Global technology, life sciences, and consumer products leaders, unicorns, and emerging disruptors alike look to Morrison & Foerster to guide their most complex and strategic technology and intellectual property transactions. We lead our clients through the maze of legal and commercial issues that arise in connection with the acquisition, development, adoption, and commercialization of new technologies and IP assets in a wide range of cutting-edge industry sectors.
Our Technology Transactions Group structures and negotiates agreements and provides sophisticated, business-oriented advice on the legal and commercial issues that arise in complex technology and IP-related transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, software and information technology licensing and procurement, patent licensing and monetization, outsourcing arrangements, and development, collaboration, joint-venture, and distribution deals.
Morrison & Foerster is recognized as one of the world’s leading global law firms for technology transactions. Our Technology Transactions Group is a destination practice for technology and IP-related transactions, not a sideline practice within the general M&A or IP practice groups, as is the case at many law firms. We have one of the largest dedicated Technology Transactions Groups of any general practice law firm, which means our clients benefit from the expertise of attorneys who spend all day, every day, working on the complex, cutting-edge technology and IP issues that present the greatest strategic challenges in the constantly evolving technology marketplace.
We bring added value to a transaction based on our deep understanding of not only the legal issues, but also the technological and business issues that arise in a range of cutting-edge technology sectors. In fact, we believe there are very few issues in a transaction that are purely legal issues or purely business issues. Our approach is to partner with our clients to achieve the best overall result from a practical, business-oriented perspective. To put this approach into practice, we have developed market-leading expertise in a number of sectors, such as:
Chambers Europe 2018 Germany: TMT: Media
Chambers UK 2019 UK-wide: Outsourcing London: Information Technology
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms 2019 Law Firm of the Year: Information Technology Law (2013 - 2015, 2017-2018) National: Technology Law (Tier 1) National: Information Technology Law (Tier 1) New York City: Information Technology Law (Tier 1) San Francisco: Information Technology Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Information Technology Law (Tier 1) Washington D.C.: Technology Law (Tier 2)
Chambers Global 2018 Global: Outsourcing Global: TMT USA: Outsourcing Asia-Pacific: TMT
Chambers USA 2018 National: Outsourcing California: IT & Outsourcing New York: Technology & Outsourcing Washington, D.C.: Technology & Outsourcing
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Asia-Pacific Region: Technology, Media, Telecoms China: Technology, Media, Telecoms: International Firms
Legal 500 US 2018 Data Protection & Privacy Outsourcing Technology Transactions
Legal 500 UK 2019 Technology, Media & Telecoms: IT & Telecoms Corporate & Commercial: Commercial Contracts
Legal 500 Germany 2018 Media: Entertainment Telecommunications Information Technology and Outsourcing: Data Protection
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2018 China: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms Hong Kong: Technology, Media & Telecoms Japan: Intellectual Property: International Firms and Joint Ventures Japan: Technology, Media & TelecomsSingapore: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms
Blockchain + Smart Contracts Resource Center
Internet of Things (IoT) Resources
“Well-established technology practice complemented by a global platform able to advise on the full range of IT issues.” Chambers UK 2019
“They have a very strong TMT brand that carries wherever they open an office” Chambers Global 2018
“They’re a pleasure to work with and the international collaboration works really well.” Chambers Europe 2018
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