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Winstead merges legal and technical experience to craft innovative solutions to our clients’ rapidly evolving transactional, litigation and patent prosecution needs. We work collaboratively across many practice areas within the firm to ensure the most efficient, targeted and cost-effective representation. 

With a long history of working with emerging and mid-market businesses, Winstead is deeply involved in the life sciences and healthcare industries, including such specialized areas as biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology. The depth of our legal and technical knowledge enables us to identify opportunities, anticipate problems, and provide effective solutions for our clients.

Winstead has devoted significant time to the following types of matters impacting healthcare and life sciences companies:

  • Business Entity Formation
  • Distribution Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Transactions & Litigation
  • Manufacturing & Supply Agreements
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Patent Prosecutions
  • Procurement of Trademarks & Copyrights
  • Public Offerings, including IPOs
  • Software License & Development Agreements
  • Technology License & Transfer Agreements
  • Venture Capital, Private Equity & Other Financing

Winstead’s attorneys merge legal and business experience to serve companies and startups that are on the leading edge of
the following fields:

  • Application Service Providers
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Hardware & Software
  • Electronics
  • Information Technology
  • Internet and eCommerce
  • Life Sciences
  • New Medical Technology
  • Mobile Health & Telemedicine
  • Nanotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Telecommunications

Areas of Service:

Corporate Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Preparation and negotiation of corporate partnership and strategic alliance agreements
  • Initial and follow-on public offerings
  • Liquidity-related corporate transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring
  • Advice on tax laws, including Section 1202 small business qualifying stock regulations
  • Handling of government and internal investigation matters
  • Public-private partnership transactions
  • Negotiation of equity and debt capital financing
  • Transferring of existing businesses and new investment opportunities to trusts in order to minimize transfer taxes and increase asset protection

Intellectual Property

  • Procurement of intellectual property rights
  • Litigation to enforce and defend intellectual property rights
  • Litigation to enforce and defend license and joint venture rights
  • Preparation and prosecution of patent, copyright, and trademark applications
  • Building and management of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret portfolios
  • Development of licensing programs, including the preparation and negotiation of licensing agreements
  • Preparation and negotiation of material transfer, collaboration, and sponsored research agreements
  • Preparation of intellectual property-related opinions, including freedom to operate opinions, patentability opinions, and intellectual property infringement

Investment Management & Private Funds

  • Corporate finance and capital-raising transactions
  • Formation of private funds focused on life sciences and technology
  • Structuring and tax planning
  • Seed Investments

Regulatory Compliance

  • Assistance with regulatory compliance, including clinical trials through the Food and Drug
  • Administration
  • Healthcare privacy and data protection
  • Ensuring compliance with federal and state securities laws for public and private companies
  • Maintenance of government contracts and grants

Real Estate Development & Investments

  • Acquisition, disposition & development
  • Partnerships and strategic joint ventures
  • Zoning, land use and economic development
  • Construction
  • Financing & Loan restructuring
  • Mixed-use projects
  • Medical office condominiums
  • Leasing
  • Resolution of real estate disputes

Labor, Employment & Immigration

  • Labor relations matters and associated disputes,
  • Employer-employee regulatory compliance,
  • Employment agreements
  • Executive compensation
  • I-9 compliance audits, and visas for skilled workers employed by corporations and organizations