Technology is no longer a novelty or a luxury, but an essential part of our businesses, industries and society.
Our multidisciplinary legal team understands the nature of this challenging field and can help businesses keep pace with the rapid changes.
One of our strengths is the diversity of the experience we bring to organizing and financing a wide range of science and knowledge-based businesses, with intellectual property protection as a main component of our work. We work with hardware and software developers, manufacturers, distributors, and e-commerce service providers. They range from early stage innovative technologies to well-established companies marketing and distributing their products and services throughout the world. We also act for large public and private entities seeking to procure technology.
Farris assists clients in the structuring, drafting, negotiation, and due diligence for a broad spectrum of complex technology-related transactions, including those involving technology transfers and licensing, acquisitions and sales, collaborations, strategic alliances and joint ventures, financings, outsourcing, research and development, original equipment manufacturing agreements, marketing, distribution and value-added reseller agreements, and procurement and project implementation.
We also assist in the preparation of agreements required for day-to-day operations, including confidentiality agreements, assignment of inventions, service agreements, consulting agreements, end user licence agreements, evaluation agreements, hosting agreements, and maintenance and support agreements.
Clean Energy Technology
Global challenges in the area of climate change have given rise to a wave of innovations and opportunities in alternative energy and related sectors. Our clients are developing a variety of products and services aimed at reducing environmental impact and using resources more efficiently, including solar power, wind and tidal energy, energy efficiency software, and low greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting materials.
Our lawyers leverage the expertise of a multidisciplinary legal team to assist our clients in navigating this fast-paced and challenging field. At the heart is the protection of our clients’ intellectual property through collaboration and licensing agreements. A company’s growth may be facilitated through angel and venture capital equity issuances, initial public offerings, debt instruments, or mergers and acquisitions.
As with any infrastructure project, alternative energies are subject to administrative and environmental regulations. Our lawyers can advise on compliance and assist in obtaining the appropriate permits, as well as provide representation during reviews and assessments.
FinTech is driving rapid change in the financial services sector. The emergence of online payment platforms, peer-to-peer lending, digital currencies, and other blockchain-based platforms is disrupting the speed and security of financial services. This innovation poses both opportunities and challenges for established financial institutions and FinTech entrepreneurs alike.
We advise our clients on a variety of matters in the FinTech space including joint ventures, acquisitions, licensing agreements, tax structuring, data privacy and consumer protection, as well as banking, securities regulatory compliance and litigation involving FinTech.