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, including licensing, acquisitions and sales, settlement agreements, research and development agreements, joint ventures and other strategic collaborations. He also has an extensive background in IP issues arising in public offerings, IP collateralization and bankruptcy, as well as in technology standardization and related IP contribution and licensing. His diverse industry experience includes software and information technology, telecommunications and the Internet, arts, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, medical equipment, financial services, consumer goods and fashion.
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. The Nortel sale has been described as "the tipping point for perceptions of intellectual property" by IAM magazine and named a "Deal of the Year" by The Deal, International Financial Law Review and Managing IP. He also led the IP representation of Nortel 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.
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.
ABB Ltd. in its $1 billion acquisition of Power-One, Inc. and in the subsequent disposition of certain Power-One subsidiaries.
América Móvil in its investments in Mobli, a photo and video sharing app and in Sport195, a global social networking app for sports fans.
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.
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).
Home Depot in its acquisition of Red Beacon, a home services marketplace web company.
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 $1.165 billion acquisition of GXS Group and its acquisition of customer experience and customer communications management software businesses from HP Inc.
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.
Sabre Corporation, owner of Travelocity, in its initial public offering.
Samsonite in its acquisition of Tumi.
Scientific Games in its acquisition of WMS Industries, a designer and distributor of video gaming devices.
Sony in its acquisition of Gaikai, a leading interactive cloud-based gaming start-up.
Stanley Black & Decker in the acquisition of Aeroscout, a global leader in Wi-Fi-based Unified Asset Visibility.
Suntory Holdings Limited in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc.
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.
"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.
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