Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Emerging technologies and rapid innovation across technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) continue to shape the opportunities and challenges facing multinational corporations, growth companies, startups, private equity and venture capital funds alike.

Supporting these sectors is a key priority for Choate. Our lawyers’ advanced backgrounds in law, science, and engineering, coupled with deep industry experience, ensure our clients that we have the right team to support their growth at each stage of the corporate lifecycle. Our multidisciplinary team of transactional, litigation and IP attorneys leverage their keen understanding of key markets and players to counsel clients around the world.

Transactional

Our Technology Experience

Our clients are active in all aspects of technology, including SaaS, big data and analytics, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data centers and MSPs, E-Commerce, FinTech, Health IT, information technology, IoT, nanotechnology, online gaming, Open Source, PaaS, robotics, software development and licensing, and wearable technology.

Lawyers at Choate have advised:

  • Educate Online in its growth equity round from existing investors
  • Geofeedia, a location-based intelligence platform, in its growth equity round
  • Application service provider Intralinks in its acquisition of content sharing platform Verilume
  • Quadrant LLC, a provider of application modernization and management solutions, in its sale to Fresche Solutions
  • Great Hill Partners in the purchase of a majority stake in cloud services provider EvolveIP
  • Silversmith Capital in its growth equity investment in digital marketing solutions pioneer Impact Radius
  • INetU, a managed hosting provider, in its sale to a strategic competitor
  • Capstone Ventures and Petrillo Capital in their financing of Cybric, a provider of continuous security-as-a-service platform

Our Media Experience

Our experience reaches across the sector, including new and traditional media companies, cable providers, online and mobile, B-to-B providers, publishers and digital platforms, social developers, television and radio broadcasters, sports financing operations, and digital marketers and advertisers.

Lawyers at Choate have advised:

  • The Tennis Channel in its $350 million sale to The Sinclair Broadcast Group
  • Columbia Capital in its growth equity investment in interactive media company RockYou
  • Spectrum Equity in its growth equity investment in digital media company Extreme Reach
  • Pegasystems in its acquisition of Antenna Software, a mobile application development leader
  • Summit Partners in its sale of Wildfire, a social media marketing company, to Google
    • Video search platform company Tunespotter, Inc. in its seed financing

Our Telecommunications Experience

Our team has the experience and dedicated understanding necessary to guide companies in the telecommunications space, including broadband and fiber networks, cloud computing, data centers and MSPs, towers, and wireless and wireline telephony.

Lawyers at Choate have advised:

  • Summit Partners in its growth equity investment in Fuze (formerly ThinkingPhones), a global cloud-based unified communications platform
  • FirstLight Fiber in its sale to Oak Hill Capital Partners
  • Phoenix Tower International in its tower portfolio acquisition of Dominican Republic based Servicios Ampliados de Telefonos, S.A (SATEL)
  • M/C Partners in its growth equity investment in Denovo Ventures, LLC, a provider of ERP cloud hosting, managed services and consulting services
  • Latisys Holdings, LLC in its sale to Zayo Group Holdings, Inc., an international provider of bandwidth infrastructure services
  • Seaborn Networks, a leader in submarine broadband systems, in its equity investment from the International Finance Corporation
  • GTS Central Europe in its $546 million sale to Deutsche Telekom
  • Columbia Capital in its take private transaction of euNetworks, a Singapore-listed bandwidth infrastructure provider operating in Europe
  • OneWeb on its investment from Qualcomm and Virgin 

Litigation

Choate has extensive experience advising, and litigating on behalf of, major media outlets with respect to both the broadcast/publication and business issues uniquely facing media clients. We routinely provide pre-broadcast/publication advice concerning, and have extensively litigated, a broad range of issues including copyright/fair use, defamation, fraud, libel, newsgathering techniques, privacy, trespass/premises liability and wiretap/electronic surveillance.

Additionally, our lawyers have advised on and litigated numerous business and market issues faced by media clients, including advertising relationships, affiliation agreements, antitrust, ratings agencies disputes, regulatory approvals and obligations, and retransmission rights.

Lawyers at Choate have been involved in:

  • Federal court litigation in Boston challenging termination of affiliation agreement claiming breach of contract, antitrust laws and statutes prohibiting unfair and deceptive trade practices. (WHDH-TV v. Comcast)
  • Federal Court Litigation in Miami challenging new ratings system that fundamentally and erroneously changed rating results, claiming breaches of contract and antitrust laws. (WSVN-TV v. Nielsen)
  • A challenge against a national network’s change of evening schedule as breach of contract. (WHDH v. NBC)
  • A high profile prior restraint case involving injunction against broadcaster from publishing autopsy results showing firefighters who died in fire had substantial amounts of illegal drugs in their systems. (Boston Firefighters Union v. WHDH)
  • Litigated groundbreaking case in Massachusetts establishing public right to access to court records. (Richard Sharp matter)
  • Twenty-plus defamation and libel claims.
  • Multiple cases challenging newsgathering techniques.

Intellectual Property

Lawyers and advisers at Choate understand how to help clients navigate the market’s strategic opportunities and considerable risks. From prosecution, freedom to operate and landscape analysis/strategic portfolio planning and post-grant proceedings to litigation, we offer TMT clients a full range of IP counseling.

Lawyers at Choate have advised:

  • Hewlett-Packard in its litigation against Oracle Corp.
  • EMC Corporation in trade secrets litigation brought against Pure Storage
  • Knotch, a leading, independent provider of real-time intelligence on digital marketing, on IP and third party issues
  • Cogito, a real time VoIP data analytics provider in its trademark and patent prosecutions
  • Akamai in patent infringement action against Limelight

 

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