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Intellectual property is typically among the most significant assets of a business, and Calfee’s technology transaction team prides itself on maximizing the value of those assets for its clients. Operating at the crossroads of corporate and intellectual property law, our technology transactions experts guide clients ranging from cutting-edge startups and early stage investors to large privately held and publicly traded companies and established private equity funds through the complexities of intellectual property focused commercial transactions. 

Recognizing that intellectual property and technology transactions require special expertise and care, Calfee’s team melds more than a century of deal-making experience with the specialized skill set of a broad group of highly accomplished intellectual property attorneys. Our lawyers have both the legal expertise to close the deal and the technical background and experience to understand the unique challenges in any technology field. This added insight makes all the difference in today’s technology-driven M&A market. In fact, Calfee’s team is routinely called upon to act as IP-specific deal counsel in complex transactions in a wide array of technology sectors with deals ranging in size from smaller, focused transactions to those that exceed a billion dollars in value. 


Chambers USA Band 2 Ranking in Intellectual Property and Corporate/M&A (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Intellectual Property group has been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA. has been recognized by Chambers USA. In 2020, Chambers USA researchers noted that the team is "esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio, the Midwest and across the USA. They are highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

One client is noted as saying, "The firm offers excellent value for its services. The team is dedicated and provides sophisticated IP legal services at an attractive cost." A market commentator noted, "Calfee's IP attorneys are highly regarded; they are true experts, and they do excellent work for their clients."

"This is a power bench, the team works well together and supports each other well. Each individual is responsive and knowledgeable in their expertise and experience. This is definitely one of my favorite firms to work with," stated another client.

Chambers USA also reported that their researchers found Calfee's IP team to be held in "very high regard by fellow practitioners who note Calfee's extensive experience representing clients in wider patent and trademark matters, IP litigation matters, appellate work, and advising companies on managing IP assets in China."

Calfee's Corporate and Finance group has been ranked consistently for the past 10+ years by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an industry-leading legal resource for professionals in search of qualified, experienced legal counselMost recently, in Chambers USA 2020, Calfee was ranked in Band 2 for Corporate/M&A in Ohio. Chambers USA 2020 commentators note that, "The practical nature of the firm is what makes them special. They are experienced and knowledgeable enough to interact with larger firms, but they are more effective because they are responsive and focus on the most important issues."

Chambers USA 2020 further stated that Calfee "draws from an impressive statewide team with a strong track record across a broad range of corporate and transactional matters, acting on behalf of public and private businesses and financial institutions. Areas of excellence include M&A, securities offerings and private equity and venture capital fund formation. [They also offer] notable capital markets expertise, with particular strengths in acting for underwriters."

A client stated, "They're practical and responsive, coupled with great experience and deep expertise." Another source noted, "Our overall experience has been outstanding. We have found that Calfee is capable of handling highly sophisticated work at reasonable rates."

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in the following areas:

  • Litigation - Intellectual Property (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Patent Law (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Corporate Compliance Law (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland)
  • Corporate Governance Law (Metropolitan Tier 2 Cleveland)
  • Corporate Law (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland, Metropolitan Tier 1 Columbus, Metropolitan Tier 2 Cincinnati)
  • Venture Capital Law (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland, Metropolitan Tier 2 Columbus) 
  • Securities/Capital Markets Law (National Tier 3, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Securities Regulation (National Tier 2, Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)
  • Tax Law (Metropolitan Tier 1 Cleveland)

IFLR1000 (United States), Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms and Lawyers

Calfee was selected for inclusion in IFLR1000 – Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms from 2019-2020 in the areas of Capital Markets (Recommended – Ohio) and M&A (Tier 2 – Ohio).

Clients responding to the IFLR1000 2019 survey reported the following regarding Calfee's M&A and Capital Markets team:

  • "Calfee solves problems. They have a deep bench with complete understanding of clients' needs. They are focused, hardworking and get the job done. They are competitively priced."
  • "Calfee, Halter & Griswold consistently goes above and beyond on providing sound counsel to our company. They are extremely responsive and even work on the weekends when an acquisition is ready to close. They anticipate our needs and will suggest alternative methods for solving legal issues. We are lucky to have them represent us."
  • "Calfee is a sophisticated law firm with good depth across many practice areas. The lawyers have a strong sense of client service and are responsive to our needs."
  • "Second to none. We have used every major law firm in the market and no one has the depth of expertise and high level of service."
  • "They are excellent. I would recommend them. We have not used them significantly before this past year, and the work we used them for was M&A and IP assistance. They have been an impressive law firm to work with."
  • "Calfee is an excellent law firm. Their lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and pleasant to work with."



John S. Cipolla
Vice Chairman; Co-Chair, Intellectual Property
Brad  Liu
Associate; Associate Director, International Business – China



Calfee’s technology transactions expertise includes:

  • Technology-based M&A transactions
  • Standalone technology acquisitions, divestitures and spin outs
  • Complex Intellectual Property due diligence
  • Research and development agreements
  • Joint development agreements, joint ventures, and strategic partnership initiatives
  • Strategic technology assessments for investment funds and strategic buyers
  • Securitization of Intellectual Property in debt transactions
  • IP landscape and valuation projects
  • Adversarial and litigation-driven licensing negotiations
  • Buying and selling patent portfolios, complex licensing arrangements, and technology monetization programs
  • Technology-related manufacturing, reseller, supply and distribution agreements
  • Source code reviews and clean room projects
  • Advising clients on the use of Intellectual Property as an alternative to traditional funding
  • Negotiating complex acquisitions of brand portfolios
  • Licensing personality rights, negotiating sponsorships, and athlete and celebrity endorsements

In addition to helping clients complete these milestone events, Calfee’s team handles day-to-day counseling for large and small companies in a diverse variety of technology spaces to help them maximize the value of their IP assets in preparation for potential IP transactions. This includes:

  • Identifying and protecting proprietary information and other IP assets
  • Developing foreign and domestic nondisclosure agreements
  • Maintaining IP portfolios and records to avoid delays when potential deals arise
  • Advising clients on protecting trade secrets from disclosure and other adverse events that may undercut the value of their IP

Our attorneys focus on combining legal expertise with technical and business acumen to assist our clients in preparing for and completing technology-focused transactions efficiently to achieve optimal results.

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Chambers USA researchers reported that Calfee's IP group is "esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio, the Midwest and across the USA. They are highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

Chambers USA 2020

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