Seth Graham is a senior associate in the Technology Transactions Group of Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office. His practice is concentrated on transactions and counseling involving intellectual property and technology, with an emphasis on licensing arrangements, technology transfers, joint development activities, and monetizing intellectual property assets.
Mr. Graham has experience in advising clients in a variety of fields, including the software, information technology, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, and regularly counsels clients on issues such as complex software licensing arrangements, cloud computing transactions, open source software, emerging blockchain technologies and others. Mr. Graham is also actively involved in structuring and negotiating strategic patent licensing arrangements (particularly in the telecommunications space) and advising on intellectual property issues relevant to project finance and development activities and venture stage investments. Representative Japan-based clients include Softbank, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsui, Yahoo Japan and Kaken Pharmaceutical. He was also previously a resident of the firm’s San Francisco office.
Mr. Graham also advises clients in the context of adversarial litigation negotiations and settlements and in connection with mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, joint ventures and other corporate transactions. He has extensive experience with intellectual property issues relevant to cross-border transactions and in-bound licensing transactions in Japan. He has also provided pro bono legal services to several not-for-profit entities and visual artists in connection with establishing and enforcing their intellectual property rights.
In the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mr. Graham is mentioned as a “name to note” in the TMT category.
Mr. Graham received his B.A. degree in Philosophy and Economics, Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors, from Dartmouth College in 1999, and later received an M.A. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research in 2004. He earned his J.D. degree from Stanford Law School in 2007, where he served as Managing Editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review and a teaching assistant to Prof. John H. Merryman (Art Law).
Mr. Graham is admitted to practice in New York and California.
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