The needs of technology companies are as vast, intricate and diverse as the industry itself. The business, legal and regulatory demands they face require the relentless focus and seamless collaboration of a global specialist law firm.
Dechert provides comprehensive litigation, transactional, regulatory and investigative services to technology clients around the world and in every part of the industry, including:
- broadcasting, cable and satellite
- computer hardware and software
- data privacy
Our lawyers rely on direct experience in the sector to deliver practical commercial judgment to our clients. Our ranks include the former GC and COO of a publicly traded U.S. technology company and the lead EU negotiator for the WTO telecommunications agreement.
Recognized by Global Competition Review as “the primary destination” to protect mergers under attack (2011 & 2012), our antitrust lawyers have a highly nuanced understanding of complex procedural issues, market and pricing analysis, causation and injury-related issues that frequently characterize antitrust cases in the technology and telecommunications industries. Over the last two decades, Dechert lawyers have led the way in securing decisions rewriting the law on class certification and summary judgment in antitrust cases and have a proven track record of successfully representing high-profile technology clients. We secured unconditional FTC clearance for the $225 million acquisition of HotJobs from Yahoo! Inc. by Monster Worldwide, Inc. after a full second request investigation. An earlier proposed combination of Monster and HotJobs in 2001 met with resistance from the FTC before HotJobs was sold to Yahoo.
Our lawyers advise technology companies on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, broadcasting agreements, the construction of telecommunications networks, operational issues and general corporate matters. We routinely handle the commercial aspects of technology deals. We have hands-on experience negotiating complex domestic and cross-border transactions, including France Telecom’s U.S.$3.35 billion tender offer for ECMS, which was awarded the 2012 TMT “Deal of the Year” by M&A Advisor.
Major technology and media clients such as Microsoft, the board of Hewlett-Packard and Monster Worldwide rely on Dechert for some of their most important and sensitive matters. We represent companies and their management in all phases of civil and criminal investigations, actions and prosecutions. Our lawyers have conducted significant internal investigations, including on matters involving shareholder derivative claims and inquiries from governmental agencies in the United States and abroad. We also advise technology companies on developing effective corporate compliance programs.
Dechert’s acclaimed litigation and dispute resolution team aggressively protects our technology clients’ most valuable assets and enforces their rights on the full range of matters, from large-scale patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright and IP-antitrust disputes to unfair competition claims, class actions and labor disputes. Our lawyers are distinguished for their technological and scientific sophistication, which they tailor to match each client’s needs and objectives.
Dechert’s international arbitration team has the global resources and experience to handle the largest, most complex disputes confronting technology companies throughout the world. We have significant experience resolving contentious issues confronting clients engaged in both domestic and cross-border business. Our lawyers possess detailed knowledge of arbitration institutions, applicable rules, regulations and practices. We regularly handle international disputes under the laws of dozens of different countries and are particularly adept at evaluating the interplay of applicable laws, sovereign immunity, international treaties and their impact on the outcome of matters and the enforcement of awards.
IP and Technology Licensing and Transactions
Our lawyers are experienced in IP and technology law, and they structure and negotiate domestic and cross-border deals every day. We have extensive hands-on experience advising our technology clients on the full spectrum of IP-related issues that arise in a commercial context and typically drive their businesses. We have deep expertise in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and software issues and routinely apply this expertise in complex licensing and technology transactions. We have broad experience developing creative and pragmatic solutions designed to ensure that our clients’ commercial activities, licensing programs and transactions are optimized and fully in sync with their strategies for protecting and promoting their intellectual property.
Labor and Employment
Major technology companies such as Siemens Industry, Monster Worldwide, Lockheed Martin Corporation and The Boeing Company rely on Dechert’s labor and employment team. Our lawyers provide rapid, integrated solutions on any employment, benefits or labor matter. We help clients navigate the ever-changing landscape of federal, state and local laws and regulations governing the workplace, assisting them with structuring and implementing effective workplace policies and procedures, preserving their intellectual property, addressing the full range of labor and employment law issues, and guiding them through the challenges of litigation.
Patent Counseling and Prosecution
Dechert’s patent counseling and prosecution practice provides comprehensive, long-range strategic advice on protecting and enhancing IP positions to deliver competitive advantage and maximize value. Our services extend from ensuring adequate and proper IP documentation and disclosure to patent prosecution, protection, licensing and enforcement.
With a particularly strong focus on the medical technology industry, our strategic guidance is informed by years of industry knowledge and experience as well as significant scientific and technical acumen. A majority of our patent counseling lawyers have Ph.D., M.D. or other advanced scientific degrees, and a number have postdoctoral research experience in academic or industrial settings.
Product Liability and Mass Torts
Our product liability and mass torts lawyers have a proven track record of successfully representing technology and telecommunications clients, including Time Warner Cable and Comcast. We advise clients on warning and recall issues, responsible document creation and retention programs, and other methods for warding off and defending against potential litigation. In the courtroom, we serve as local, regional and national trial counsel for leading companies.
Dechert’s experienced regulatory lawyers provide strategic guidance to electronics, information technology, software and telecommunications companies in the United States, Europe and Asia on antitrust and competition, compliance, intellectual property, international trade, export controls, foreign investment and data privacy matters.
Trademark and Copyright
Dechert offers expertise on trademark and copyright matters that is truly international. In fact, Dechert was a pioneer in providing seamless, one-stop service to clients in need of a global perspective on intellectual property. Our seasoned professionals have advised trademark and copyright owners on U.S., EU and multinational matters, and negotiating transactions that enhance IP value, for decades.
We have substantial experience counseling technology clients that rely on copyrightable works as their stock-in-trade and representing buyers and sellers in complex licensing and acquisition matters. Our lawyers assist clients with registering copyright, expediting applications, document recordation and conducting searches. They advise on all types of copyright issues, including ownership rights, copyright renewal and termination rights, assignment, acquisitions, sales, licensing and enforcement strategies, fair use, safe harbor protection, infringement, damages, portfolio management and the interplay of available IP protections.
Trade Secrets and Unfair Competition
Clients from highly competitive industries such as software and high technology rely on Dechert’s IP lawyers to handle trade secret, unfair competition and noncompete disputes.
We offer a full range of services, including trade secret portfolio protection and dispute avoidance; pre-litigation counseling; cooperation, communication and coordination with enforcement authorities; and prosecution and defense of trade secret misappropriation, improper disclosure and unfair competition claims. We advise on how to respond to government requests for disclosure of trade secrets and propriety information and help develop safeguards and strategies to protect confidential information against other forms of unwanted disclosure.
- Acer Inc.
- Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc.
- Board of Hewlett-Packard
- Comcast Corporation
- France Telecom
- Graphics Properties Holdings, Inc.
- High Point, S.A.R.L.
- Hitachi Limited
- ICG Group, Inc.
- InterActive Corp.
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
- Microsoft Corporation
- MModal Inc
- Monster Worldwide
- Mood Media Corporation
- PCCW Group
- Quest Diagnostics
- Siemens Industry
- Silvaco Data Systems
- Synopsys, Inc.
- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
- The Boeing Company
- Time-Warner Cable Inc.
- Universal Pictures Rus LLC
- Verdasys, Inc
- WebMD Corp.