Intellectual Property


Parag Gheewala chairs 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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Advisory Board Member, Practical Law Company
  • Editorial Board Member, Washington Journal for Law, Technology, and the Arts
  • 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)
  • State Bar of Washington

Contact Information

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

Email | Parag

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