Milbank Sets the Pace.
In the rapidly advancing areas of high technology, our attorneys outpace the competition. Milbank is recognized for our exceptional expertise and deep industry knowledge in a wide variety of high technology industries, including computers, electronics, semiconductors, aerospace, telecommunications, software, infrastructure and interfaces. We provide specialized legal assistance to clients in these industries across all of the firm’s practice areas, including Corporate and Finance, Intellectual Property and Litigation, and Antitrust, Industry Regulation and Policy Developments, working as a single group by collaboratively focusing our respective areas of expertise on the sector.
Milbank’s lawyers in this area have been consistently recognized as leading practitioners by numerous publications, including Chambers, Euromoney’s Guide to World’s Leading Experts, Intellectual Asset Management, Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide, Super Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.
Our clients include many of the largest global companies active in the sector.
Corporate and Commercial
We are widely recognized as one of the world's leading corporate and commercial practices in this sector. We advise clients on technology acquisitions, equity investment and strategic alliances across the globe and on the financing of many of these arrangements. We also advise on the full range of commercial projects on a global basis: IPR licensing; software development and licensing arrangements; product development and exploitation; cross-licensing; infrastructure projects; provision of network services; IT, telecommunications and business process outsourcing; and marketing and distribution arrangements.
We have a strong track record of developing innovative solutions and new business models for our clients in the technology sector to reduce complexity, deliver value and manage risk. We have developed unique expertise representing clients renegotiating, renewing and terminating commercial contracts and sourcing relationships. We have acted on some of the largest renegotiations and disputes in the sector and are often called by clients to review their existing arrangements and to assist in developing commercial and litigation strategies for replacing suppliers or renegotiating contracts with minimum disruption to our clients’ businesses.
Intellectual Property and Litigation
We are also one of the world's leading Intellectual Property practices in this sector. We regularly represent clients by providing comprehensive, litigation, prosecution, client counseling and licensing services, as well as corporate, commercial and financial transactions. Our expertise includes trial, appellate, and administrative representation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. We also provide behind the scenes pre-litigation counseling, infringement and validity opinions, dispute resolution strategies, and assistance in settlement negotiations.
The group’s attorneys have technical training and experience in a wide variety of fields, including electronics, semiconductors, aerospace, telecommunications, computer software, physics, and mechanical design and interface while the trademark specialists draw on deep experience in varied markets, categories of goods and services and methods of protection and enforcement of trademark rights.
Our technological training and expertise includes, for example: display technologies (plasma, LCD, CRT, PDP); semiconductors (DRAM, SRAM, FLASH, etc.); electronic devices such as microprocessors and controllers; SAW devices; computer; computer and consumer video games; cellular and other wireless communication protocols; optical fiber and analog communications and switching equipment (amplifiers, ADMs, mux and demux equipment); discrete analog devices; computer software and computer server and storage technologies; IT infrastructure; electronic semiconductor manufacturing equipment (cleaning systems, CVD, etching and cleaning systems, mask works) ; and consumer electronics
Our Litigation & Arbitration practice not only excels in intellectual property disputes, but also has considerable experience an expertise advising on a wide range of other business disputes in the sector including shareholder disputes; joint venture disputes and commercial project disputes. We have advised customers and suppliers on several of the largest IT commercial disputes in a number of jurisdictions and have extensive trial experience in this sector.
Antitrust, Industry Regulation and Policy Developments
The technology sector continues to be heavily regulated and is actually facing an increasingly complex global regulatory environment. We work closely with our clients to ensure compliance and also to ensure that they can respond to and where appropriate use the opportunities created by the changing antitrust and regulatory environment.
We advise a wide range of global clients on anti trust matters, including merger control procedures; cartel and dominance investigations and anti trust litigation in national and international courts. We also advise clients on data privacy and information security matters including data transfer arrangements, security policies and audits, security breaches and the development of new technologies and services in the area.
We offer our clients comprehensive "compliance know how " support in this area to protect against claims and investigations and to assist with the engagement with public bodies regarding the development of new policy and regulation.