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Miller Canfield has heavily invested in the critical competencies necessary to provide clients exceptional service for all issues related to information technology, the Internet,  social media, technology transfer and licensing, creating a cross-disciplinary team focused on legal issues and business strategies specific to technology-enhanced businesses, licenses and service providers.

The firm's lawyers specializing in technology transfer and licensing work closely with our clients to align their technology transactions with their business goals. While technology licenses and agreements offer clients the ability to monetize intellectual property assets, it is also important to structure such transactions so as to protect the client’s intellectual property rights. Accordingly, our team works closely with clients to support their commercial objectives, by helping to plan, manage, negotiate, draft, and close investments, licenses, joint product development and R&D, and collaborations involving various products, technology, and intellectual property rights. 

Technology is so prevalent and integral to businesses that all businesses have some issues involving IT, the internet or social media in the workplace. We’ve helped clients, including commercial, defense, financial, manufacturing, telecommunications, education, government, organizations and professional services companies, with several types of these issues, including:

  • Transactions and contracts, including back-end technology contracts
  • Network and Internet policies
  • Web site terms of use
  • Web site auditing
  • E-commerce agreements and issues
  • Outsourcing and application service provider agreements
  • Dispute resolution, both traditional litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Intellectual property protection, including patent filing, monitoring and protection
  • Joint development contracts
  • Partnering agreements
  • Licensing agreements
  • Technology transfer and licensing in defense industry offset arrangements
  • OEM and distribution agreements for software and other proprietary products and related services
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Export controls
  • Employment counseling, including litigation
  • Social media use policies
  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and other issues related to employee-supplied smartphones
  • Immigration
  • Drafting and negotiation of customer and developer agreements to facilitate development, implementation, licensure and maintenance of software technology.
  • Drafting of software license agreements