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Overview of Services

Hanson Bridgett’s Technology Practice was formed with three guiding principles. First, we recognize that a technology company’s most valuable assets are likely found in ground-breaking concepts, designs, and products rather than in the “brick and mortar” assets of many traditional companies. Second, we believe that technology companies operate in a unique environment where their success depends on a deep understanding of the governing law as well as an appreciation of the economic realities of a competitive and ever-changing marketplace. Third, we believe our clients are best served when we bring a wide range of legal expertise to bear on their complex legal matters. These three principles help guide our advice on individual matters and the way we engage with the more than 150 attorneys at Hanson Bridgett to best serve our clients.

Primary Services for Technology clients:

  • Corporate and Emerging Companies. Hanson Bridgett’s clients benefit from the depth of our experience in advising technology companies on the complex legal issues they face during all stages of growth.
  • Patent and Intellectual Property Litigation. When intellectual property disputes arise, our IP litigators often negotiate pre-litigation resolutions that spare our clients the legal expenses of taking matters into court.
  • Intellectual Property Counseling. Our intellectual property attorneys work closely with our technology clients to solve a myriad of issues relating to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and to protect against future claims of intellectual property infringement. 

Serving Technology Clients’ Broader Legal Needs

Attorneys in Hanson Bridgett’s Technology Practice work closely with our colleagues in many other practice areas so that we may provide a broad array of legal services to our clients.

We work closely with attorneys in our nationwide Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice to successfully represents our clients in resolving a wide range of disputes through litigation, mediation and arbitration. We enlist attorneys from our Employee Benefits Group to address issues relating to our clients’ retirement plans, employee benefits, executive and equity compensation, and fiduciary responsibility matters. We work with partners in our Labor and Employment Group to provide advice relating to employee discipline and termination, federal and state wage-and-hour law, and compliance labor laws such as the Family Medical Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and workers’ compensation regulations. Our Labor and Employment attorneys also help our clients develop appropriate training programs to address employment law matters and to create employment forms such as personnel policies, employment contracts, and applications. When the need arises, our Labor and Employment attorneys also defend our clients against claims related to employment discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and contract administration.

Attorneys in our Real Estate and Construction Groups are available to assist growing technology clients with developing and acquiring the land and facilities they need. They also specialize in Integrated Project Delivery in particular with large technology campus construction projects. Lastly, our Insurance Recovery Practice advocate on behalf of our clients to obtain coverage for a wide range of incidents.

Technology Procurement

Hanson Bridgett attorneys routinely negotiate complex system-integration contracts involving the licensing of multiple technologies, and we regularly advise our clients on the contractual interplay between IP indemnities, software warranties, and licensing/maintenance agreements that arise in multi-vendor projects. We are often involved from the inception of these projects, and advise our clients through the original procurement process, contract negotiation, and contract administration.

Hanson Bridgett’s government practice attorneys are expert in helping our clients protect their valuable intellectual property when contracting with government entities. Particularly when the customer is a government agency and a project is funded with public funds, special rules may apply that could impact confidentiality and intellectual property rights. Finally, Hanson Bridgett attorneys are expert at prosecuting and defending bid protests pertaining to government contracts and can help make sure that your firm is treated fairly and allowed to compete on an even playing field for government contracts.


Key Contact

Robert McFarlane
Robert McFarlane
San Francisco, CA
Intellectual Property

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