Intellectual Property


Selwyn Goldberg is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's technology transactions practice and a member of the firm's Policy Committee. Although his primary focus is on technology mergers and acquisitions, his practice includes a wide range of intellectual property-related matters, including licensing, joint ventures, and technology transfers, mainly focused in the areas of computer hardware and software, multimedia, telecommunications, and electronics. Selwyn also regularly represents companies in complex transactions in the area of renewable energy, especially in the solar industry. Transactions in this area range from joint ventures to technology development and supply agreements. Selwyn advises clients on general intellectual property matters, including the development of patent programs; analysis of patent portfolios; development and protection of intellectual property; and valuation issues. Selwyn's clients range from small start-up ventures to Fortune 100 companies.

Selwyn joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 1995 from Weil, Gotshal & Manges' intellectual property group in New York. At Weil, Selwyn specialized in technology and IP-related transactions, primarily—but not exclusively—in the high-technology area. Selwyn also participated in a number of intellectual property litigations. Before joining Weil, he spent four years as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, first in Cravath's litigation department and later in its corporate department.

Prior to attending law school, Selwyn was a member of the technical staff at RCA's David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

  • J.D., New York Law School, 1986
    Magna Cum Laude; Associate Editor, New York Law School Law Review
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Member, American Bar Association, IP Law and Science & Technology Sections
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Member, California Bar Association, IP Law and Science & Technology Sections
  • Member, San Francisco Bar Association
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Recognized in Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine's 2014 IAM Patent 1000 – World's Leading Patent Practitioners guide
  • Named in the 2009 edition of Intellectual Asset Management 250 – The World's Leading IP Strategists
  • Named in 2006-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers

Selwyn is a frequent speaker, and has had occasion to address:

  • Various Practising Law Institute Seminars
  • Licensing Executive Society Spring 2005 Conference
  • Outsourcing World Summit in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Stanford E-Commerce Best Practices Conference
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Industry Outsourcing Conference
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Contact Information

650 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Phone | 650-320-4538

Email | Selwyn

Areas of Expertise

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