Intellectual Property

IP Transactions

We help clients get the best results from all major transactions involving valuable IP assets. Our Intellectual Property Group combines legal experience, advanced technical training and in-depth knowledge of how deals are made, which makes us a critical asset to our clients at every stage of development in a new venture. Nearly all our IP attorneys worked as technologists or technology managers prior to their legal careers and this practical, commercial outlook is invaluable in identifying and resolving issues as they arise.

Our team understands that there are many moving parts in almost any kind of transaction, and we focus our efforts on keeping the process streamlined and getting our clients the maximum value from all IP assets involved. We have helped clients across sectors with the full range of transactions including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Licensing, development and sale of IP assets
  • Technology-based agreements
  • OEM and distribution agreements
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • IP due diligence
  • Infringement and validity studies
  • IP audits
  • Security interests
  • Government contract provisions
  • University-industry relationships

Diverse transaction experience

Our attorneys regularly help clients with a wide range of intellectual property matters, from negotiating and preparing well-tailored agreements, to conducting due diligence investigations on behalf of investors, underwriters and corporate clients, to establishing strategic policies and procedures, to navigating the complexities of patent rights, data rights, and institute-developed technology. We provide clients with the critical intelligence they need to make important business decisions, and always offer a thorough review and a new perspective to help advance their interests and goals.

Firm Highlights

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...