Artificial Intelligence + Robotics


Morrison & Foerster provides sophisticated, full-service representation to a wide range of clients with companies that both develop and use cutting-edge, rapidly changing technology in the AI and robotics space. Our clients span the spectrum from start-ups to Silicon Valley industry leaders to global Fortune 100 power players. They rely on our cross-practice, integrated approach to all aspects of their business operations, whether it’s protecting valuable intellectual property or navigating tricky regulatory hurdles. We take the time to immerse ourselves in our clients’ technologies to provide the highest and most sophisticated level of legal and business advice.

From global retailers to autonomous vehicle manufacturers to online content providers to game-changing software developers, MoFo’s clients are forging the technological landscape of the 21st century, and we’re excited to be by their side.

  • Emerging Technologies: We work with clients from the earliest stages of technology development. Our intellectual property and patent lawyers help clients protect innovations and perfect intellectual property rights. We have assisted clients in obtaining patent coverage for inventions that will shape the future of transportation, including drone technologies, like assisted landing and route planning. We have helped clients secure patents on technologies related to automation, artificial intelligence, computer learning, graphics processing, battery usage, data aggregation, and user interfaces. In addition, we have developed and implemented an IP enforcement strategy for the largest technology company in the world.
  • Privacy and Data Security: Our market-leading Global Privacy + Data Security Group includes more than 60 lawyers across the United States, Europe, and Asia, who provide creative yet practical advice to established companies and startups as they develop cutting-edge technologies or expand into new markets. We counsel on compliance with ever-evolving global privacy laws and regulations, including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as well as cyber incident preparedness and response, legislative advocacy, and myriad other challenges that clients face as they operate against a complex regulatory backdrop. As one of the first dedicated data protection practices of any global law firm, our team is familiar with the privacy laws in every jurisdiction in which they exist and advocates before Data Protection Authorities worldwide.
  • Products Liability: We counsel product companies at every stage of the product lifecycle, advising on product liability risk management, product recalls, insurance, and indemnification. Safety is a top priority for our clients. We work with them to develop warnings, safety management systems, manuals, service bulletins, and other technical documents, anticipating novel claims or risks that they may face as a result of new technologies. We are also the go-to trial and national coordinating counsel for transportation clients facing major products liability and class action litigation.
  • Technology Transactions: Our Technology Transactions Group is recognized as one of the world's leaders in handling complex technology transactions. We routinely bring this expertise to bear for cutting-edge and industry-leading intelligent transportation, delivery, and manufacturing technologies. We also regularly advise companies operating in, or that offer products that operate in, data and algorithm-rich environments, helping clients to do everything from securing rights to training data sets and services and data management platforms to rolling out connected technologies to enterprise customers and consumers. Our work includes strategic collaborations; manufacturing, supply, development, distribution and sale agreements; terms or service; counseling and negotiation of technology-related agreements; sourcing and IT procurement; IP licensing; and IP and technology issues related to investments and M&A deals.
  • Corporate/M&A: Our M&A practice is renowned for its work in the technology sector. Our M&A attorneys regularly advise both emerging and established companies on transactions involving artificial intelligence, robotics, and intelligent transportation solutions. We provide counsel to clients on the full range of transactional activities, from acqui-hires and serial acquisition programs to big-ticket public company acquisitions. Recent engagements include advising Mobileye, a developer of vision-based advanced driver assistance systems, in its $15.3 billion sale to Intel; SoftBank in its acquisition of robotics company Boston Dynamics, Inc.; and Capital One in its acquisition of Notch, a technology consulting firm specializing in the use of data analytics and machine learning technology.
  • Litigation: We regularly litigate IP and trade secret cases involving cutting-edge technologies, including autonomous systems. In early 2018, we secured a favorable settlement for Uber in its action against Waymo, one of the highest profile trade secrets cases to date involving the development of autonomous vehicles. The size and experience of our litigation team has provided us with expertise in a variety of venues, including all of the district courts that handle high volumes of patent litigation, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. We are adept at making this complex technology, and the legal issues surrounding it, understandable to lay judges and juries. Our IP litigators are known for their courtroom skills, their ability to analyze the key issues in a case and develop novel solutions for resolving or winning it, and their depth of experience.
  • Regulatory: We are the go-to outside regulatory counsel for some of the world’s leading companies with business models and technology platforms operating within both emerging and established regulatory frameworks, including in high-risk markets. We advise clients on regulations at the international, national, state, and local levels and across voluntary and mandatory regimes. For example, our team has assisted clients with autonomous transportation regulatory issues in both aerial and terrestrial contexts (i.e., UAV, AV, and PDD). For clients with or seeking an international footprint, we offer unparalleled experience before CFIUS, obtained through dozens of extended and challenging CFIUS investigations.
  • Safety Compliance: With comprehensive knowledge of the safety regimes in a number of industries including transportation, healthcare and consumer electronics, we are uniquely positioned to counsel clients on safety issues concerning the development, deployment and integration of any system or device that will be connected and operated based on self-learning algorithms. We understand machine-learning technology and the new challenges it presents for automated systems clients.

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