Taylor English’s Technology team is built to deliver innovation and maximum value in legal services to clients engaged in technology transactions, whether with the development and distribution of technology solutions, the licensing and use of technology products, or the procurement and outsourcing of IT services.
Clients in diverse industries rely on our counsel in technology matters. They include academic institutions, energy companies, communications, retail and consumer, entertainment and digital media, financial institutions, computer hardware, health care, logistics, manufacturing, payments processing and software.
Our attorneys don’t simply identify concerns and advise against taking risk. Rather, we help devise creative solutions for your business problems that put risks into perspective. We have detailed knowledge of the underlying operational and intellectual property issues involved with technology transactions, allowing us to advise clients on structuring advantageous arrangements that benefit their business.
Taylor English’s Technology practice has the vertical expertise to work with businesses of all sizes, stages and industries. We have represented developers, distributors and users on matters including:
- Distribution and Sales,
- Entertainment and Multi-Media,
- IT Outsourcing and Solution Hosting,
- Product Development, and
With our large number of former in-house counsel and executives, we have the experience that assists you in securing revenue with less risk. Our attorneys are creative, results-oriented business professionals who work to complete transactions and meet your bottom line.
- BackPeddle, LLC
- Concurrent Computer Corporation
- Easy Vote
- Identity Sciences LLC
- NetGen Communications, Inc.
- OnCue Technologies
- Pristine Sun
- Seagate Technology LLC
DPAs and other data processing arrangements for retailers, service providers, B2B information technology companies, staffing companies, and other sectors.
Prepared hundreds of online software license agreements for browse-through and click-through licenses for downloadable software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.
Served as counsel to an Atlanta software company in the establishment of an ESOP and sale of its stock to the related Employee Stock Ownership Trust, drafting and negotiating all legal documents and negotiating terms of sale with Trustee’s counsel and Sellers’ counsel.
Defended BSI, the world’s first national standards body, and one of the world's largest independent certification bodies for management systems, with over 90,000 registered sites across the globe, in a wage/hour lawsuit (alleged misclassification) filed by a former employee, seeking more than $100,000 in alleged unpaid overtime and related damages and fees. At the completion of discovery, we successfully moved for summary judgment on our client’s behalf ...
Managed the prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications in a large patent portfolio relating to identifying humans using antibody profiling processes.
Provided counsel to client Seagate Technology LLC on IP matters and provided patent prosecution services. Seagate of Cupertino, California, one of only a few major manufacturers of hard disc drives and other complex storage products, has an excellent reputation for intellectual property management. We have provided counsel to this client on IP matters and provided patent prosecution services.
Provided counsel to Bernie Bilski and Rand Warsaw in conjunction with the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Bilski v. Kappos.
After two-week jury trial in federal court in Atlanta, won a multi million-dollar verdict, including attorneys’ fees, on behalf of plaintiff (a company involved in 3-D imaging technology) for its failed acquisition by defendant. ND3D, B.V. v. Image Technology International, Inc.
Represented publicly-traded provider of enterprise workforce management hardware, software, and services in contractual claims against licensed reseller. Negotiated favorable confidential resolution of dispute prior to arbitration, which included reseller’s cease and desist of use of client’s products.
Suit by purchaser of computer equipment from Radio Shack. Plaintiff complained that the computer he purchased did not perform as advertised, thereby adversely affecting his business because, as he said, he could not perform spreadsheets. Directed verdict in favor for Tandy Corporation following two days of trial.
As an in-house attorney, represented a major cable television programmer in the Open Authentication Technology Committee (OATC), composed of leading technology companies, cable and satellite carriers, and cable television networks. The two-year effort among the OATC’s members resulted in the technology framework to “authenticate” cable subscribers who wish to view their cable programming online. The OATC’s efforts were the first of their kind, and ...
As an in-house attorney, served as steering committee co-chair and sole legal advisor for major cable television programmer’s efforts to achieve compliance with the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act. Oversaw hundreds of employees’ and contractors’ work for months as the Company worked to build players, content management systems, applications/apps, games, Web sites, on-demand files and other materials capable of rendering (and ...
Represent various retail clients regarding PCI compliance, credit card fraud and loss, and fraudulent e-commerce orders.
Oversee conception and implementation of new platforms to achieve compliance with sweeping FCC requirements relating to closed captioning and other measures to make online media accessible to hearing- and sight-impaired consumers, on behalf of major television company.
Managed, as EMS Technologies, Inc. General Counsel, auction, due diligence and sale processes in completing sale of publicly-traded (Nasdaq) company in response to hedge-fund activist shareholder-initiated proxy contest. The transaction, which had a public tender offer price of approximately $500 million, added to the Honeywell aerospace and scanning and mobility businesses various EMS wireless communications business units serving the business ...
