Daniel Ilan’s practice focuses on intellectual property law.

He regularly counsels global clients on diverse issues relating to protection and exploitation of IP assets.

Daniel has particular experience in IP- and technology-related transactions and related IP and privacy law advice, including in connection with mergers, acquisitions and sales, spin-outs and divestitures, financing, settlement agreements, research and development agreements, joint ventures, and other strategic collaborations. He has significant experience in purchasing, selling and licensing patents, trademarks, software, data and other IP assets, including representing leading multinational corporations and private equity firms in their acquisitions of and investments in various technologies

Notably, Daniel has served as Cleary’s lead IP counsel to Nortel Networks, including in Nortel’s unprecedented $4.5 billion auction sale of more than 6,000 patents to a consortium that included Apple and Microsoft, the largest stand-alone patent sale in history. He also represented Google on numerous matters, including its $2.9 billion sale of Motorola’s mobile devices business to Lenovo, its $2.35 billion sale of Motorola’s home business to ARRIS Group and its $1 billion investment in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX).

Daniel also handles significant media, arts and entertainment matters, and he is a member of the board of directors of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, a preeminent legal aid organization providing pro bono legal representation to artists, fashion designers and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.

Daniel joined the firm in 2000 and became a partner in 2015. From 2000 to 2005, he was resident in the Brussels office and, from 2005 to 2006, he was resident in the Paris office.

Notable Experience

  • Google on numerous matters, including its recent $1 billion investment in Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), its $2.9 billion sale of Motorola Mobility’s mobile devices business to Lenovo, its $2.35 billion sale of Google’s Motorola Mobility Home Business to ARRIS Group, and its acquisitions of Waze Mobile (the Israeli community-based traffic and navigation app), DeepMind Technologies Limited (a London-based artificial intelligence company) and Redwood Robotics, Inc. (a developer of robotic mobile arms).

  • Verizon Communications Inc. in its approximately $2.4 billion acquisition of Fleetmatics Group PLC, a leading provider of mobile workforce solutions for service-based businesses.

  • Nortel Networks, including in Nortel’s unprecedented $4.5 billion auction sale of more than 6,000 patents to a consortium that included Apple and Microsoft, the largest stand-alone patent sale in history; and on other IP matters relating to Nortel’s ongoing bankruptcy, including its highly complicated asset sales, such as the divestitures of its 3G and 4G wireless businesses and the Optical and Ethernet business.

  • Open Text Corporation in its pending $1.6 billion acquisition of EMC’s enterprise content division, its $1.165 billion acquisition of GXS Group and its acquisition of customer experience and customer communications management software businesses from HP Inc.

  • Samsonite in its acquisition of Tumi.

  • Sony in its acquisition of Gaikai, a leading interactive cloud-based gaming start-up.

  • TPG in its acquisition of Envision Pharmaceutical Holdings, a national, full-service pharmacy benefit management company; in TPG’s subsequent $2 billion sale of Envision to Rite Aid Corporation; and in TPG’s investment in Uber.

  • Warburg Pincus in the $6 billion sale of Neiman Marcus and the acquisition of the websites business of Intuit Corporation.

  • The Raine Group in the formation of a joint venture with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the “South Park” television series and “The Book of Mormon” musical production, and in its investment in Imagine Entertainment, the film and television production company led by longtime partners Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

  • América Móvil in its investments in Mobli, a photo and video sharing app and in Sport195, a global social networking app for sports fans. 

  • Scientific Games in its acquisition of WMS Industries, a designer and distributor of video gaming devices.

  • Stanley Black & Decker in the acquisition of Aeroscout, a global leader in Wi-Fi-based Unified Asset Visibility.

  • Barilla in connection with its sponsorship of a concert by tenor Andrea Bocelli at Central Park.

  • Biomet and other parties in the $13.35 billion sale of Biomet to Zimmer Holdings.

  • Home Depot in its acquisition of Red Beacon, a home services marketplace web company.

  • The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in a complex licensing and sale of approximately 200,000 prints, negatives and other items (and related copyrights) created by celebrated photographers Harry Shunk and János Kender to five of the world’s leading art institutions (the Getty Research Institute, The Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, Centre Pompidou and Tate), a first-of-its-kind arrangement establishing a consortium among the institutions that both receive and share the materials.

  • ABB Ltd. in its $1 billion acquisition of Power-One, Inc. and in the subsequent disposition of certain Power-One subsidiaries.

  • Sabre Corporation, owner of Travelocity, in its initial public offering.

  • Suntory Holdings Limited in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc.

See More


  • “No Laches, More Problems: SCA Hygiene’s Impact on M&A,” Law360, May 1, 2017
  • New York Cybersecurity Regulations for Financial Institutions Enter Into Effect,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, March 3, 2017
  • Privacy in M&A Transactions: Navigating the Traps,” Cleary M&A and Corporate Governance Watch blog, October 24, 2016
  • New York Proposes First-of-its-Kind Cybersecurity Regulation,” Cleary Gottlieb Alert Memo, September 20, 2016
  • “Halo Magnifies Patent Infringement Risks In M&A,” Law360, July 15, 2016.
  • “Supreme Court Curbs Patentability of Computerized Business Methods,” Intellectual Property and Law Journal, September 2014.
  • “Supreme Court Finds “First Sale” Copyright Doctrine Applies to Copies Lawfully Made and First Sold Abroad,” Intellectual Property and Law Journal, June 2013.
  • “Reselling Resale Royalties to America – A Path Forward for the Equality for Visual Artists Act?” Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Fall/Winter 2012, with Megan Prunella.
  • “Congress Makes Substantial Changes to Patent Law with the America Invents Act,” Intellectual Property & Technology Law Journal, December 2011.
  • “European Antitrust and Patent Acquisitions: Trolls in the Patent Thickets,” Competition Law International, August 2012, with Maurits Dolmans.
  • “Trademark Licensing in M&A Deals: Some Strategic Considerations for Sellers and Buyers,” The Licensing Journal, September 2009.