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Mountain View, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Shanghai

Jake Handy

Fenwick & West LLP

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Technology Transactions


Jake Handy focuses his practice on technology-based transactions, including intellectual property acquisitions and licensing strategies for life sciences and technology companies. Jake’s representative transactions include: development, collaboration, license and material transfer agreements for a broad range of life science technologies including antibody, protein expression/modulation, gene therapy, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics technologies; software, telecommunications and IT agreements, including technology development, licensing and marketing agreements; clinical trial agreements; and supply, distribution, sales representative and other supply-side agreements for biopharmaceuticals, diagnostic, medical device, telecommunications and software products.


During law school, Jake was the Associate Editor for the Law Review. While at the University of California at San Diego, he was the recipient of the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in Exobiology Graduate Fellowship. In 2012, Intellectual Asset Management magazine named Jake to the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, Jake was a partner and head of the Southern California Life Sciences transactional practice for DLA Piper LLP, and prior to that, an attorney at Morrison & Foerster, LLP and Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich LLP.

United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

Fenwick & West LLP’s key strengths include transactional matters alongside research-oriented licensing work, with a strong focus on the biotech sector. The group’s experience spans due diligence, internal IP audits, licensing work in the context of mergers and acquisitions as well as licence agreements with universities and research institutes, including negotiations with Offices for Technology Transfer (OTT) on behalf of companies. In a recent highlight, the team assisted biotech venture GRAIL with its spin-out from Illumina and with the development of its patent portfolio, both under the lead of Jake Handy and Michael Shuster from San Francisco. Mountain View’s Daniel Becker acted for Corvidia Therapeutics and Vtesse in the development of their respective patent portfolios, partly through patent acquisition. David Hayes, also from San Francisco, has extensive experience in patent, copyright and trade mark matters and Michael Farn in Mountain View chairs the patent group as part of Rajiv Patel’s IP department. Denali Therapeutics, Halozyme and LG Display are also clients.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions

Within: Leading lawyers

Jake Handy - Fenwick & West LLP

Within: Technology: transactions

Fenwick & West LLP focuses on advising technology and life sciences companies. The firm is highly rated for its work with start-ups in emerging technologies, such as the sharing economy, fintech, augmented and virtual reality, social networks, and gaming - and has a leading M&A practice in advising technology serial acquirers. It also has a robust venture capital practice. It acted for Facebook in its serial acquisition program, including the acquisitions of Ozlo, Source3, FacioMetric and CrowdTangle; and advised Cisco Systems on the $3.7bn acquisition of AppDynamics and its $1.9bn acquisition of BroadSoft. Other key deals included the team assisting American software company Symantec Corporation with its acquisition of LifeLock, advising Nimble Storage on its sale to Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and serving as primary corporate counsel to Unity, a cross-platform game engine, in its $400m financing from American private equity firm Silver Lake. San Francisco-based Jake Handy is technology transactions chair; Douglas Cogen is co-M&A chair; Stephen Gillespie manages the IP aspects of M&A deals; and Ralph Pais and Seattle-based corporate group chair Alan Smith are also highly rated. Mountain View’s Gregory Roussel is ‘extremely good at driving M&A transactions’; and technology and life sciences deal lawyer Ethan Skerry was hired in New York from Lowenstein Sandler LLP.

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