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Nader A. Mousavi


Nader A. Mousavi

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Recognized as one of the “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Patent 1000 (2012-2015) and named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by Daily Journal (2012), Nader A. Mousavi is a partner, and co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Group and the Firm’s Cybersecurity Group. He joined the Firm in 2010.

Mr. Mousavi’s practice includes advising clients on intellectual property, technology and data protection issues in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations, financings, licensing, outsourcing, monetization, manufacturing, commercialization, R&D and settlements.

Mr. Mousavi was lead IP counsel to Eastman Kodak Company in its successful global reorganization and led the sale of its portfolio of 1,100 digital imaging patents and a series of associated patent licensing transactions. He also was counsel to Silver Lake Partners and Skype in connection with the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, he joined TCS, an early-stage telecommunications software (SaaS) company, where he led strategy and legal affairs as TCS pioneered the “softswitch” and was acquired by a leading broadband equipment company. Following the acquisition, Mr. Mousavi served as senior counsel for the acquirer until joining Hale and Dorr (now Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr) in 2001. Mr. Mousavi later also served on secondment to Cisco Systems as lead technology counsel to Cisco’s IP communications business unit. He became a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2008 and co-founded the firm’s Palo Alto office before joining Sullivan & Cromwell.

Awards and Recognitions

  • The American Lawyer – named as one of the “Lateral All-Stars,” a list honoring the most significant partner moves of the year (2010)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – recognized for IT and Outsourcing (2008-2015)
  • Daily Journal – named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” (2012)
  • IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers – recognized in 2010 and 2011/2012 (the only years this recognition was given)
  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012-2015)
  • The Legal 500 United States – recognized for Patent Licensing and Transactional Law (2014, 2015)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2009-2014)
  • Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal – recognized as one of the top “40 under 40” business professionals in Silicon Valley (2007)

Professional Activities

Mr. Mousavi has been appointed as a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (2015), teaching the course “IP: Patent and Technology Licensing.”

He is a member of the Advisory Board for Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology and is the law school’s National Reunion Chair. Mr. Mousavi is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.

He is also a founding member of the Northern California Chapter of the Iranian-American Bar Association.

Mr. Mousavi is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and technology matters, including at Stanford Law School, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, the Practising Law Institute and various other professional organizations and conferences.


  • “IP deals meet bankruptcy: what every IP professional needs to know,” Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine (May/June 2014) (co-author)
  • “The Evolving Role of Intellectual Property in M&A Transactions,” Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine (July/August 2011)
  • “Reach-Through Rights and the Patentability, Enforcement, and Licensing of Patents on Drug Discovery Tools,” Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (Winter 2009) (co-author)
  • “Deals An Evolving Art – New Focus on Accounting Standards May Lead Companies to Resist Deal-making Structures,” Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (March 23, 2007) (co-author)
  • “Open Secrets: How Public Records Laws Can Hamper Public-Private Research Partnerships,” Biotech Briefing (Spring 2006) (co-author)
  • “When the Public Does Not Have a Right to Know: How the California Public Records Act is Deterring Bioscience Research and Development,” Duke Law and Technology Review (2005)


