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Kathleen M. Porter

Kathleen M. Porter

Robinson & Cole LLP

Boston, MA, USA


Kathleen Porter is an intellectual property and technology partner in the Business Transactions Practice Group, and former chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. Her practice straddles the areas of intellectual property, business transactions, data privacy and trade regulation.

International Ms. Porter regularly counsels international companies on their entry and expansion into the U.S. market, including selecting an entity, coordinating employment terms and visas applications, “Americanizing” standard agreements and coordinating introductions to insurance, leasing, PEO and other service providers.

Privacy  Ms. Porter counsels organizations on the development and implementation of data security and privacy practices to comply with the patchwork of laws and rules applicable to the collection, use, safeguarding, sharing, and transfer of protected or personal data. She regularly structures arrangements with promoters, marketers, website exchanges, and other third parties for the purchase, sale, sharing, and safeguarding of personal data. Ms. Porter prepares and negotiates representations, warranties, and indemnities regarding personal or protected data and privacy and data practices for commercial and M&A transactions. She assists clients with privacy audits and works with third-party certification organizations to obtain certification of the organization’s privacy practices. She guides clients through internal investigations to assess and address notice and other obligations regarding privacy breaches. Ms. Porter often works closely with our litigation attorneys to manage external investigations such as those by federal or state regulators.

Intellectual Property; Information Technology Ms. Porter counsels clients on the development, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property and technology. In particular, online contracting, electronic signatures, mobile applications, online promotions and testimonials and electronic signatures. She also has significant experience negotiating U.S. and cross border commercial agreements, including distribution, SaaS, representative, manufacturing, licensing, development, outsourcing, services,  BPO, systems and software acquisitions and equipment leasing arrangements, technology support and maintenance, strategic alliances, and other collaboration agreements.



Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® as Boston Lawyer of the Year 2013 in the area of Information Technology Law.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®  in the areas of Information Technology since 2009

Regular speaker and author on data privacy and technology issues in commercial transactions, including at PLI’s Privacy & Data Security Conference (Chicago) on privacy and data security aspects of information technology agreements.

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