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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 specializes in due diligence for technology-related transactions, but also excels in licensing work for universities and other research bodies. In a recent technology highlight, Stephen Gillespie advised Github on its $7.5bn acquisition by Microsoft. In the healthcare and life sciences space, Mountain View's Stefano Quintini, alongside Effie Toshav, assisted biopharmaceutical player Loxo Oncology with its collaboration agreement with Bayer regarding a cancer treatment, involving a $400m upfront payment with eligibility for two further potential milestone payments totaling $650m. Also of note, David Hayes in San Francisco advised on its master service agreement with Foxconn Interconnect Technology aimed at applying the client's artificial intelligence expertise to manufacturing processes. Other work came from Invenra, Denali Therapeutics and LG Display. Jake Handy chairs the technology transactions practice group in San Francisco and Vejay Lalla recently joined the New York office from Davis & Gilbert LLP. Kate Withers joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Leading lawyers

Jake Handy - Fenwick & West LLP

Within: Technology transactions

The ‘very capable, diligent, responsive and pro-active’ team at Fenwick & West LLP handles technology patent transactions as well as outsourcing and M&A-related technology licensing deals. Noted for its ‘excellent ability to digest technical and complex information’, the ‘solutions-oriented’ practice group has an impressive client roster, which includes blockchain developers, automotive companies, fintech groups and healthcare companies. San Francisco-based Ralph Pais has ‘years of practical experience in making the impossible possible’; he recently represented the cloud financial management company Intacct Corporation in its acquisition by the business management software producer The Sage Group. Also in San Francisco, Stefano Quintini advised the biotechnology start-up Invenra on its collaboration and license agreement with pharmaceuticals company Exelixis; practice head Jake Handy (‘exceptional, brilliant, creative and efficient’) assisted in that matter. Vejay Lalla joined the New York office from Davis & Gilbert LLP in July 2018.

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