Katten’s Intellectual Property Licensing attorneys advise businesses, talent and organizations seeking to exploit their intellectual property assets through licensing, joint venture, manufacturing and technology agreements. We represent fashion houses, luxury brands, designers, sporting goods companies, multiple tier and specialty retailers, industry groups, media and entertainment companies (including television networks, film studios and publishing companies), beauty and cosmetics companies, fitness studio chains, software developers and financial institutions, among others.
We help clients realize the maximum potential of their intellectual property assets globally. Our licensing teams, which extend across several practice disciplines, prepare, structure and negotiate trademark license agreements, technology development agreements, patent/technology licenses, co-branding and web linking agreements, complex software development and licensing agreements, web hosting service agreements, website design agreements and brand extension licensing agreements. We are creative in developing hybrid (non-standard) contractual arrangements.
Our attorneys work with clients to audit their global intellectual property assets and ensure that these assets are correctly safeguarded, enforceable and suitable for use by authorized third parties. We prepare strategies to support licensing agreements and make sure they comport with applicable laws in foreign jurisdictions. We also administer licenses on an ongoing basis through a customized docket system to remind clients of critical deadlines (such as payment, renewal and budget planning dates). To help clients avoid potential infringement and future enforcement issues, we evaluate licenses for troublesome provisions that may affect the value of the business or property rights in question.
From the creation of a new concept to the preparation, negotiation, completion and administration of licenses, Katten assists clients in addressing the full panoply of intellectual property licensing issues.