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Seth Traxler

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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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Intellectual Property


Seth Traxler co-leads Kirkland’s global Technology & IP Transactions practice, serving as lead counsel in complex or strategic deals driven by opportunities to develop or commercialize innovative technologies. He helps clients negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances, outsourcing and service agreements, acquisitions/sales, licenses, development and collaboration agreements, and other strategic commercial contracts. Seth works closely with Kirkland’s corporate/M&A practice on the technology and IP aspects of corporate transactions, and also helps lead the Firm’s Data Security & Privacy practice.


Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997; University of Kansas, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1993.

United States: Intellectual property

Patents: licensing

Within: Patents: licensing

At Kirkland & Ellis LLP, the arrival of Adam Petravicius from Jenner & Block LLP and of Kate Withers from Fenwick & West LLP bolstered the group's already strong technology transactions practice. The team stands out for its broad sector spread, with recent instructions ranging from the pharmaceutical and technology sectors to the electronics and insurance sectors. In addition to advising Abbott Laboratories on the licensing terms for the settlement of a patent dispute, the practice also assisted BioIVT with the licensing agreements for its acquisition of Ascendance. In addition, Boeing relied on the group for the patent license agreements necessary for its joint venture with Safran aimed at jointly designing and building auxiliary powers units. Other clients include EUSA Pharma, Open Invention Network and Tigen Pharma. Chicago trio Neil Hirshman, Seth Traxler and Russell Levine direct the practice group.

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