Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

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 Best Lawyers in America, Chambers, Forbes, The Financial Times, the IAM Patent 1000, Newsweek, Lawdragon, New York Super Lawyers and Northern California 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 Alcatel-Lucent, Alibaba, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Bayer, Cablevision, The Clearing House Association, Columbia University, CVS Health, Dolby Laboratories, Eastman Kodak, Intel, Intercontinental Exchange, IPXI, j2 Global Communications, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Via Licensing, Novo Nordisk, NXP Semiconductors, the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Panasonic, Pharmasset, Philips Electronics, The Priceline Group, Silver Lake Partners, Skype, Sony, Stemcentrx, Stryker Corporation, Technicolor (f/k/a Thomson), Teliasonera, Teva Pharmaceuticals and VeriFone.

The firm’s transactional representations regularly include clients that own, are acquiring or are licensing patents and other intellectual property. In particular, the IP and technology group has deep experience in patent transactions and all areas of patent licensing (eg, standalone cross-licensing, patent licensing in the context of joint ventures, spin-offs, M&A, divestitures and financings) and understands the distinctions on licensing in these different contexts. The firm’s dedicated IP lawyers have extensive experience in structuring, drafting and negotiating IP-intensive transactions, including in the context of licensing, development, joint venture, manufacturing, supply, commercialisation, outsourcing, settlement, monetisation, divestitures and other corporate transactions in which 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. The firm has prevailed in multiple trials before arbitrators, administrative agencies, judges and juries, and has successfully 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, from early disposal of infringement allegations to winning 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 in multiple jurisdictions 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, video compression and other technologies.

S&C’s lawyers are proficient in a number of technical fields and have handled matters in life sciences, biotech, video and audio and video 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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125 Broad Street
30th Floor
New York NY 10004
United States

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