- $100 million plus negotiated settlement over satellite phone manufacturing and distribution agreement
As General Counsel of EMS Technologies, Inc., led negotiation of a favorable settlement of a dispute over performance in a development, manufacturing and distribution agreement for the next generation handheld satellite phone with leading satellite communications provider, resulting in continuing royalty stream to EMS and avoiding extensive litigation.
As in-house Intellectual Property and Technology Counsel for UPS, led formation of the first nationwide cellular data network, which was developed for UPS’s package-tracking application, overcoming substantial antitrust compliance concerns; negotiated multiple carrier services agreements and contract tariffs.
Prepared a private placement memorandum and related documents for a $500,000 Series A financing for a legal data service provider.
Represented VueLogic, LLC in sale of the company to strategic purchaser.
Represented the developer of efficiency-management programs in the nationwide licensure of its proprietary software to a Fortune 500 owner of medical laboratories.
Represented a European software company in the establishment of its United States operations, including the formation of the United States subsidiary, development of product sales agreements, software license agreements, channel distribution agreements, employment law matters and related issues.
At a previous firm, one of our attorneys represented a Fortune 500 international supply chain logistics provider in a multi-year strategic alliance agreement with a Fortune 500 automobile manufacturer that implemented sophisticated supply chain logistics technologies in the manufacturer’s supply chain. The deal was chronicled by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas L. Friedman’s book, “The World is Flat,” as one of the “ten deals that helped to ...
Represented longtime client in the sale of their software business to a private equity-backed platform software developer. Client was able to successfully exit the business at an enterprise value of $30 million (well in excess of their expectations) after an initial investment of less than $1 million.
Advise privately-held software company in offering of preferred to existing investors to repay and retire outstanding convertible notes.
- Cobb Business Journal, November 17, 2017
- November 6, 2017
- September 22, 2017
- November 16, 2016
- August 1, 2016
- November 8, 2019
- August 15, 2019
- November 1, 2018
- August 15, 2018
- August 15, 2016
- HR Daily Advisor, June 5, 2018
- October 13, 2016
- July 19, 2016
- "Safeguarding IT and Communications Systems: Or How to Stop Worrying and Love Being Big Bro," InsideCounselJune 20, 2016
- February 1, 2016
- Oracle v. Google: What are the implications for FOSS?FOSDEM 2020, February 2020
- Open Source and Free Software: What does it mean for you?Pycon, Pakistan, October 12, 2019
- Open Source Software 2019 - From Compliance to Cooperation, Practicing Law Institute ProgramSan Francisco, CA, October 1, 2019
- The Surprising Interaction of Open Source and Patent Exhaustion, FOSDEM '19Brussels, Belgium, February 2019
- What is the Maximum Permissible Scope for Copyleft?, First Annual International Copyleft ConferenceBrussels, Belgium, February 4, 2019
- From Compliance to Cooperation, PLI Open Source Software 2018San Francisco, CA, November 28, 2018
- October 23, 2018
- Where the Legal Industry is Heading, Somerville ForumRaleigh, NC, June 25, 2018
- Balloons, Projects, and Python: Building a Sustainable Community, Pycon CZPrague, Czech Republic, June 3, 2018
- Open Source Considerations in Start-Ups, Panelist, Open Source's Impact on Innovation, PIPG Symposium 2018Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 27, 2018
- Basics of Open Source Licensing and Best Practices for Open Source License Compliance, PLI Open Source Software 2017San Francisco, California, December 20, 2017
- Emerging Platform Technologies in Financial Services, Texas Association of Bank Counsel's 41st Annual Convention, Lost Pines, Texas, September 21, 2017
- In-house Perspectives on Open Source: A Panel Discussion, Austin Intellectual Property Law AssociationAustin, Texas, May 24, 2017
- Visions of the Technological Future, Houston Northwest Chamber of CommerceHouston, Texas, May 11, 2017
- Autonomous Vehicle Regulation, Legislation and Technology, Texas Auto Roundup, Texas Auto Writers AssociationAustin, Texas, May 8, 2017
- Open Source in a Restricted & Regulated Environment, South by Southwest (SXSW)Austin, Texas, March 11, 2017
- "Formation (and Avoiding Inadvertent Formation) of Binding Electronic Contracts," Webinar, Wyoming Trial Lawyers AssociationFebruary 2, 2017
- "Preventing Inadvertent Email Contracts: Best Practices for Your Clients," Webinar, National Constitution CenterOctober 6, 2016
- April 26, 2016
- "Ethical and Privacy Considerations for Contemporary Technology," eDiscovery and Use of Technology CLEAtlanta, Ga., October 29, 2015
- New EU Privacy Shield: Uncertainty Still Abounds Mitzi L. Hill
- Cyber Hygiene: Upgrade Your Software, Too Mitzi L. Hill
- Cyber Hygiene Habits: Have a Plan For Your Employees Mitzi L. Hill