Intellectual Property Transactions

With more than three decades of experience, Venable’s nationally recognized Intellectual Property Transactions attorneys have a deep understanding of commercial and transactional issues and offer domestic and international clients a broad range of sophisticated solutions and counsel for their business and technology matters. Our depth of business and intellectual property experience enables us to quickly draft and negotiate contracts and identify key business issues. Working closely with Venable’s Technology Transactions and Outsourcing Group, we formulate strategies that strengthen our clients’ business initiatives and mitigate legal risks.

Our clients span numerous industries and fields and include a range from well-known Fortune 500 companies to technology companies that have a specialized capability in key sectors. We also assist standard-setting bodies and a variety of tax-exempt entities, including many nonprofit organizations and trade associations. In addition, we work frequently in highly regulated environments and often with companies partnering or doing business with government agencies, offices, and institutes. Whether our clients are acquiring, developing, or adopting new technologies or intellectual property assets, or trying to commercialize or monetize those technologies and intellectual property assets, our team works closely with every client to achieve its goals.

Our Capabilities

Licensing and Distribution

Among our core strengths is our extensive experience with licensing, leveraging, and exploiting intellectual property and other intangible assets through development, distribution, reseller, cross-licensing, marketing, and branding arrangements. We regularly represent manufacturers as well as both licensors and licensees in seeking creative ways to exploit technology and intellectual property rights and maximize their sources of revenue. Our attorneys prepare, negotiate, and review a broad spectrum of agreements, from traditional patent, trademark, copyright, and software licenses to cutting-edge know-how, digital rights, content exploitation, and distribution, resale, and supply agreements for new or emerging technologies.

Corporate Partnering and Strategic Alliances

Complex partnering, collaboration, joint venture, and alliance arrangements involving intellectual property or intangible assets are a particular focus of the Intellectual Property Transactions Group. Our attorneys are well versed at drafting both traditional and more innovative agreements for companies wishing to collaborate with others, establish or work within standard-setting organizations, implement new technologies, or expand into new territories, industries, or distribution channels.

Technology Transfers

With the assistance of our Patent Group, we regularly represent and counsel universities and government agencies on converting scientific and technological advances into marketable goods and documenting such transactions. We work frequently within private-public initiatives and state sponsored projects.

Intellectual Protection and Trade Secret Management

We leverage our experience to provide valued strategic counseling in auditing and managing intangible assets and in structuring, evaluating, enforcing, and defending intellectual property and trade secret rights. We identify and protect data rights through a deep understanding of copyright and trade secret law. We also facilitate and assist with prosecution and maintenance of necessary copyright, patent, and trademark registrations.

Comprehensive IP Counseling for Your Business Needs

By working collaboratively with other practice groups at Venable, we bring together a deep understanding of our clients’ technology and intellectual property assets with a broad spectrum of knowledge on a number of matters that are governed by industry-specific laws and regulations.

Art and Entertainment

Our attorneys assist entertainers, publishers, authors, sports figures, and media companies in securing, exploiting, and defending rights to their work and their likeness and related transactions.


Should a client or one of their licensors or licensees become insolvent or declare bankruptcy, we leverage the experience of our bankruptcy colleagues to manage the bankruptcy process, review related settlements and agreements, and protect our clients’ intellectual property assets or license rights.

Business Transaction and Acquisition Support

Our attorneys conduct in-depth intellectual property due diligence, evaluate important intangible rights and assets, consider potential client liabilities, handle rights clearance issues, navigate post-deal integration issues, and prepare agreements to document intellectual property transfers. We leverage the experience of our tax and merger & acquisition colleagues to assist with wealth, revenue, sale, and acquisition events. Our team members can also identify, evaluate, and classify intellectual property and related licensing issues that are important to pending sales and other acquisitions or conveyances of technology assets and intellectual property rights.

Digital Rights

Our deep understanding of copyright and trade secret law allows our team members to provide a broad range of strategic counseling for the management and exploitation of digital rights. We regularly help our clients draft contracts involving rights to data, access to databases, and the processing of data, and provide related advice and counsel to clients in order to help them comply with evolving privacy and information security laws, regulations, and industry-set practices, particularly within the healthcare and financial services industries.

Dispute Resolution and Settlement

Leveraging Venable’s nationally ranked litigators and subject matter experts, we regularly assist with protecting and enforcing rights, resolving disputes, and crafting settlement arrangements involving intellectual property assets.

E-Commerce and the Internet

Since the dawn of the Internet age, our attorneys have provided valuable guidance on the ever-expanding breadth of intellectual property, data rights, and technology issues unique to conducting business online, such as implementing cloud computing arrangements, creating electronic agreements and valid e-signatures, handling cybersquatting, advertising defamation, and domain name disputes, and navigating laws across multiple jurisdictions.

Government Contracts and Government-Funded Research

We regularly assist clients with the unique legal nuances and complexities that arise when it comes to IP protection within the highly regulated government procurement environment, including counsel for research and development arrangements funded by federal or state government agencies or through public-private initiatives.

Marketing and Advertising

Our attorneys draft and negotiate marketing, strategic alliance, co-branding, referral, and sales agreements, including providing advice on data brokering and novel behavioral and intent-based advertising arrangements that fuel e-commerce.

Nonprofit and Trade Associations

Our attorneys work closely with numerous nonprofit organizations, helping them protect and leverage their intellectual property and technology assets while also being mindful of the unique tax exemption and other legal issues that nonprofits and trade associations face.


Our attorneys navigate the complex relationship between privacy and operations by providing legal and business solutions in areas such as electronic commerce, financial services, homeland security and government surveillance, telemarketing, and medical privacy.

Tax Advice

For clients of all types and sizes, we provide tax advice and counseling on all aspects of intellectual property transactions. Our tax attorneys have extensive experience in complex business transactions and we call upon them at every step of the deal.

Practice Focus

  • Copyrights
  • Domain names
  • ITC
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Opinions
  • Patents
  • Trade secrets
  • Trademarks / trade dress
  • Unfair competition

Client Focus

  • Consumer products and services
  • Drugs, medical devices, and biologics
  • Dietary supplements, cosmetics, and functional foods
  • Education
  • Emerging companies
  • Financial services
  • Government contractors
  • Life sciences
  • New media, media, and entertainment
  • Nonprofit organizations and associations
  • Research institutions
  • Toys and games

Science and Technical Degrees

  • Applied molecular biology
  • Astronomy-physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological sciences
  • Chemical engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer engineering
  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Management information
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Molecular parasitology
  • Natural science
  • Organic chemistry
  • Physics


  • Chambers USA, Technology & Outsourcing, District of Columbia, 2011 – 2022
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers
    • Law Firm of the Year, Technology Law, 2017, 2022
    • Best Law Firms, Technology Law (Tier 1), National, 2011 – 2020, 2022 - 2023
    • Best Law Firms, Technology Law (Tier 1), Washington, DC, 2011 – 2020, 2022 - 2023
  • Legal 500
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Outsourcing, 2011 – 2021
    • Media, Technology and Telecoms – Technology Transactions, 2016 – 2022
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Litigation, 2013 – 2021