Daniel Ilan is a partner based in the New York office.
Mr. Ilan's practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) law. He regularly counsels global clients on diverse issues relating to protection and exploitation of IP assets. Mr. Ilan has particular expertise in IP and technology transactions, including IP licensing, IP acquisitions and sales, IP settlement agreements, R&D agreements, joint ventures and other strategic collaborations. Mr. Ilan also has extensive experience 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 IT, telecommunications and the Internet, arts, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, medical equipment, financial services, consumer goods and fashion.
Mr. Ilan's recent clients have included Google Inc., Nortel Networks, the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, Goldman Sachs, TPG Capital, Ricoh, América Móvil, Citibank, Warburg Pincus, GlaxoSmithKline and the Cunningham Dance Foundation.
Mr. Ilan has been the firm's lead IP counsel in its representation of 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
. Mr. Ilan 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.
Mr. Ilan represented 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 and its $2.35 billion sale of Google's Motorola Mobility Home Business to ARRIS Group. Recently, he also represented Suntory Holdings Limited in its $16 billion acquisition of Beam Inc., Biomet and other parties in the $13.35 billion sale of Biomet to Zimmer Holdings, Sabre Corporation, owner of Travelocity, in its initial public offering, Warburg Pincus in the $6 billion sale of Neiman Marcus and the acquisition of the websites business of Intuit Corporation, Scientific Games in its acquisition of WMS Industries, a designer and distributor of video gaming devices, and Stanley Black & Decker in the acquisition of Aeroscout, a global leader in Wi-Fi-based Unified Asset Visibility.
Mr. Ilan has significant experience in representing prominent tech companies and private equity firms in their acquisitions of and investments in start-ups, including, most recently, Google in 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); the Home Depot in its acquisition of Red Beacon, a home services marketplace web company; TPG in its investment in Uber, an app that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire; Sony in its acquisition of Gaikai, a leading interactive cloud-based gaming start-up; Viking Global Investors in its investment in Adaptive Biotechnologies, a pioneer in immunosequencing diagnostics; and América Móvil in its investments in Mobli, a photo and video sharing app and in Sport195, a global social networking app for sports fans.
Mr. Ilan also handles significant media & entertainment matters, such as his representation of 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 Barilla in connection with its sponsorship of a concert by tenor Andrea Bocelli at Central Park.
Mr. Ilan regularly writes and speaks on diverse IP matters. He spoke numerous times at the Practicing Law Institute and the Fordham IP Conference, and recently spoke at The Conference Board, the American Conference Institute's Advance Forum on Life Science Conference and the City Bar of New York. He also recently co-authored "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) and "European Antitrust and Patent Acquisitions: Trolls in the Patent Thickets" (Competition Law International
, August 2012, with Maurits Dolmans) and authored "Trademark Licensing in M&A Deals: Some Strategic Considerations for Sellers and Buyers" (The Licensing Journal
, September 2009). Mr. Ilan was profiled in The Deal
magazine's special issue on "Movers and Shakers" and corporate philanthropy (December 2010).
Mr. Ilan 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.
Mr. Ilan is a member of the Bar in New York and the Israel Bar and is also a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. His native language is Hebrew. He is also fluent in English and is proficient in Spanish and French.