, and Super Lawyers.
Representative clients include DreamWorks Animation, Hitachi, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Lucasfilm, and the University of California.
In addition to his transactional and counseling practice, Mr. Jahn has represented clients in trial and appellate litigation, focusing on cases involving unfair competition, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and licensing disputes.
Before obtaining his law degree, Mr. Jahn practiced as a legislative advocate in Brussels, Belgium, representing a coalition of major computer product manufacturers in a campaign to influence the content of a European Community directive concerning the scope of copyright protection for software. Prior to that time, he worked in Tokyo as part of a technical team representing Fujitsu in its arbitration with IBM involving copyrights for operating system software.
Mr. Jahn was a clerk to the Honorable Claudia Wilken of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California from 1995 to 1996 and was an extern to the Honorable Robert F. Peckham, also of the Northern District of California, in 1993.