Stuart S. Beraha

Stuart S. Beraha

Education

University of Michigan (B.A., 1990)
New York University School of Law (J.D., 1993)

Bar Admissions

New York
Japan (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)

Clerkships

Hon. Avern Cohn, U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan

Stuart Beraha is a partner in the Technology Transactions Group of Morrison & Foerster’s Corporate Department, resident in the Tokyo office. He has broad experience in technology, content, branding and other intellectual property development, licensing and partnering transactions.

Mr. Beraha’s work includes the structuring and negotiation of joint venture and strategic alliance transactions and related agreements; technology, software and content licenses and assignments; e-commerce, search and other Internet-related transactions; development, joint development, consulting and outsourcing agreements; patent assignments and licenses; trademark licenses and related branding agreements; the intellectual property components of merger and acquisition transactions; and other transactions relating to the transfer of technology and other types of intellectual property.

Examples of Mr. Beraha’s recent transactions include representing:

  • Toshiba in the IP and commercial aspects of the $18 billion sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Toshiba Memory Corporation to a consortium led by Bain Capital.
  • TDK in the IP aspects of its RF filter and module joint venture with Qualcomm.
  • Hitachi in the IP and commercial aspects of the sale of its global hard disk drive business to Western Digital.
  • Otsuka in its development and commercialization agreement with ReCor Medical.
  • Fujitsu in its global strategic alliance with Oracle America (formerly Sun Microsystems), in which the two companies combined their world-wide UNIX server businesses.
  • Toshiba in its semiconductor patent license with Micron and its flash memory alliance with M-Systems (including as to R&D agreements, semiconductor manufacture and supply agreements and patent and technology license agreements).
  • SoftBank in Alibaba’s restructuring of its holdings in Alipay.
  • Yahoo Japan in its sponsored and algorithmic search transactions with Google, previous sponsored search transactions with Overture, including the acquisition of Overture KK, and in a series of other search-related and commercial transactions.
  • Sega in its first two licenses of massively multiplayer online games for the Chinese market.

Mr. Beraha was selected as the exclusive winner by the Client Choice Awards 2017 for the IT & Internet category for Japan (based on a survey of over 2,500 in-house counsel). He was also selected as an “IP Star” for the 2017 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey. He is recognized in the field of Intellectual Property in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific respectively. In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mr. Beraha received honorable mention in the TMT category (2017 edition) and the Intellectual Property category (2018 edition). He is also “recommended” in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in the transactions category for its 2012 – 2017 editions.

Mr. Beraha is a member of Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association. Mr. Beraha received his B.A. degree in English and Philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Beraha was selected as the exclusive winner by the Client Choice Awards 2017 for the IT & Internet category for Japan (based on a survey of over 2,500 in-house counsel). He was also selected as an “IP Star” for the 2017 edition of Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey. He is recognized in the field of Intellectual Property in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Chambers Global and Chambers Asia Pacific respectively. In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Mr. Beraha received honorable mention in the TMT category (2017 edition) and the Intellectual Property category (2018 edition). He is also “recommended” in Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners in the transactions category for its 2012 – 2017 editions.

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