Mind + Muscle

technical minds + legal muscle




Licensing involves the strategic transfer of rights in proprietary technologies.  The long-term viability of virtually every technology company is determined largely by how effectively it protects and leverages its intellectual property.  A thorough understanding of both the particular technology at issue in a transaction and the legal framework governing the transfer of rights in that technology is critical to a successful deal.

At Sterne Kessler, we understand this.  One of the things that differentiates us is the scientific knowledge held by our IP professionals.  The majority have advanced technical degrees and industry experience.  Additionally, we understand your technologies and business strategies as well as the competitive environment in which you operate.  We are well-versed in both intellectual property law and transactional law, which is the language of technology transfer agreements.  We are adept at working to develop strategies for exploiting technologies and for navigating the myriad legal and technological issues that arise in drafting and negotiating agreements involving technology transfer.  And, several members of our team have earned the Certified Licensing Professional accreditation.

Our Philosophy

We believe that your business goals and strategies should guide the structure and negotiation of technology related agreements.  We operate on the premise that agreements should meet your business objectives in a manner that protects your legal, intellectual and tangible property rights, and that agreements should be negotiated in a manner that facilitates the long term success of the resulting relationships.

The members of our licensing team are committed to working closely with your business, legal and scientific personnel to develop contractual relationships that will advance your business objectives through agreements intended to govern alliances instead of adversarial relationships. 

Our Experience

We have experience in drafting and negotiating all types of technology and tangible asset transfer agreements.  This experience, informed by our expertise in a variety of technologies and intellectual property law, provides us with the unique combination of skills necessary to achieve your technology-based business objectives. 

Representative technology transfer agreements handled by our team include:

Technology and IP Development

  • Conditional Transfers of IP Rights
  • Consulting/Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Cooperative Research & Development Agreements
  • Feasibility Study Agreements
  • License Option Agreements
  • Lien & Security Interest Agreements
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Noncompete Agreements
  • Nondisclosure & Confidentiality Agreements
  • Outsourcing Agreements
  • Patent Pool Agreements
  • Research and Development Agreements
  • Shrink-Wrap & Click-Wrap Licenses
  • Software & Other End User IP Licenses
  • Software Development Agreements
  • Sponsored Research Agreements
  • Technology Service Agreements
  • Testing Service Agreements

Industry Licensing and Technology Transfers

  • IP Asset Purchase Agreements
  • IP License Agreements

Industry Relationship Agreements

  • Joint Defense Agreements
  • Joint Development Agreements
  • Joint Marketing Agreements
  • Joint Venture Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Settlement Agreements (Litigation and Interference)


  • ASP Agreements
  • Co-Location Agreements
  • Internet Service Reseller Agreements
  • Web Hosting Agreements
  • Web Site Development Agreements
  • Web Site Linking Agreements

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