Practice Dimension and Scope
One of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's key differentiators is the firm's extensive and highly regarded technology transactions practice (TTG), which is dedicated solely to commercial transactions driven by intellectual property. Our TTG team consists of approximately 50 attorneys, many of whom hold advanced degrees in engineering or science and are expert in the full range of matters related to complex and sophisticated technology transactions. Each year, our attorneys negotiate hundreds of strategic business collaborations, placing clients in optimal positions to succeed in today's complex global marketplace.
Established Reputation Earned Through Industry Experience
Based on their expertise, a number of our attorneys have been recognized as leading technology transactions practitioners by such sources as Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and The Legal 500 (US). The firm's TTG attorneys have an established reputation earned by working with clients that range from promising and innovative start-ups to industry leaders in a wide variety of technology sectors, including:
Because our TTG experts are focused on technology transactions and WSGR has the largest footprint of any law firm in the technology space, our experience in this area is unparalleled.
What We Do for Clients
The firm's TTG attorneys have a proven track record for working with clients across virtually all operational and strategic areas of their businesses. Our TTG team has advised clients on, for example:
- Strategic alliances, partnerships, and joint ventures
- Asset sales and spinouts
- Collaborations and co-development arrangements
- OEM, distribution, and reseller agreements
- Manufacturing and supply agreements
- Patent monetization
- Patent, technology, software, content, and trademark licenses
- Litigation settlements
- Global outsourcing transactions
- IP and commercial terms and related due diligence in M&A transactions
- Government contracts and contracting regulatory provisions
- University and research-institute licensing
With offices in the United States, the European Union, and China, the team also assists clients with global IP transactions. In addition, we have extensive experience representing non-U.S. companies—including clients based in the U.K., Israel, and other EMEA countries; South and Central America; and Greater Asia—looking to enter the U.S. market.
Why WSGR? We Have a Technology Transactions Practice Unlike Any Other
Experience and Partnership
Founded in Silicon Valley in 1961, WSGR has extensive expertise advising technology companies at every stage of development. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with our clients, serving as knowledgeable and trusted strategic partners. Our involvement in our clients' life cycle from day-to-day operations to major strategic transactions provides a unique value-add.
A Pragmatic Approach
Our attorneys are focused on balancing business and legal issues and completing transactions smoothly and efficiently.
A Highly Integrated Team
Technology transactions can cut across a vast range of disciplines, including privacy and data protection, intellectual property, outsourcing, antitrust, corporate governance, finance, litigation, securities, tax, and employment law, as well as across many geographies. We have the resources to handle every aspect of a complex transaction in a well-coordinated manner that leverages the collective expertise of the firm.
We have an intimate understanding of the economic ecosystem in which our clients operate. As a result, we add value not only in crafting and negotiating commercial agreements driven by intellectual property (such as license, joint venture, outsourcing, co-development, manufacturing, and distribution agreements), but also in establishing the most favorable business terms for our clients.
The depth and breadth of our bench gives the firm an outstanding ability to scale to meet the needs of our clients and tailor our teams to the specialized demands of each client engagement.
Efficiency and Value
The firm is well aware of our clients' focus on cost efficiency, and our experience and staffing strategy allows us to offer exceptional value to the companies we serve.
An Edge in M&A
The firm's TTG team is an invaluable asset in merger and acquisition transactions. The team has unrivaled expertise in spinout and other complex transactions related to IP acquisitions and sales. TTG attorneys are especially adept at understanding a target company's value and vulnerabilities from a commercial and IP perspective.