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Technology

Over the past three decades, Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers have counseled numerous technology companies as they have matured into global industry leaders. The firm’s dedicated Technology team works closely with innovative technology companies as well as many of the most active venture funds, private equity firms, and investment banks fueling today’s innovations. V&E’s client base reflects the diversity of the technology industry, from emerging companies to established, proven leaders in nearly every segment of technology, including software, hardware, Internet, semiconductors, clean energy, digital media and entertainment, biotechnology, life sciences, medical devices, pharmaceutical, and telecommunications.

V&E regularly assists technology clients in the following areas:

  • Start-up and follow-on financings
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • Intellectual property portfolio management
  • Technology development, licensing, transfer, and outsourcing
  • Trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection
  • IPOs and equity offerings
  • SEC compliance matters
  • Corporate governance and board representation
  • Antitrust counseling
  • Government contracts
  • Exporting
  • Litigation

Focus on the Success of Our Clients

The technology industry is constantly changing but our overall goal remains constant — to build long-term, rewarding relationships by providing our technology clients with high-quality legal services. The Technology team includes senior lawyers who have invested valuable years of service working as general counsel for leading technology companies. This in-house experience provides a unique perspective regarding client needs and how to best deliver efficient, value-added services. And V&E’s depth and breadth of talent means the Technology team staffs matters with the right people and the right teams.

Transactions

  • Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, the Belgium-based investment holding company, in its acquisition of a majority stake in Webhelp, one of the world’s leading call centre operators headquartered in Paris; Deal values Webhelp at €2.4bn (enterprise value), making the acquisition both the largest LBO transaction in France in 2019 and the first for Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

  • DISCO, a legal technology company that applies artificial intelligence and cloud computing to legal problems, in its $83 million investment round led by Georgian Partners

  • MoneyGram in its strategic agreement with Ripple to utilize XRP, Ripple’s blockchain-based digital currency, in MoneyGram’s cross-border payments process; Transaction also involved a $50 million investment by Ripple in Moneygram’s common stock and warrants

  • Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures in its lead investment in the $24 million investment round of Seeq Corporation, a leader in manufacturing and industrial internet of things (IIoT) advanced analytics software

  • ForeFlight, a leading provider of innovative mobile and web-based aviation applications, in the company’s acquisition by Boeing

  • SailPoint Technologies Holdings, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise identity governance solutions, in its $276 million initial public offering of common stock

  • Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in its $505 million public offering of common stock

Litigation

  • (N.D. Cal.) — Represented one of the world’s leading flash memory manufacturers against patent infringement claims involving twelve patents relating to flash memory chips, memory systems, semiconductor processes, and chip packaging patents; after a favorable ruling on the issue of patent exhaustion, all claims were dismissed; defended client’s victory in federal circuit appeal

  • (N.D. Tex.) — Represented a wireless communications provider with its own wireless network in a trademark dilution, trademark infringement, and DMCA exemption case; prevailed in rulings on motion for summary judgment that led to favorable settlement

  • (D. Utah) — As patent counsel for the plaintiff, a leading manufacturer of electronic lighting control systems, obtained a substantial settlement less than two weeks before trial, following the Court’s rulings on numerous summary judgment and evidentiary motions, as well as a sanctions order against the defendant-competitor (monetary damages)

  • (S.D.N.Y.); (Fed. Cir.) — Obtained a complete affirmance of the dismissal of all claims against a leading consumer electronics and digital media provider before the Federal Circuit; claims included fraud, breach of contract, patent infringement, and trademark infringement

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