PARAG GHEEWALA

Partner
Intellectual Property

EXPERIENCE:

Parag Gheewala manages the technology transactions practice in the firm's Seattle and Austin offices. Parag advises clients on intellectual property issues and transactions involving the development, acquisition, use, or exploitation of technology. He represents companies at all stages of growth—from promising start-ups to industry-leading, multinational public companies—in an array of technology sectors, including cloud, mobile, software, software-as-a-service, hardware, video gaming, social networking, semiconductor, media, e-commerce, and alternative energy.

Parag structures, drafts, and negotiates a broad range of commercial agreements, including customer, distribution, licensing, research, development, manufacturing, purchase, supply, and marketing agreements. He counsels clients on a variety of intellectual property issues, including intellectual property portfolio strategy, open source compliance, standards body participation, and settlement of intellectual property litigation. Parag also advises clients on intellectual property issues in mergers, acquisitions, intellectual property purchases, divestitures, public offerings, and investments.

SELECT EXPERIENCE:
  • Customer and end-user arrangements, including end-user license agreements (EULAs), enterprise software license agreements, software-as-a-service (SaaS) subscriptions, website and mobile application terms of use and privacy policies, and terms of purchase for hardware and other equipment
  • Distribution and sales channel relationships, including reseller agreements, original equipment and original device manufacturer agreements (OEM/ODM), "white-label" distribution agreements, sales representative agreements, and sales referral agreements
  • Developer and application development and distribution programs for platform operators, including application programming interface (API) agreements, "sandbox" environment agreements, and app store terms and conditions
  • Manufacturing and supply chain arrangements, including contract manufacturing agreements and component and finished product purchase agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Open-source matters, including compliance audits, analysis of Black Duck and other third-party audit reports, remediation of compliance errors, establishing internal policies, launching open-source projects, and structuring open-source or "dual licensed" business models
  • Patent monetization, including patent licenses and patent acquisitions
  • Video game development and publishing arrangements
  • Relationships with universities and research institutions, including sponsored research agreements and technology licensing or transfer
  • Negotiating settlements of intellectual property litigation, including cross-license agreements
  • Intellectual property and commercial due diligence in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, investments, and public offerings
SELECT TRANSACTIONS:
  • Represent Bungie, the creators of the blockbuster Halo, Myth, and Marathon video game franchises, in connection with its exclusive 10-year partnership with Activision Blizzard to develop and publish Destiny, a multi-platform video game
  • Represent Twitter with respect to intellectual property and technology matters related to numerous acquisitions, including acquisitions of Gnip, SnappyTV, Namo Media, Madbits, Apps & Zerts, ZipDial, Whetlab, TellApart, Niche, CardSpring, and Peer
  • Represented salesforce.com, the leading customer relationship management cloud platform, in connection with its global strategic partnership with Microsoft to deliver new solutions that connect Salesforce and Microsoft products
  • Advise Tencent on a variety of intellectual property matters and commercial transactions, including mobile and PC video game distribution and publishing, the international distribution and promotion of the WeChat mobile communications platform, the establishment of open-source software projects, the licensing and acquisition of patents, and the establishment of music and video licensing relationships
  • Negotiate commercial relationships for and provide strategic intellectual property advice to MasterCard
  • Represented RealNetworks, a provider of digital media services, in connection with the sale of a significant portion of its patent portfolio to Intel for $120 million
  • Represented Dashwire in its acquisition of patents under Intellectual Ventures' IP for Defense program for counter-assertion against competitor Synchronoss, its subsequent settlement of the Synchronoss litigation, and its successful sale to HTC Corporation
  • Represent China's largest and most-used Internet service portal, Tencent, in connection with its strategic relationship with Activision Blizzard to bring the Call of Duty video game franchise to China
  • Represent FireEye, a leading security company, with respect to intellectual property and technology matters related to its public offerings and numerous acquisitions, including acquisitions of Mandiant, nPulse, and Ensighta
  • Represent salesforce.com with respect to intellectual property and technology matters related to numerous acquisitions, including its $2.5 billion acquisition of public company ExactTarget and its acquisitions of RelateIQ, cloudconnect, and EdgeSpring
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., New York University School of Law
    Member, Moot Court Board
  • B.S., Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (Electrical Engineering and Public Policy), University of Washington
    Student Body President; Presidential Scholar; Member, Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Advisory Board Member, Practical Law Company
  • Editorial Board Member, Washington Journal for Law, Technology, and the Arts
HONORS:
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Designated as a Certified Licensing Professional
  • Recognized in Washington Super Lawyers in 2011-2015, and as a "Rising Star" from 2003-2008
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by Washington CEO Magazine (2008)
  • Designated as a Black Duck Legal Specialist (assist companies with analyzing open source reports)
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ADMISSIONS:
  • State Bar of Washington

Contact Information

701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 5100
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone | 206-883-2513
Fax | 206-883-2699

Email | Parag Gheewalaparag@wsgr.com


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