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:

  • Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality
  • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  • Blockchain & Distributed Ledger
  • FinTech
  • IoT, Connected Devices & Big Data
  • Life Sciences, HealthTech & AgTech
  • Semiconductors
  • Software, Cloud & as-a-Service Technologies
Astellas Pharma Inc.
We represented Astellas in a $815 million collaboration and license agreement with San Francisco-based FibroGen, Inc. for the exclusive rights to develop and market anaemia therapies FG-2216 and FG 4592 in Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa; a $760 million exclusive worldwide collaboration (including an exclusive license to applicable patent rights) with CoMentis, Inc., to develop and commercialize products from CoMentis's beta-secretase inhibitor program, including compound CTS-21166, an orally bioavailable, small molecule beta-secretase inhibitor that is being developed as a disease-modifying treatment for Alzheimer's disease; and a $180 million global agreement with Maxygen, Inc. under which Astellas received worldwide rights to commercialize MAXY-4 lead candidates for all autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection.
Beijing Olympic Organizing Committee
We served as international legal counsel to the Beijing Organizing Committee for the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG). We assisted with a range of legal issues arising from the requirements, preparation, and hosting of the 2008 Summer Games, including legal advice related to marketing, broadcasting, the protection of intellectual property, venue construction, procurement, entertainment, technology, and other related matters.
Cambridge Antibody Technology
We represented Cambridge Antibody Technology in connection with a major strategic alliance with AstraZeneca to discover and develop human antibody therapeutics in inflammatory disorders.
Fujitsu Limited
We represented Fujitsu Limited in its license covering the entire portfolio of patents of Rambus Inc. The agreement covers chip interface technology that Fujitsu has used in PCs and servers.
Novell, Inc.
We represent Novell with respect to open source software issues including its dispute with SCO over copyrights in UNIX.
We represented Toshiba in its $288 million acquisition of certain of Micron Technology's semiconductor patents and of a license under all patents owned or previously owned by Lexar Media.
Warner Music Group
We represented Warner Music Group in a joint venture with MySpace involving the licensing of a majority of Warner's catalog for use in various digital forms. The transaction also involved the licensing of applicable publishing rights through Warner Music's publishing arm.

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

Chambers Europe 2018
Germany: TMT: Media

Legal 500 US 2018
Data Protection & Privacy
Technology Transactions

Legal 500 UK 2019
Technology, Media & Telecoms: IT & Telecoms
Corporate & Commercial: Commercial Contracts

Legal 500 Germany 2018
Media: Entertainment
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 & Telecoms
Singapore: Foreign Firms: Technology, Media & Telecoms

Asia-Pacific: TMT

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Blockchain + Smart Contracts Resource Center

Internet of Things
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

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