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Our global team of technology and intellectual property lawyers help clients negotiate their most complex technology, IP and data transactions, with a focus on these fields and industries:
Our lawyers have the exceptional legal and technical skills, years of tech and IP market experience, and creativity required to lead the world’s most challenging deals.
Represented American Airlines in a software development and outsourced technology services agreement with HP for a next generation reservation, inventory, and availability system.
Represented The National Football League on its next generation data collaboration with Sportsradar, a European sports data company.
Represented AstraZeneca in a technology and data collaboration for the development of a new medical outcomes data research and analytics system with Healthcore.
Represented Healthcare Services and Solutions in a collaboration agreement with MedCPU for the development of a new clinical-decision support system and related services.
Represented UBS in the negotiation of a new long-term services agreement with Bloomberg for the calculation and administration of commodities indices.
Represented Procter & Gamble in the $3.1 billion sale of its global pharmaceuticals business to Warner Chilcott.
Represented a leading computer component manufacturer in a patent monetization transaction involving its contribution of 100 systems patents to a newly formed patent assertion entity managed by a third party patent agent in exchange for a royalty based on enforcement and licensing activities.
Represented Kit Check in the development of their service and customer agreements for hospitals and business partners relating to Kit Check’s pharmacy kit automation system and services.
Representation of Microsoft Corp. in its purchase of substantially all of Nokia’s devices & services business and licensing of Nokia’s patents. Covington advised on IP, commercial and regulatory matters on the transaction.
Represented Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, on a multi-faceted technology and distribution deal with Sabre valued at over a $1 billion.
Represented Microsoft in the $4.5 billion winning bid in the auction of Nortel Networks Corporation’s 6000 patents and patent applications.
Represented Microsoft in the $1.1 billion acquisition of 800 patents from AOL, and its $550 million sale to Facebook of the right to acquire a portion of the AOL portfolio.
Represented Megabus in call center service outsourcing agreement.
Represented a major global pharmaceutical company on negotiating arrangements with multiple suppliers for the development and operation of a complex state-of-the-art telehealth IT system.
Represented a major global biopharmaceutical company on information governance requirements of the UK’s National Health Service with respect to the use and transmission of patient information collected using internet-enabled compliance monitoring tools.
Represented Microstrategy in transactions related to the development of social media apps that leverage big data.
Represented American Airlines on a series of global ticket inventory distribution arrangements with Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport.
Representing American Airlines on a series of global ticket inventory distribution arrangements with Amadeus, Sabre, and Travelport, and in information technology services agreements with Amadeus, Sabre, HP, and ITA Software (Google).
Represented American Airlines in a sole-sourced outsourcing of all information technology services between American Airlines and Sabre, Inc. and its subsequent renegotiation with HP and Sabre.
Represented 7 out of 11 airlines in the Abacus International consortium, in long-term global distribution agreements in connection with the sale of Abacus International (Global Distribution System) to Sabre Corporation.
Represented American Airlines in information technology services agreements with Amadeus, Sabre, HP, and ITA Software.
Represented Apple Leisure Group in a series of information technology transactions, including electronic distribution agreements with hotels.
Represented CHEP USA in an information technology outsourcing to Dell.
Represented a global pharmaceutical company in its acquisition of the IP assets of a medical devices and diagnostics company through a competitive auction administered by a U.S. bankruptcy court.
Representation of Microsoft in negotiation of patent, copyright and trade secret license agreements for the Advanced Access Content System, a copy protection system for Blu-ray Disc and other high definition storage media and licenses for IP related digital output and copy protection technologies for the Xbox 360 game console and Zune music player.
Represented Pearl Mobile DTV in establishing a nine-company venture to provide Mobile Digital Television services in the United States. Covington led the negotiations leading to the creation of the Pearl Mobile DTV venture, the negotiation of content license agreements, and public policy efforts before Congress and at the White House and the FCC.
Represented Copa Airlines in a technology services agreement with Sabre for its SabreSonic Customer Sales & Service (CSS) reservations system.
Represented American Airlines in connection with its data ownership strategies, including implementing standard terms and conditions regarding data in various forms of service provider and partner agreements.
Represented a Hospital Network in connection with the negotiation of a license and service agreement for an enterprise-wide Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system.
Represented Tencent Holdings Limited in its $8.6 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell Oy, developer of Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Boom Beach and Hay Day, from SoftBank.
We represented Fox Networks Group in various agreements for carriage of the Fox suite of cable networks and the Fox owned and operated broadcast television stations on various “over-the-top” Internet-based distribution platforms.
