Nader Mousavi

Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Nader A. Mousavi is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Palo Alto office and is co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Group and the Firm’s Cybersecurity Group. A leader in the field of technology and intellectual property transactions and strategy, Mr. Mousavi has been recognized as a 2017 IP Trailblazer by the National Law Journal, as one of the “The World’s Leading IP Strategists” and “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) for Strategy 300 (2015, 2016) and Patent 1000 (2012-2017) and as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by Daily Journal (2012). He is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School (2015-2017), where he teaches a course on Patent and Technology Licensing.

Mr. Mousavi focuses his practice on the intellectual property and technology aspects of high-stakes transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, spin-outs, joint ventures, collaborations, financings, licenses and settlements. He has extensive experience in the licensing and transfer of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, know-how, content, pharmaceuticals, data, software and other technology.

His clients have included Alcatel-Lucent, Alibaba, Amgen, Anheuser-Busch InBev, AT&T, Bayer, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Dish Network, Dolby, Eastman Kodak, Intel, Kraft Foods, the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Pharmasset, Royal Philips, Silver Lake Partners, Skype, Stemcentrx, TeliaSonera, Teva and the Alphabet companies Verily Life Sciences and Waymo. Mr. Mousavi has been the lead outside counsel in connection with patent licensing transactions involving more than $5 billion in royalties, and in connection with mergers and acquisitions with an aggregate value in excess of $300 billion.

Mr. Mousavi is a member of the Advisory Board for Stanford Law School’s Program in Law, Science & Technology and is the law school’s National Reunion Chair.

Before joining Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Mr. Mousavi was a partner at WilmerHale, cofounder of the Palo Alto office of WilmerHale, and general counsel of a telecommunications software company through its acquisition. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and his law degree from Stanford Law School.

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