Daniel Ilan is counsel based in the New York office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP. Mr. Ilan's practice focuses on intellectual property (IP) law. He regularly counsels global clients on diverse issues relating to protection and exploitation of IP assets. Mr. Ilan has particular expertise in IP and technology transactions, including IP licensing, IP acquisitions and sales, IP settlement agreements, R&D agreements and other strategic collaborations. Mr. Ilan has extensive experience in IP issues arising in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, spin-offs, public offerings, IP financing and collateralization and bankruptcy. He also has extensive experience counseling clients on technology standardization and related IP contribution and licensing. His diverse industry experience includes software and IT, telecommunications and the Internet, arts, media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, medical equipment, financial services, consumer goods and fashion.
Mr. Ilan has been the firm’s lead IP counsel in its representation of Nortel Networks, including in Nortel’s unprecedented $4.5 billion auction sale of more than 6,000 patents to a consortium that included Apple and Microsoft, the largest stand-alone patent sale in history. The Nortel sale has been described as “the tipping point for perceptions of intellectual property” by IAM magazine and named a “Deal of the Year” by The Deal, International Financial Law Review and Managing IP. Mr. Ilan also led the IP representation of Nortel Networks Inc. in its recent groundbreaking sale of IP addresses to Microsoft, as well as on other IP matters relating to Nortel’s ongoing bankruptcy, including its highly complicated asset sales, such as the divestitures of its 3G and 4G wireless businesses, Enterprise Solutions Business and optical and Ethernet business. The Nortel asset sales, collectively, were named Investment Dealer’s Digest’s Telecom Deal of 2009.
Recently, Mr. Ilan also represented Google and Motorola Mobility in the pending $2.35 billion sale of the Motorola Home business to ARRIS Group, Inc., Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of the Endurance International Group, and subsequently Endurance in its acquisitions of HostGator and the websites business of Intuit Corporation, the Home Depot in its acquisition of Redbeacon, a home services marketplace web company and Italian food company Barilla in connection with its sponsorship of the concert by tenor Andrea Bocelli at Central Park’s Great Lawn on September 15, 2011. Mr. Ilan also represented Hewlett-Packard in its $12.8 billion acquisition of Electronic Data Systems Corporation (EDS), hailed as one of the top ten business deals of 2009 by TIME magazine; Ricoh Company in its formation of a joint venture, Infoprint Solutions Company, to purchase the printing systems division of IBM, as well as related licensing issues; Barclays Capital in its 2008 acquisition of Lehman Brothers’ North American investment banking and capital markets business, which won International Financial Law Review’s Americas M&A Deal of the Year; and GlaxoSmithKline in its acquisitions of Stiefel Laboratories, Genelabs Technologies and Reliant Pharmaceuticals.