Intellectual Property & Technology Transactions
  • American Express, in its joint venture with to launch an online platform for private sales of luxury goods in the United States
  • ASML, in worldwide patent cross-licenses with Nikon and Canon
  • AT&T Inc., in the $950 million sale of AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. As part of the transaction, AT&T received approximately $750 million in cash, a $200 million note and a 47% equity interest in YP Holdings, the newly formed holding company that owns Ad Solutions and ATTi
  • Broadcom, in various IP transactions, including alliances with Nokia for smartphone technologies
  • CGI Group Inc., on its £2 billion ($3.1 billion) acquisition of Logica plc
  • Cisco, in numerous IP transactions relating to its IP communications and wireless business units
  • Intel, in connection with (i) its worldwide patent cross-license and settlement with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); (ii) its patent agreement with GlobalFoundries; (iii) its world-wide patent cross-license and settlement agreement with NVIDIA Corporation; and (iv) intellectual property and joint development matters in connection with entering into agreements to expand the NAND Flash memory joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology
  • Kodak, in connection with (i) its worldwide patent cross-licenses with Agfa, Samsung and LG and (ii) its worldwide restructuring, including the sale of its portfolio of 1,100 digital imaging patents to Intellectual Ventures, and a series of associated patent licensing transactions with 12 licensees including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Samsung, Amazon, Adobe, Fujifilm, HTC, Huawei, Research in Motion and Shutterfly
  • McCartney Productions Limited, in an agreement with Hewlett Packard to digitize and deliver via a private cloud the music and content library of former Beatle Paul McCartney
  • Skype, in its agreement with Facebook to make Skype products and services available on Facebook platforms
Mergers & Acquisitions
  • AkzoNobel, in the $1.05 billion sale of its North American Decorative Paints business to PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Amgen, in its $10.5 billion acquisition of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and in its $1.16 billion acquisition of Micromet, Inc.
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, in its $20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it does not already own in Grupo Modelo and in the related sales of Compañía Cervecera de Coahuila for $2.9 billion, and a 50% interest in Crown Imports for $1.85 billion, to Constellation Brands as part of its divestiture of U.S. trademark and other rights in Modelo brands including “Corona”
  • Apollo Tyres, in its pending $2.5 billion acquisition of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, later terminated
  • Avon Products, in the sale of its 75% ownership interest in Avon Japan to TPG
  • Bayer HealthCare, subsidiary of Bayer AG, in its $1.2 billion acquisition of Conceptus, Inc.
  • Cablevision, in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Bresnan Communications
  • CLS Bank, in its outsourcing to IBM of IT infrastructure essential to the global financial system
  • Collective Brands, Inc., in its $2 billion sale to a consortium including Wolverine Worldwide, Blum Capital Partners and Golden Gate Capital
  • Cúram Software, in its acquisition by IBM Corporation
  • Fiserv in its $465 million acquisition of CashEdge
  • Gildan Activewear, in its $350 million acquisition of Gold Toe Moretz
  • Michael Rubin, CEO of GSI Commerce, in the $2.4 billion acquisition of GSI Commerce by eBay
  • HSBC Holdings, in the $2.6 billion sale of its credit card and retail services business in the United States to Capital One Financial Corporation
  • Idenix Pharmaceuticals in its $3.85 billion acquisition by Merck
  • ING Groep, in the $3.1 billion sale of ING Bank of Canada (ING Direct Canada) to The Bank of Nova Scotia and the $9 billion sale of its ING Direct USA online banking operation to Capital One Financial Corp.
  • The Heyman family, in its $3.2 billion sale of International Specialty Products (ISP) to Ashland
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in its establishment of the Broad Institute for biomedical research with Harvard University, affiliated hospitals and The Whitehead Institute
  • Milacron, on its acquisition by CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC from Avenue Capital Group for an undisclosed amount
  • Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation in its sale and purchase agreement with ThyssenKrupp AG and ArcelorMittal SA under which Nippon Steel and ArcelorMittal have agreed to purchase ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC for approximately $1.55 billion
  • Nippon Steel, in its agreement with Ternium S.A. to form a $350 million joint venture in Mexico
  • Novartis, in connection with a collaboration with Cerimon Pharmaceuticals
  • PacWest Bancorp, parent of Pacific Western Bank in the $35 million acquisition of Marquette Equipment Finance, LLC from Meridian Bank, N.A.
  • Parthus, in connection with the merger with a spin-out from DSP Group, to form ParthusCeva
  • Pharmasset, in its $11 billion acquisition by Gilead Sciences
  • Popular, in the sale of a 51% interest in its processing subsidiary, EVERTEC, and related processing, merchant acquiring and technology businesses, to Apollo Management, through the establishment of a $900 million joint venture
  • Rhône Capital, in connection with its $1.3 billion simultaneous acquisitions of (i) Evonik Carbon Black and related entities (the ECB Group); and (ii) the ECB Group’s Chinese joint venture
  • An investor consortium led by Silver Lake Partners, in the $2 billion acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype Technologies, S.A. from eBay, Inc., including the resolution of all intellectual property disputes with Skype’s founders
  • Silver Lake Partners and Skype, in connection with the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
  • UnitedHealth Group Inc., a UnitedHealth Group company, in its acquisition of XLHealth Corporation
  • United Rentals, Inc., in its $4.2 billion acquisition of RSC Holdings, Inc. from Oak Hill Capital Partners LP
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals, in its acquisition of PreCision Dermatology for $475 million in cash, plus an additional $25 million payable upon the achievement of a sales-based milestone and in its $2.6 billion acquisition of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation
  • VeriFone Systems, in its $485 million acquisition of Hypercom Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Securities, in connection with the transfer of Citadel Securities’ investment banking business to Wells Fargo Securities for an undisclosed amount
  • Zynga, in its acquisition of NaturalMotion Ltd. for $527 million in cash and equity