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Technology: High Tech & Bio Tech

The legal environment for the technology industry is so sophisticated that top caliber legal counsel experienced in the domestic and international needs of technology companies is essential to commercial success. New England is considered one of the top technology centers in the United States, and McLane Middleton's attorneys have a strong understanding of the needs of both emerging and established technology companies, gained through the representation of numerous technology clients.

McLane Middleton's technology group provides a full range of legal services to technology clients in such vital areas as financing and venture capital; structuring and management of corporate governance; intellectual property; securities offerings; private placements; mergers and acquisitions; bankruptcy proceedings; contractual arrangements with employees, consultants and partners; drafting and implementation of pension and profit sharing plans; and general corporate and taxation advice.

Our services typically include negotiating development contracts; technology partnering; strategic alliances; joint marketing and development agreements; negotiating and structuring software/technology licensing, distribution, reseller and royalty arrangements; source code escrow agreements; representation in complex technology acquisitions, as well as drafting documentation in connection with the sale, licensing, support and maintenance of technology; distribution in foreign markets; selling and licensing via electronic or internet commerce; U.S. and international patent, trademark and copyright protection; and the maintenance and protection of economic interests in intellectual property.

When litigation is necessary, our attorneys provide the kind of practiced advocacy necessary to aggressively protect and secure our clients' interests. We have helped large software companies, such as Microsoft Corporation, protect their copyright ownership in software against piracy and counterfeiting. We have also represented small business software developers to protect their ownership interests in software code embedded in a larger product, as well as assisting companies in negotiating and settling Business Software Alliance copyright infringement claims.

Whether a small enterprise, a regional company or a multi-national giant, patents play a vital role in the development of new technology. Our technology group attorneys advise and assist inventors, in-house counsel and R&D to document, file, and defend their patents. We counsel our clients on all aspects of the complex processes behind these decisions, as well as helping to critically evaluate the invention to determine whether the benefits of patent protection will outweigh the costs of obtaining and maintaining the patent.

The attorneys at McLane Middleton uphold the firm's view that in the current marketplace, our clients with specialized businesses require equally specialized and expert legal services. McLane is an active member in Software Association of New Hampshire (SWANH), New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC), and the North Shore Technology Council (NSTC).

Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

Meet Our People

Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

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A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

The Firm

Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.