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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Peter Watt-Morse

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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Peter M. Watt-Morse, a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Practice and one of the founding partners of the firm’s Pittsburgh office, has worked on all forms of business and technology transactions for over twenty years. Mr. Watt-Morse is a member of the firm’s Global Outsourcing, Technology, and Commercial Transactions Practice and chairman of its Technology Steering Committee. Mr. Watt-Morse’s practice focuses on business and intellectual property matters for a broad range of clients, including information technology (ITO) and business process (BPO) outsourcing transactions, technology development, licensing and distribution agreements, strategic alliances and joint ventures, intellectual property development and strategy, university and governmental technology transfer issues, and general corporate and commercial matters for software, equipment, semiconductor, networking, robotic, services, and other technology clients. In addition to his work in commercial and technology matters, Mr. Watt-Morse has worked extensively in life science matters including all aspects of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and health care providers and third-party payors. In recent years, among many transactions which he has negotiated, Mr. Watt-Morse helped develop the first outsourcing arrangement for clinical trial logistics for a major pharmaceutical company, an international strategic alliance regarding the commercialization of revolutionary semiconductor technology, long-term supply arrangements for essential commodities and components for manufacturing clients, complex intellectual property agreements to carve up technologies in divestiture transactions and cutting-edge agreements and procedures regarding electronic commerce. For more information, view Mr. Watt-Morse’s biography at


Mr. Watt-Morse is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh Law School, where he teaches classes related to technology transactions and intellectual property. He is also a frequent speaker and writer about outsourcing, intellectual property and technology related topics, including a manuscript on Software Data Rights. As the lead lawyer for technology for a number of law firms, Mr. Watt-Morse also has an extensive background in the use of technology in the practice of law.


Listed, IAM Licensing 250 (2011-2013); Listed, IAM Patent 1000 (2012-2014); Listed, Best Lawyers (2013-2014) (Licensing); Member, Sigma Xi; Member, Northwestern University Law Review; Adjunct Professor, University of Pittsburgh Law School


Northwestern University School of Law, 1983, J.D.; Carleton College, 1980, B.A.

United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP fields a varied practice across the life sciences, pharmaceuticals and technology sectors. A recent healthcare highlight saw Pittsburgh's Peter Watt-Morse negotiate multiple license agreements for the embedding of proprietary content in healthcare technology products for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. SanDisk instructed the team to advise on the drafting and negotiation of patent agreements regarding its SD flash memory card joint venture with Toshiba and Panasonic -- a cross-border mandate involving the US and Japanese jurisdictions. 'Extremely knowledgeable' key practitioner Rahul Kapoor in Silicon Valley, whose 'analysis of completely new issues and drafting skills are exceptional', is 'intelligent, creative and thinks outside of the box'. Philadelphia-based practice heads Louis Beardell and Eric Kraeutler, and San Francisco's Benjamin Pensak are also recommended. Christopher Bright, Kenneth Cheney, Michael Dreznes, Nathan Smith, Soyeon Pak Laub, and Todd Hales joined in Orange County, Brent Hawkins joined in San Francisco, Hosang Lee joined in Washington DC, and Chicago gained Hersh Mehta and Kevin Shortsle, all former McDermott Will & Emery LLP practitioners. Randall Sunberg left for Baker McKenzie LLP. Other clients include Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Medisix Therapeutics and Yandex.

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