5496Recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal (2012) and one of the top “40 under 40” business professionals by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (2007), Nader A. Mousavi is a partner and co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He joined the Firm in May 2010.

Mr. Mousavi’s practice includes advising clients on intellectual property and technology issues in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters. These transactions include: mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, collaborations, financings, licensing, outsourcing, monetization, research and development, manufacturing, commercialization, settlements

Mr. Mousavi has extensive experience representing companies and investors in a variety of intellectual property-intensive industries, including software, semiconductors, communications, Internet, media, services, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, clean technologies and financial institutions. Mr. Mousavi was counsel to Silver Lake Partners and Skype in connection with the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, he joined TCS, an early-stage telecommunications software (SaaS) company, where he led strategy and legal affairs as TCS pioneered the “softswitch” and ultimately was acquired by a leading broadband equipment company. Following the acquisition, Mr. Mousavi served as senior counsel for the acquirer until joining Hale and Dorr (now part of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr) in 2001. Mr. Mousavi later also served on secondment to Cisco Systems as lead technology counsel to Cisco’s IP communications business unit. He became a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2008 and co-founded the firm’s Palo Alto office before joining Sullivan & Cromwell.

Awards and Recognitions

  • IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012)
  • Daily Journal – named as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” (2012)
  • The American Lawyer – named as one of the “Lateral All-Stars,” a list honoring the most significant partner moves of the year (2010)
  • IAM Licensing 250: The World’s Leading Patent and Technology Licensing Lawyers (2010, 2011)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – recognized for IT and Outsourcing (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal – recognized as one of the top “40 under 40” business professionals in Silicon Valley (2007)
  • Regional Finalist, White House Fellows Program (2005)
  • Boston Business Journal – recognized as one of the top “40 under 40” business professionals in Boston (2004)
  • Boston Bar Association – selected as one of 10 “Public Interest Leaders” in Greater Boston (2003)

Previous and Pending Transactions

  • American Express, in its joint venture with vente-privee.com to launch an online platform for private sales of luxury goods in the United States
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, in its pending $20.1 billion acquisition of the remaining stake it does not already own in Grupo Modelo
  • ASML, in worldwide patent cross-licenses with Nikon and Canon
  • AVEO, in connection with its biomedical collaborations with Merck
  • Avon Products, in the sale of its 75% ownership interest in Avon Japan to TPG
  • Broadcom, in various IP transactions, including alliances with Nokia for smartphone technologies
  • Cablevision, in its $1.4 billion acquisition of Bresnan Communications
  • Cisco, in numerous IP transactions relating to its IP communications and wireless business units
  • Cúram Software, in its acquisition by IBM Corporation
  • Fiserv, in its $465 million acquisition of CashEdge
  • Gildan Activewear, in its $350 million acquisition of Gold Toe Moretz
  • Michael Rubin, CEO of GSI Commerce, in the $2.4 billion acquisition of GSI Commerce by eBay
  • HSBC Holdings, in the $2.6 billion sale of its credit card and retail services business in the United States to Capital One Financial Corporation
  • ING Groep, in the $3.1 billion sale of ING Bank of Canada (ING Direct Canada) to The Bank of Nova Scotia and the $9 billion sale of its ING Direct USA online banking operation to Capital One Financial Corp.
  • Intel, in connection with (i) its worldwide patent cross-license and settlement with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD); (ii) its patent agreement with GlobalFoundries; (iii) its worldwide patent cross-license and settlement agreement with NVIDIA Corporation; and (iv) intellectual property and joint development matters in connection with entering into agreements to expand the NAND Flash memory joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology
  • The Heyman family, in its $3.2 billion sale of International Specialty Products (ISP) to Ashland
  • Kodak, in connection with (i) its worldwide patent cross-licenses with Agfa, Samsung and LG and (ii) its worldwide restructuring, including the pending sale of its portfolio of 1,100 digital imaging patents to Intellectual Ventures, and series of associated patent licensing transactions with 12 licensees including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Samsung, Amazon, Adobe, Fujifilm, HTC, Huawei, Research in Motion and Shutterfly
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in its establishment of the Broad Institute for biomedical research with Harvard University, affiliated hospitals and The Whitehead Institute
  • McCartney Productions Limited, in an agreement with Hewlett Packard to digitize and deliver via a private cloud the music and content library of former Beatle Paul McCartney
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals, in connection with collaborations with Bayer and Johnson & Johnson
  • Nippon Steel, in its agreement with Ternium S.A. to form a $350 million joint venture in Mexico
  • Novartis, in connection with a collaboration with Cerimon Pharmaceuticals
  • Parthus, in connection with the merger with a spin-out from DSP Group, to form ParthusCeva
  • Pharmasset, in its $11 billion acquisition by Gilead Sciences
  • Popular, in the sale of a 51% interest in its processing subsidiary, EVERTEC, and related processing, merchant acquiring and technology businesses, to Apollo Management, through the establishment of a $900 million joint venture
  • Q-Cells AG, in its alliance with Solaria, including technical cooperation and silicon supply agreements
  • Rhône Capital, in connection with its $1.3 billion simultaneous acquisitions of (i) Evonik Carbon Black and related entities (the ECB Group); and (ii) the ECB Group’s Chinese joint venture
  • An investor consortium led by Silver Lake Partners, in the $2 billion acquisition of a 65% interest in Skype Technologies, S.A. from eBay, Inc., including the resolution of all intellectual property disputes with Skype’s founders
  • Silver Lake Partners and Skype, in connection with the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft
  • Skype in its widely reported agreement with Facebook to make Skype products and services available on Facebook platforms
  • Softbank, in structuring a joint venture in Japan with Zynga Game Network
  • VeriFone Systems, in its $485 million acquisition of Hypercom Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Securities, in connection with the transfer of Citadel Securities’ investment banking business to Wells Fargo Securities for an undisclosed amount

Professional Activities

Mr. Mousavi is a frequent speaker on intellectual property and technology matters, including at Stanford Law School, the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, the Practising Law Institute and various other professional organizations and conferences.

He 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. Mr. Mousavi is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, and a former member of the board of directors of PARSA Community Foundation.

Mr. Mousavi is a former member of the California Council of Champions for Citizen Schools, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing after-school education for middle-school children, and since 2001, he regularly volunteered as a Citizen Teacher in Citizen Schools’ mock trial program. He is also a founding member of the Northern California Chapter of the Iranian-American Bar Association.


  • “The Evolving Role of Intellectual Property in M&A Transactions,” Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine (July/August 2011)
  • “Reach-Through Rights and the Patentability, Enforcement, and Licensing of Patents on Drug Discovery Tools,” Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal (Winter 2009) (co-author)
  • “Deals An Evolving Art – New Focus on Accounting Standards May Lead Companies to Resist Deal-making Structures,” Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (March 23, 2007) (co-author)
  • “Open Secrets: How Public Records Laws Can Hamper Public-Private Research Partnerships,” Biotech Briefing (Spring 2006) (co-author)
  • “When the Public Does Not Have a Right to Know: How the California Public Records Act is Deterring Bioscience Research and Development,” Duke Law and Technology Review (2005)