Joshua H. Rawson


Joshua H. Rawson


New York | Three Bryant Park, 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, United States of America 10036-6797
+1 212 698 3862 | +1 212 698 3599

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Joshua H. Rawson leads the U.S. Technology and Intellectual Property Transactions practice group at Dechert. He represents clients in intellectual property transactional, licensing, and counseling matters. He negotiates sophisticated domestic and cross-border IP transactions and counsels clients on transactions involving the development, acquisition, sale, licensing, and protection of IP rights and technology assets.

He also advises clients on the management and enforcement of their patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

Mr. Rawson represents clients in the information technology, digital media, financial services, pharmaceutical, and electronics industries. His transactional expertise extends to assisting clients in the establishment of joint ventures and strategic alliances focused on the exploitation of intellectual property and technology. He also negotiates complex licensing and outsourcing arrangements involving patents, software, trademarks, and related services. In addition, he conducts company-wide audits of intellectual property and related practices and advises clients in establishing and improving policies respecting the identification, development, and protection of IP assets.

Mr. Rawson has also advised clients with respect to the spectrum of legal issues relating to their electronic transaction systems, including the design of effective electronic agreements, data protection, data privacy and data transfer restrictions, as well as protection of related business method patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark rights.

Named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in both patent and trademark the last three years in a row, Mr. Rawson was noted for his focus on due diligence and overseas work in both Europe and Asia. He was also recommended by The Legal 500 as “the name to note,” for patent licensing and transactional work. Complementing Mr. Rawson’s transactional experience are the skills that he acquired as a former intellectual property litigator who argued on behalf of domestic and foreign clients in both U.S. litigation and international arbitration. He represented clients engaged in disputes involving trademark, trade dress, patent, and copyright infringement, as well as the creation and misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • Princeton University, A.B., 1985, magna cum laude
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1988, cum laude
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Speaking Engagements
  • Intellectual Property Issues in Financial Services Seminar: What's Hot? — Boston, MA (September 27, 2018) 
  • Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law - Will the US and EU Regulators Soon Be Knocking on Your Door? — Presented by ACC GNY with Sponsorship by Dechert LLP, New York, NY (March 22, 2012)

Moderator, "Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law" interactive roundtable discussed the most recent US and EU regulatory developments regarding cybersecurity and data privacy, including litigation updates, legislative efforts, SEC and FTC rule making and enforcements, the recently proposed US Cybersecurity Bill, the recently proposed New European Privacy regime, how companies can best protect themselves from the liabilities and risks, and a case study of how (and how not) to respond to a real world cybersecurity or data privacy breach.

  • Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Keeping Up with the Ever Changing US and European Data Privacy Developments — Presented by DELVACCA with Sponsorship by Dechert LLP, Philadelphia, PA (February 21, 2012)

Speaker, "Data Privacy and Cybersecurity: Keeping Up With Ever-Changing US and European Data Privacy Developments" panel on recent developments regarding data privacy and protection liabilities, risks, compliance, regulatory developments, SEC and FTC enforcements, litigation updates and federal legislative efforts.

  • Keeping Up With Ever-Changing US and European Data Privacy Requirements — Boston, MA; London; New York, NY (November 4, 2011)

Speaker, "Keeping Up With Ever-Changing US and European Data Privacy Developments" panel on data protection and privacy liabilities and risks associated with services provided by outside vendors and service providers, identify contract issues that should be considered, and provide pointers on how liabilities and risks can be mitigated with careful contract-drafting.

  • Keeping Up With Ever-Changing US and European Data Privacy Requirements - Are You In Compliance? — Association of Corporate Counsel - Greater NY Chapter - Compliance and Ethics Practice Group Meeting, New York Office (September 20, 2011)
  • Patent Licensing Strategies for an Uncertain Environment — WRG 6th Annual Patents and the Financial Services Industry Conference, New York, NY (July 29, 2009)

This session examined challenges currently faced by financial services companies entering into patent license arrangements, including those caused by the troubled economic environment as well as dramatic changes and uncertainties in patent law. 

  • Maximizing Rights and Mitigating Risk in a Troubled Economic Environment — Association of Corporate Counsel, Millbrae, CA (May 5, 2009)
  • The 5th Annual Patents and Financial Services Industry Conference — Presented by the World Research Group with Sponsorship  by Dechert, New York, NY (July 29, 2008)

This conference addressed every major issue facing the industry regarding patents and the patent system, which is embroiled in enormous flux and change. The very relevance, impact and necessity of patents in the industry have all been called into question this year.

  • Patenting Business Methods in the Financial Services Industry — Presented by the World Research Group with Sponsorship by Dechert, New York, NY (July 24, 2007)

This conference addressed the most relevant and topical concerns that are directly affecting your business. Experts provide in-depth analysis of the most important recent decisions in patent and case law and evaluate the patent reform process. They also explained how the upcoming changes in patent law will affect how you manage your IP portfolio, conduct freedom-to operate due diligence, enforce patents and defend against infringement.