Sullivan & Cromwell’s (S&C) IP and technology group has an extensive range of IP and technology knowledge to assist clients around the world in addressing IP issues. Lawyers in the IP group are recognised as leading practitioners by prominent legal media, including The American Lawyer, the IAM Patent 1000, Newsweek, The Financial Times, Chambers, Lawdragon and New York Super Lawyers.
Recognised for the breadth of its skills and impressive track record, S&C’s IP and technology group is retained year after year as counsel to leading companies worldwide in many of their most significant and complex IP matters. Clients have included Alibaba Group Holding, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch, The Clearing House Association, Columbia University, Dolby Laboratories, Eisai Pharmaceuticals, France Telecom, Intel Corporation, Interdigital, IPXI, j2 Global Communications, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, MPEG LA, Novo Nordisk, NXP Semiconductors, Omnicom Group, Panasonic, Philips Electronics, The Priceline Group, Skye Global, Sony, Technicolor (f/k/a Thomson), Tudor Investment and VeriFone.
The firm’s transactional representations regularly include clients that own, are acquiring or are licensing intellectual property. The firm frequently drafts and advises on IP licences, options for monetising intellectual property and other matters in which IP analysis plays a central role. The firm’s dedicated IP lawyers have extensive experience in structuring and negotiating IP deals, including development, joint venture, manufacturing, supply, commercialisation, outsourcing and other transactions where intellectual property and technology are critical.
In the litigation sphere, the IP and technology group has represented clients in many multi-plaintiff and multi-defendant matters, and has successfully tried and defended those results in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Supreme Court. S&C’s lawyers have an outstanding record of success, including early disposal of infringement allegations (some of which have involved non-standardised technologies) brought against clients to summary judgment, trials and appeals. The firm also represents clients on numerous issues in which IP and antitrust/competition laws intersect, including on regulatory investigations and the litigation and regulatory landscape for standard-essential patents and those encumbered by fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory commitments. The firm has played a leading role in forming virtually all of the world’s most successful patent pools and has successfully represented pool IP owners in more than two dozen litigations involving IP and antitrust law. For example, the firm was counsel in multiple infringement cases representing the owners of MPEG2, advanced television systems committee, advanced audio coding and other technologies.
S&C’s lawyers are proficient in a number of technical fields and have handled matters in biotech, video and audio compression, virtual private networks and other network technologies, routers, pharmaceuticals, integrated circuits, consumer electronics, home devices such as vacuum cleaners and bladeless fans, methods of banking (including financial transactions) and many other areas. The practice extends to patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and other IP rights, as well as issues relating to e-commerce, open source software and rights of publicity and privacy. The IP and technology group has been heavily involved in the development and regulation of financial markets and exchanges, and in IP-related litigation stemming from these areas.
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