Sterne Kessler helps clients to structure licensing agreements that advance business objectives, establish enduring relationships, and capture the value in IP.

Sterne Kessler believes that licensing agreements serve business objectives. Good licenses protect legal, intellectual and tangible property rights and facilitate successful relationships. Our licensing team works closely with clients' business, legal and scientific professionals to develop contractual relationships that advance business objectives that strengthen alliances rather than creating adversarial relationships.

Our licensing teams combine deep technical knowledge, unparalleled experience with intellectual property law and a strong grounding in transactional law (the language of technology transfer agreements). We are adept at developing strategies to exploit technologies and to navigate the myriad legal and technological issues that arise in drafting and negotiating agreements involving technology transfer. In addition, several Sterne Kessler directors have earned Certified Licensing Professional accreditation.

Sterne Kessler has experience drafting and negotiating all types of technology and tangible asset transfer agreements. Representative examples of that experience include:

Technology & IP Development

  • Conditional transfers of IP rights
  • Consulting/independent contractor agreements
  • Cooperative research and development agreements
  • Feasibility study agreements
  • License option agreements
  • Lien and security interest agreements
  • Material transfer agreements
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements
  • Outsourcing agreements
  • Patent pool agreements
  • Research and development agreements
  • Shrink-wrap and click-wrap licenses
  • Software and other end-user IP licenses
  • Software development agreements
  • Sponsored research agreements
  • Technology service agreements
  • Testing service agreements

Industry Licensing & Technology Transfers

  • IP asset purchase agreements
  • IP license agreements

Industry Relationship Agreements

  • Joint defense agreements
  • Joint development agreements
  • Joint marketing agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Manufacturing agreements
  • Settlement agreements (litigation and interference)

Internet-Related Agreements

  • ASP agreements
  • Co-location agreements
  • Internet service reseller agreements
  • Web hosting agreements
  • Website development agreements
  • Website linking agreements

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