Intellectual Property Due Diligence

Anytime a company considers investing in or licensing rights from a target company, it is imperative that the investor/licensee have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of any intellectual property (IP) involved or any IP threats the target company may face.  Legal counsel is required by the investing/licensing party to evaluate these strengths, weaknesses and/or threats, and by the target company to present its IP situation in a favorable light. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie's attorneys are ideally suited to fulfill either of these roles for their clients. 

When representing the investing (e.g., purchasing) or licensing party, our attorneys understand the myriad legal issues that can arise because they have represented clients on both sides of many such transactions.  They are also keenly aware that the process cannot take so long that the transaction fails due to delay.  A successful IP due diligence effort in support of a substantial investment begins with a questionnaire for the target company that touches all forms of IP and requires effective follow-up to assure that the required information is provided. 

When representing a target company, i.e., a company in whom an investment is being made, we understand due to their extensive experience how to present the facts in a light most favorable to their client.  As a result, they are often able to explain the facts in a way that reassures the investing party’s attorneys when an apparent irregularity is raised. 

A few examples of IP due diligence efforts handled by our attorneys are:

  • Acquisition of the world’s largest photovoltaic manufacturer by an international technology conglomerate.  We represented the acquired party leading to a successful acquisition.
  • Potential investment by a firm client in an early stage company having over 50 patents in far-reaching technologies.  Due diligence performed by our attorneys uncovered irregularities in ownership of certain legacy IP that caused client to pull out of deal with all due diligence expenses paid under contract by the company in whom investment was being considered.
  • Acquisition of major oil tool manufacturer by a competitor.  Our attorneys represented the acquired party leading to a successful acquisition.
  • License transaction where licensor was subjected to full IP due diligence including analysis of extensive freedom-to-operate searches.  We represented the licensor and succeeded in satisfying the licensee.
  • Investment and know-how transaction in which a client of ours conducted due diligence on behalf of licensor, leading to a successful acquisition.
  • Acquisition of five related companies by a European electrical equipment supplier.  Our attorneys represented the acquired parties leading to a successful acquisition.

Intellectual Property

Emily A. Bayton
Emily A. Bayton
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Denver, Phoenix
ebayton@​lrrc.com
303.628.9568 / vCard
Art Hasan
Art Hasan
Practice Group Leader, Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
ahasan@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Oliver S. Bajracharya
Oliver S. Bajracharya
Partner
Los Angeles
obajracharya@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Flavia Campbell
Flavia Campbell
Partner
Phoenix
fcampbell@​lrrc.com
602.262.0244 / vCard
Josephine E. Chang
Josephine E. Chang
Partner
Los Angeles
jchang@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Joshua T. Chu
Joshua T. Chu
Partner
Los Angeles, Irvine
jchu@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Thomas J. Daly
Thomas J. Daly
Partner
Los Angeles
tdaly@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
David A. Dillard
David A. Dillard
Partner
Los Angeles
ddillard@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Robert A. Green
Robert A. Green
Partner
Los Angeles, Irvine
rgreen@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Peter C. Hsueh
Peter C. Hsueh
Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
phsueh@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Jun-Young E. Jeon
Jun-Young E. Jeon
Partner
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
jjeon@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Gregory S. Lampert
Gregory S. Lampert
Partner
Los Angeles
glampert@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Michael J. MacDermott
Michael J. MacDermott
Partner
Los Angeles
mmacdermott@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Constantine "Gus" Marantidis
Partner
Los Angeles
cmarantidis@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Jason C. Martone
Jason C. Martone
Partner
Los Angeles, Irvine
jmartone@​lrrc.com
949.476.0757 / vCard
Michael J. McCue
Michael J. McCue
Partner
Las Vegas, Silicon Valley
mmccue@​lrrc.com
702.949.8224 / vCard
Gary J. Nelson
Gary J. Nelson
Partner
Los Angeles
gnelson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Shane E. Olafson
Shane E. Olafson
Partner
Phoenix
solafson@​lrrc.com
602.262.5327 / vCard
David A. Plumley
David A. Plumley
Partner
Los Angeles
dplumley@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Raymond R. Tabandeh
Raymond R. Tabandeh
Partner
Los Angeles
rtabandeh@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Anne Wang
Anne Wang
Partner
Los Angeles
awang@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Anne Aikman-Scalese
Anne Aikman-Scalese
Of Counsel
Tucson
aaikman@​lrrc.com
520.629.4428 / vCard
John Carson
John Carson
Of Counsel
Los Angeles
jcarson@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Takashi Hashimoto
Takashi Hashimoto
Of Counsel
Los Angeles, Silicon Valley
thashimoto@​lrrc.com
650.687.8441 / vCard
Nathaniel W. Edwards
Nathaniel W. Edwards
Counsel
Phoenix, Colorado Springs
nedwards@​lrrc.com
602.262.5367 / vCard
Justin O. Ehresmann, Ph.D.
Justin O. Ehresmann, Ph.D.
Senior Associate
Los Angeles
jehresmann@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Ryan M. Swank
Ryan M. Swank
Senior Associate
Silicon Valley
rswank@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Michael J. Curry
Michael J. Curry
Associate
Los Angeles
mcurry@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Zachary T. Gordon
Zachary T. Gordon
Associate
Las Vegas
zgordon@​lrrc.com
702.474.2688 / vCard
Kyle W. Kellar
Kyle W. Kellar
Associate
Silicon Valley
kkellar@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Jimmy Y. Kwun
Jimmy Y. Kwun
Associate
Los Angeles
jkwun@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Katherine L. Quigley
Katherine L. Quigley
Associate
Los Angeles
kquigley@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Martin W. Regehr, Ph.D.
Martin W. Regehr, Ph.D.
Associate
Los Angeles
mregehr@​lrrc.com
626.795.9900 / vCard
Kyle N. Siegal
Kyle N. Siegal
Associate
Phoenix, Silicon Valley
ksiegal@​lrrc.com
602.262.0809 / vCard

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Emily A. Bayton
Emily A. Bayton
Practice Group Leader, Partner
303.628.9568
Art Hasan
Art Hasan
Practice Group Leader, Partner
626.795.9900