Intellectual Property

Davis Polk's Intellectual Property Group regularly addresses the IP issues that matter most to our clients. We do so with sensitivity to our clients' objectives and with a sophisticated understanding of the contexts in which these issues may arise, whether among rivals in the marketplace, during a fast-paced transaction or before a jury in a courtroom.

Our IP lawyers can call on industry experience and scientific training to counsel clients regarding IP strategy, analyze and evaluate patent claims, execute IP-focused transactions, and address the range of IP issues that arise in our client's most important and complex business deals.

Our litigators combine high-level trial skills with deep experience in patent law and other areas of intellectual property.

Awards and Rankings

  • Two Davis Polk lawyers are recognized as “National Litigation Stars” for Intellectual Property – Benchmark Litigation 2012

  • Ranked nationally among U.S. law firms – Legal 500 U.S.: Davis Polk’s “[v]ery talented [IP] trial attorneys bring the highest quality and best representation one can obtain to the table.”

  • “There are few cases that I can just put on autopilot and be confident that they’re going to be handled appropriately, but I can do that with [Davis Polk's IP partners].” – Benchmark Litigation 2012

Notable Matters

  • We have represented Comcast Corporation in the corporate, intellectual property and antitrust aspects of its agreement with General Electric to form the NBCUniversal joint venture.

  • We have advised ARM Holdings on its leading participation in a consortium of major technology companies affiliated with Allied Security Trust to obtain rights to MIPS Technologies’ patent portfolio, which includes 580 patents covering microprocessor design, system-on-chip design and other related technology fields.

  • We represented Cosan S.A. Indústria e Comércio in its $12 billion joint venture with Shell International Petroleum Company Limited in Brazil for the production of ethanol, sugar and power, and the supply, distribution and retail of transportation fuels.

  • We advised Symantec Corporation on its acquisition of the authentication and identity security business of VeriSign Inc. for $1.28 billion in cash by way of an asset purchase agreement. The acquisition includes the licensing of the VeriSign trademark and domain name to Symantec.

  • We have advised Comcast on various copyright matters with respect to the deployment of new content and distribution technologies.

  • We have advised Golf Channel, NBC Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet, G4 and E!, among others, in connection with various programming and content distribution matters.

  • We advised Comcast Corporation on its minority investment in Houston Regional Sports Network, L.P. and its general partner, including the negotiating of media rights license agreements, on behalf of the network, with the Houston Astros and Houston Rockets.

  • We advised Warner Chilcott with LEO Pharma’s re-acquiring of Warner Chilcott’s exclusive product licensing rights in the U.S. to its topical psoriasis treatments, as well as rights to all products in LEO Pharma’s development pipeline, and acquiring all inventories of the products for a one-time cash payment of $1 billion.
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  • We advised Intermec on resolving its dispute with Symbol Technologies involving patent portfolios directed to wireless (WiFi) and RFID technologies and standards.

  • We advised Comcast on its negotiation of patent, software and data licenses, and certain ancillary arrangements, with Rovi Corporation (formerly Gemstar-TV Guide International) relating to interactive program guide technology.

  • We advised Sony Corporation on the enforcement of various Sony patents relating to its consumer electronics technology.

  • We advised Warner Chilcott on its agreement to terminate its existing co-promotion agreement with Novartis and purchase the U.S. rights to Enablex from Novartis for $400 million in cash.

  • We advised Comcast on its negotiation of a patent portfolio cross-license with Verizon.

  • We advised Comcast on its acquisition of a license to Gemstar’s patent portfolio, in connection with a $250 million investment in a joint venture for the development of next-generation IPG technology.

  • We advised Form Factor on its patent enforcement strategy against infringing global competitors.

  • We advised Bertelsmann on the sale of its 50% interest in the world’s second-largest record label, SonyBMG, to Sony and Bertelsmann’s acquisition of selected European music catalog assets from SonyBMG.

  • We advised Novo Nordisk on various technology transactions, including its acquisition of certain intellectual property rights from Neose Technologies relating to the discovery, research, development and commercialization of compounds and products for use in the prevention or treatment of acquired or hereditary hemorrhagic disorders and the restructuring of its relationships with certain of its research and development partners, following its decision to exit the oncology area.

  • We advised Harvard University on its agreement with Google allowing Google to digitally index certain book collections of Harvard’s library and make them full-text searchable via free online access.

  • We advised Syngenta in connection with various technology transactions, including its crop technology exchange agreement with DuPont relating to certain insect control products and its collaboration with Diversa to establish a shared biotechnology research platform for new plant science applications in various areas, including in the biofuel field.
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