The National Football League in negotiating its $18 billion eight-year programming agreements with ABC, CBS and Fox Television, its interactive media rights/online cross-promotion and marketing agreement with AOL, CBS and Sportsline.com, and its international content distribution deal with Yahoo!
We represented the NBA in a multi-year deal to stream live NBA games in virtual reality in a partnership with NextVR, which will become the official live virtual reality partner of the NBA. During the 2016-2017 season, live VR games will first be available to NBA League Pass subscribers, with single-game purchase opportunities to follow for all VR consumers as the NextVR app becomes available on new VR devices.
We represented Pac-12 Networks in its deal with Twitter for streaming of 150 live Olympic sports events from the Pac-12 universities.
We represented Teva in its strategic partnership with IBM, which enabled it to become the first multinational pharmaceutical company to deploy IBM’s Watson Health Cloud as its global technology platform. As part of the partnership, a joint Teva-IBM research team will work together using “big data” and machine-learning tools to develop disease models and advanced therapeutic solutions, including solutions designed to collect and analyze real world evidence. The deployment of these models and solutions will enable Teva to provide insights and real-time feedback directly to care providers and patients via mobile devices in order to achieve treatment optimizations and improved patient outcomes.
We represented the company in connection with a series of cloud, digital merchandising, e-commerce, music and content licensing, marketing and distribution transactions with companies such as Google, Sojern, ADARA, Oracle, Ebay, and Twitter.
February 10, 2017, Law360
Law360 selected Covington’s Life Sciences practice as a “Practice Group of the Year,” highlighting the firm’s involvement in billion-dollar transactions, success in contentious litigation, and regulatory advice on cutting-edge technology. According to Michael Labson, “What we offer and bring to complicated, complex issues is a mixture of deep subject-matter ...
January 30, 2017
WASHINGTON—Covington represented India-based Piramal Enterprises and its wholly owned Critical Care subsidiary in the UK in its agreement to acquire a portfolio of intrathecal spasticity and pain management drugs from Mallinckrodt LLC.
The purchase price was $171 million, plus an earn-out of up to an additional $32 million. This is the third acquisition that ...
December 21, 2016
SHANGHAI—China Business Law Journal has named Covington partner Weishi Li to its “A-List” of the top 100 private practice lawyers in China. Ms. Li is one of two life sciences lawyers recognized by the magazine.
China Business Law Journal’s inaugural A-list is based on interviews of in-house counsel in China and around the world, as well as partners at Chinese ...
October 21, 2016
WASHINGTON—Covington represented India-based Piramal Enterprises and its wholly owned Critical Care subsidiary in the UK in the acquisition of five anesthesia and pain management injectable products from Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, in an all cash deal for an upfront consideration of US$155 million, and up to an additional US$20 million.
The products to be acquired ...
July 1, 2016, Law360
Van Ellis and John Hurvitz are quoted in a Law360 article regarding Ellis’ arrival as a partner in the firm’s life sciences transactions practice. According to Ellis, who says he is drawn to how Covington deals with some of the largest and most complex transactions in the industry, “Every deal is different than the other deals. There are innovative aspects of ...
June 21, 2016
SILICON VALLEY—Covington advised Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading provider of internet service in China, in connection with its acquisition of a majority stake in Supercell from SoftBank. A consortium established by Tencent will acquire up to 84% of Supercell for $8.6 billion in a transaction valuing Supercell at approximately $10.2 billion.
Supercell is a ...
June 20, 2016
WASHINGTON—Van Ellis has joined Covington as a partner in its life sciences transactions practice, resident in Washington.
Mr. Ellis has extensive experience in a wide variety of technology-based transactions and corporate matters in the life sciences field, from billion-dollar global collaborations to daily commercial and operational matters. He also counsels ...
June 17, 2016
LONDON—Euromoney Legal Media Group has selected four Covington lawyers for its annual “Europe Women in Business Law Awards.” The awards honor women in the legal sector across Europe.
The Covington lawyers recognized are:
Louise Nash, Best in Mergers & Acquisitions. Ms. Nash focuses on M&A and other transactional matters for clients in the consumer brands, ...
June 3, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington advised the underwriters in connection with Repligen’s $115 million debt offering. The senior convertible notes due in 2021 were placed at 2.125 percent.
Repligen is a bioprocessing company focused on the manufacture of Protein A ligands used by life science companies to purify biologic drugs such as monoclonal antibodies, recombinant ...
May 31, 2016
NEW YORK—Covington is advising MagtiCom Ltd., the leading mobile operator in the Republic of Georgia, on its definitive agreement to acquire retail and corporate ISP cable assets from Caucasus Online LLC. The deal is expected to close on or around August 1, 2016.
Following the successful conclusion of the transaction, MagtiCom will be the first and only operator ...
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