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Stuart Irvin

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Covington & Burling LLP

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Stuart Irvin advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, and licensing agreements. He has worked extensively with video game publishers and developers on the in-licensing of intellectual property and on the creation of esports leagues. His work on esports matters has included assistance in structuring the league to reduce risk to the parent company and the drafting of contracts with teams, players, sponsors and other stakeholders. Mr. Irvin has negotiated and drafted complex settlement agreements to resolve disputes over patents, trademarks, and other intellectual property assets. He regularly represent clients in settlement matters involving cases brought by non-practicing entities (trolls) and in connection with the unblocking patent licenses that are given to resolve disputes between competitors. His work in patent settlement transactions includes agreements where the patent license has competition or regulatory ramifications. He advises on patent settlements in matters pending before the International Trade Commission in Section 337 actions and before the District Courts. Mr. Irvin coordinates Covington’s Universities, Museums and Cultural Institutions practice. He represents several universities and museums on intellectual property and governance matters. Mr. Irvin is qualified to practice law in England and Wales. He serves on the firm's Middle East Committee and its Pro Bono Committee. His pro bono clients include The Nature Conservancy, WWF and Developments in Literacy, a US nonprofit founded to provide education to disadvantaged children, especially girls, in the underdeveloped regions of Pakistan.


Cambridge University, LL.M., 1990; The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1989 (Ruby Vale Scholar; The George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics, Editor-in-Chief); Emory University, B.A., 1984

United States: Finance

Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

Within: Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

The Washington DC-based political tax and tax-exempt organizations practice at Covington & Burling LLP has a long history of advising nonprofits on all aspects of their work. Clients include political organizations, sports leagues, trade associations, educational institutions, philanthropic and grant-making organizations, and museums. The firm also works for a number of pro bono clients, such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and various non-partisan research organizations and legislative advocacy groups supporting marriage equality. Key names include Robert Gage, Heather Haberl, Susan Leahy, Jeremy Spector and Stuart Irvin.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms


Within: Outsourcing

Recent highlights for the team at Covington & Burling LLP include assisting a major sporting association with a software services arrangement with Microsoft 365, advising a cloud-based enterprise software services company on an outsourcing arrangement with TierPoint, and assisting an airline with negotiating its agreement with a provider of in-flight entertainment and other on-board services for the client’s entire fleet. Key contacts include head of the team Nigel Howard and of counsel Stuart Irvin, both of whom are based in Washington DC. Outsourcing arrangements within the pharmaceutical and healthcare space are other strengths of the firm.

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