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Babst Calland’s Emerging Technologies practice provides the full spectrum of technology, commercial and transactions, intellectual property, regulatory and safety compliance, mobility and autonomy, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and automation matters to meet the legal and business needs of energy clients developing or investing in new technologies, new companies, and new ideas.

The Firm’s Emerging Technologies practice provides representation in the following key areas:

Corporate and Commercial, including representing and advising companies in early stage development, from formation and formation-related matters, to venture, private equity and debt funding, and exit planning (mergers and acquisitions or IPO.) The team specializes in supporting clients developing tech-driven energy solutions, including  SaaS, Big Data, IoT, AI and robotics products and services for the energy industry. Additionally, we are invested in the regional innovation economies where we practice, and we leverage our deep cross-sector industry experience to provide our early-stage clients with education, mentorship, business counseling, strategic connections and access to resources, as appropriate.

Mobility, Transport and Safety, including supporting and driving regulatory, safety compliance matters, strategy and agency proceedings, data privacy/security counseling, as well as general business counseling and contract negotiation related to mobility and transportation systems increasingly utilized by energy clients, such as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), robotic systems, and satellite data and communications. Among other things, we provide strategic leadership and insights to to energy clients looking to leverage new technologies to drive innovation, efficiencies, and cost-savings.

Intellectual Property, including the prosecution, licensing, and enforcement of patent, copyright, and trademark rights on behalf of our energy clients. Among other things we provide counseling on how to strategically protect inventive creations, domestically and in foreign jurisdictions, advice on freedom to operate, infringement studies, portfolio analyses, and white space evaluations, and the preparation and negotiation of commercial and employment documentation relating to the ownership, use, transfer, sharing, and joint development of existing and new intellectual property. Our team has experience successfully prosecuting software patents, software/hardware hybrid patents, and patents related to robotics, AI, and IoT technologies.

Turnkey Transaction and Document Management Services, including due diligence, AI-enabled document management, post-closing integration, and project management.

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“The Emerging Technologies practice serves the multidisciplinary legal and business needs of clients developing or investing in new technologies, new companies, and new ideas in the full spectrum of technology, commercial and transactions, intellectual property, compliance, transportation safety, product quality, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and automation matters.” – Justine M. Kasznica
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