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Our lawyers have extensive experience in all aspects of intellectual property (IP) transactions, and apply their focused knowledge in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, defense contracting, health care, financial services, telecommunications, biotech, software, semiconductors, and electronics. Lawyers from our Corporate Group and Intellectual Property Group work together closely to structure, negotiate, and implement IP transactions involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, know-how, and most other forms of intellectual property. Recognizing that some of our clients’ most important assets are intellectual property, we combine our legal experience with technical knowledge and business acumen to provide the following types of IP transactional services:

  • Computer software development and licensing arrangements
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Patent, trademark, and copyright licensing arrangements
  • Assignments of technology, know-how, and related intellectual property
  • Data rights and data protection agreements
  • Strategic alliances and joint development agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Marketing, reseller, and distribution agreements
  • Research and development and collaborative research agreements

As a benefit of our close working relationship with the firm's Government Contracts Group, we have substantial knowledge and extensive experience with issues arising when licensing IP to governmental entities, including patent and technical data rights issues.

We also counsel our clients on the design and implementation of IP portfolio management procedures. This includes invention recordkeeping, intercompany invention reporting, patent incentive programs, patent reviews, proprietary information protection programs such as employee consulting, confidentiality, and invention agreements, trade secret protection practices and policies, employee exit procedures, "clean room" design-around procedures, and copyright maintenance, licensing, and enforcement programs. We also provide due diligence assessments of newly developed technologies and in connection with the acquisition of intellectual property.

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World Trademark Review Ranks Crowell & Moring in WTR 1000 (Jul.07.2020)
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"U.S. Copyright Office Weighs in on "Unbalanced" DMCA Safe Harbor System," IP Insights (June 4, 2020). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Deirdre Long Absolonne, Michelle Chipetine, Suzanne Trivette
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IAM Names Crowell & Moring Partner Teresa Rea to Intellectual Property Hall of Fame (May.20.2020)
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"Coloring in the Lines – Protecting Colorful Product Packaging Just Became Easier," IP Insights (April 14, 2020). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, James K. Stronski, David Ervin, Michelle Chipetine
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"The Patent Prosecution Lifecycle," Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, Doylestown, PA (February 26, 2020). Speakers: Terry Rea and Mena Gaballah, PharmD.
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“The October 2019 Update to the USPTO’s Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance,” Washington, D.C. (November 12, 2019). Speaker: Benjamin Christoff.
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Crowell & Moring Partner Teresa Rea Testifies Before Senate on Ways to Improve the Quality of Issued Patents (Nov.01.2019)
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Scott L. Bittman Receives Cornerstone Award for Pro Bono Work from Lawyers Alliance for New York (Oct.30.2019)
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"Biosimilar Biological Products," FDLI's Introduction to Biologics and Biosimilars Law and Regulation, Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2019). Presenters: Deborah H. Yellin and Mary Anne Schofield, Ph.D.
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"No Registration Without Representation: U.S. Requires Foreign Trademark Owners to Engage U.S.-Licensed Attorneys," IP Insights (July 24, 2019). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Deirdre Long Absolonne, Michelle Chipetine
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Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with more than 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory, and transactional matters. The firm is internationally recognized for its representation of Fortune 500 companies in high-stakes litigation, as well as its ongoing commitment to pro bono service and diversity. The firm has offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, London, and Brussels.

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