Intellectual Property & Software Licensing

We craft collaborative and innovative IP, software, and technology licensing and distribution agreements, drawing on a sophisticated understanding of the commercial, technical, and regulatory dynamics at play in such transactions.

Latham helps organizations develop, commercialize, protect, license, share, and exploit technology and IP assets across industries and jurisdictions. Our technology transactions team understands the value and function of IP rights for technology companies, which helps us protect core assets, and navigate complex and cross-border licensing arrangements with relevant stakeholders, such as universities, founders, contractors, consultants, manufacturers, distributors, and other technology companies.

The team’s licensing experience spans key industries, from software and semiconductors to artificial intelligence, e-commerce, and fintech. We also routinely help media content owners and distributors establish successful partnerships that license brands effectively, protect future use and value of IP, achieve coverage in new geographic markets, and enable distribution on the latest platforms. Drawing on our academic licensing experience, including advising companies incubated in a university or research center, we also regularly advise research institutions and government entities on strategy and outbound licensing.

Latham data privacy practitioners support clients in creating licensing agreements that effectively mitigate data privacy and security risk, ensuring contractual arrangements address the compliant export, access, and use of data. When IP disputes arise, we call on Latham’s top-tier litigators and trial lawyers to handle cases involving all types of IP claims anywhere in the world, including in combination with related claims of antitrust, contract disputes, unfair business practices, and other causes of action.