Wendel Rosen’s technology practice group provides a full range of legal services focused on the special needs of technology companies, whose business operations are often highly time-sensitive and touch upon many areas of law. Technology company legal issues may involve intellectual property, venture finance, stock issuance, commercial contracts, tax issues, leasing, executive compensation, estate planning and litigation. The technology group handles the following types of matters:
- Software Licensing, Development and Distribution
- Trademark Selection, Registration and Protection
- Trade Secrets
- OEM, End-User License, Reseller and Distributor Agreements
- Copyright Law
- Strategic Partnerships and Joint Ventures
- Venture Capital, Equity and Debt Financing
- Company Formation and Stock Incentive Plans
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Employment Agreements
- Litigation to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights
- Manufacturing Agreements
We've worked with clients in industries including software, Internet, multimedia, telecommunications, laser, medical instrumentation and computer equipment. A major part of our work for these clients involves intellectual property; the development, protection, acquisition, licensing and disposition of trade secrets, copyrighted material, ideas, processes and trademarks. We prepare and negotiate software, hardware and multimedia development agreements, software licenses, distribution agreements, equipment procurement agreements and joint venture agreements. The parties to these agreements are typically developers, manufacturers, service providers, distributors, resellers and end users. We also perform trademark searches and registrations, and advise clients regarding the selection and enforcement of trademarks.
An important part of the technology practice group involves the financing of emerging companies. The firm represents venture capital companies, businesses seeking financing, and financial intermediaries. The firm’s technology clients obtain financing from founders, “angel investors,” venture capitalists, the public market and strategic partners. We prepare investment agreements, shareholder agreements and private placement memoranda, and advise clients about preferred stock terms and registration rights for public offerings.
Firm attorneys also perform intellectual property audits on behalf of client companies and investors in order to verify a company’s intellectual property portfolio.
The technology practice works closely with lawyers from other practice areas within Wendel Rosen. For example, our employment law attorneys create incentive plans for managers and represent both employers and employees in complex employment disputes. Our real estate attorneys address special issues relating to real property, such as the communication needs of Internet service providers and the installation of telecom equipment. Our estate planning attorneys help founders and key managers of growing companies plan for liquidity events and the transfer of assets to heirs and charitable foundations. Our tax lawyers handle the tax aspects of technology company operations. Finally, our bankruptcy attorneys represent licensors and owners of technology, investors, lenders and others in company insolvency or creditor situations.
We strive to fashion clear agreements that will help our clients avoid litigation. And, when disputes arise, we seek to resolve them by negotiation or alternative dispute resolution procedures, such as mediation. However, we recognize that litigation, or the threat of it, is a fact of business life. The firm’s litigators are experienced in a wide range of business disputes: shareholders, financing, intellectual property, commercial contracts, real estate and other areas. Sometimes, the best way to avoid litigation is to be well prepared to handle it. While focusing on intellectual property and corporate finance, the technology practice group brings together attorneys from the other relevant firm practice areas to address the complex needs of technology companies in a timely and responsive manner.