Technology, Media & Telecommunications

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Ropes & Gray’s technology, media & telecommunications practice provides companies and investors in these sectors with sophisticated counsel to achieve their business goals.

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Rankings

  • U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017 – Ranked in the top tier nationally and in New York for information technology law; ranked in the top tier nationally and in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston for patent law, and ranked in the second tier in Silicon Valley.
  • U. S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2017 – Named “Firm of the Year” for patent law.
  • Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 – Recognized among China’s foreign firms as having leading intellectual property and private equity/venture capital transactions practices, with multiple attorneys recommended as leaders in the field.
  • Chambers USA 2017 – Nationally ranked as a leading intellectual property practice, with multiple attorneys ranked as leaders in the field.
  • Best Lawyers in America 2017 – One lawyer ranked as a leader for information technology law and recognized for specializations including commercial, e-commerce, hardware, intellectual property, Internet, licensing, outsourcing, software, technology and transactions.
  • Legal 500 US 2017 – Ranked as a top-tier firm nationally for media, technology & telecoms: cyber law (including data protection and privacy) and data protection and data breach response; and technology: transactions.

Overview

At Ropes & Gray, we have a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) companies. We also have a long history of successfully representing clients in these sectors.

Our TMT practice is made up of regulatory, transactional, litigation and IP attorneys, many of whom hold advanced degrees in engineering and other related fields. Together, our TMT attorneys deliver creative, practical legal advice to clients across a wide range of industries, including:

  • Companies that invent, develop, manufacture, service or sell technology goods and services
  • Companies that consume TMT-based goods and services
  • The investors and lenders who buy, sell and finance these organizations

Comprehensive Capabilities

We work with our technology, media and telecommunications clients throughout all phases of the business life cycle, including initial research and development, business capitalization, industrial expansion, rights prosecution and litigation, antitrust and marketing compliance, private and public offerings, financings, and mergers and acquisitions.

Our attorneys also serve clients who are not focused exclusively on technology, to help them achieve technology-related goals. We counsel on how to manage and protect intellectual property, evaluate third-party rights, outsource, form technology alliances and collaborations, acquire administrative and manufacturing infrastructure, and license technology.

In addition, we work closely with private equity investors focused on technology industries in mergers and acquisitions, minority investments and other matters.

Experience

We work with our technology, media and telecommunications clients throughout all phases of the business life cycle, including initial research and development, business capitalization, industrial expansion, rights prosecution and litigation, antitrust and marketing compliance, private and public offerings, financings, and mergers and acquisitions. Our work for clients includes:

Formation & Development

  • Forming companies, including establishing founders’ arrangements, initial capital structure and advisory boards 
  • Developing an IP portfolio, including pursuing complementary patents and trademarks 

Strategic Relationships & Monetization

  • Acquiring, merging and investing in technology businesses and business units 
  • Entering into commercial arrangements, joint development agreements and other strategic relationships 
  • Completing initial public offerings and follow-on offerings 
  • Representing private equity investors focused on technology industries in mergers & acquisitions, minority investments and other matters
  • Managing tax and finance for high technology ventures, including structured financings

Litigation & Compliance 

  • Representing and defending technology companies in litigation (including IP litigation), administrative proceedings and government investigations
  • Representing technology manufacturers in environmental compliance matters 
  • Representing technology-based systems and quantitative trading organizations in technology management and regulatory compliance 
  • Representing technology organizations in antitrust investigation, litigation and compliance, and in managing participation in standards bodies
  • Representing technology companies in labor, employment and executive compensation matters
  • Defending clients against claims by so-called patent trolls that aggressively enforce patents through litigation even when they may not be using the patented technology

Clients

Our representative clients include:

  • Altice
  • Blackberry Limited
  • BlueSnap Inc.
  • Butler Shine & Stern
  • Catalina Marketing Corporation
  • EMC Corporation
  • Eversource Energy
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • Heartland Payment Systems
  • Hitachi-LG Data Storage
  • Infront Sports & Media
  • IQE KC LLC
  • Kakao Corp
  • LG Electronics
  • Liberty Global
  • Linear Technology Corporation
  • LINE Corporation
  • LoJack Corporation
  • MACOM Technology Solutions
  • NEC Corporation
  • NetEase Inc.
  • Netmarble Games Corporation
  • Nexant Inc.
  • Raytheon BBN Technologies
  • Samsung Electronics
  • Security First Corp.
  • Semtech Corporation
  • SkillSoft Corporation
  • TiVo Corporation
  • TJX Companies
  • TravelCLICK
  • Volta Industries LLC