Knobbe/Martens: Intellectual Property Law

Due Diligence

Our due diligence expertise, which includes clearance investigations, spans virtually all industries—combining deep technical knowledge and proven litigation experience. Our team can quickly provide a comprehensive overview of all applicable IP assets and their pertinence to a wide variety of strategic issues, including determining the scope of protection and potential value of an IP portfolio acquisition, helping to avoid infringement issues with planned product and brand development, determining applicability of a client’s portfolio to products of one or more other companies, and identifying those assets that may be best licensed.

In addition, we assist in determining which client IP assets can be asserted against litigation targets, and competitive assets that in turn may be used against our clients. We also identify existing IP assets that may impede or improve a client’s ability to enter markets or introduce new technologies or products, and manage all aspects of IP as they relate to obtaining financing or preparing for an initial or secondary public offering.

When our clients express an interest in acquiring another company, we immediately and thoroughly identify IP risks which could result in undue exposure, such as potential copyright claims for unauthorized use or modification of software by the target company, verifying proper IP assignation, potential claims of misappropriation of employee IP by target company, and risks related to the use of open source code.

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