In an acquisition, IP due diligence can enable a buyer to make an appropriate offer, negotiate a lower price, or cancel an undesirable deal before it’s too late. A seller can determine whether it can deliver all the rights the buyer wants to purchase, remedy chain of title issues, strengthen its IP portfolio, if necessary, obtain necessary assignments, licenses or transition agreements, and appropriately tailor its representations, warranties and indemnification obligations in the purchase agreement.

At a strategic level, Munck Wilson Mandala’s IP due diligence can help you understand how the applicable IP assets relate to your business objectives, the strength of your portfolio, and the IP positions of competitors.

At a strategic level, Munck Wilson Mandala’s IP due diligence can help you understand how the applicable IP assets relate to your business objectives, the strength of your portfolio, and the IP positions of competitors.

If you are contemplating a commercial transaction, you need to have a thorough understanding of the value and risks associated with the transfer of your intangible assets. Whether looking to buy, sell, or evaluate, an intellectual property portfolio, Munck Wilson Mandala has extensive experience with the due diligence required for the transaction.

Our attorney team provides intellectual property due diligence services including identifying, assessing, and evaluating intellectual property assets in mergers, acquisitions or intellectual property sales. Measuring the portfolio’s value – which may include patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, brand names, and domain names – before contracts are signed, avoids pitfalls after the acquisition.

By leveraging Munck Wilson Mandala’s due diligence services, clients save time and expenses during significant business dealings. Whether for a transaction, an acquisition, or disposal of IP asset, or an important commercial transaction involving IP, our attorney team can conduct due diligence on the IP to support the transaction, including preparing or responding to IP due diligence questionnaires, reviewing IP contracts such as licenses or collaborations, checking entitlement of the IP, formalities and encumbrances on that IP.

Munck Wilson was established 25 years ago and focuses its services on high-tech company, innovator, investor and entrepreneur needs. Munck Wilson represents clients in matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, rights to name, image and likeness, or NIL, and other intellectual property disputes, as well as high-stakes and complex commercial litigation.

Law360 Pulse Sep. 26, 2022

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes Principal Attorney Lewis Schiel

Schiel is a registered patent attorney who brings nearly 11 years of legal experience in patent evaluation, preparation, and prosecution. This experience includes successfully prosecuting patents across industries domestically and abroad, evaluating products for evidence of patent infringement, and preparation of claim charts for presentation to potential licensees. Schiel received his J.D.from Southern Methodist University

less than a minute

Press Releases

MWM Partner Jordan Strauss Honored as a Lawyer on the Rise by Texas Lawyer

As part of the MWM team that earned the title of Litigation Department of the Year in 2020, Strauss handles complex advocacy and argument for high-stakes patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and other IP-related matters.  In her nine-plus years with MWM, she has represented some of the firm’s largest clients in high-stakes and hotly contested

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Ranked Among 2022 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

In Austin, MWM ranked in copyright law, IP litigation, and trademark law.  In Los Angeles, MWM ranked in IP litigation. Firms included in the 2022 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes Litigation Partner Michael Song

“We are excited to have Mike join our patent litigation team,” said Mike Wilson, MWM’s patent litigation group leader.  “We were very impressed with his broad experience across IP law, including patent litigation, patent portfolio management, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation, trial and appeal.” “Mike’s trial skills and his background in IP litigation are

2 minute read

Press Releases

MWM’s William Munck and Tasha Schwikert Make the 2021 Dallas 500 List

Dallas 500 is a special edition of D CEO Magazine that celebrates dynamic and influential leaders in North Texas. Each year, the editors of D CEO base their selection on extensive contacts in local business circles and hundreds of interviews.  Dallas 500 provides a personal, engaging look at the leaders who make the North Texas economy

2 minute read

In the News

What Intellectual Property Protection is Necessary for Ghost Kitchens?

by Dan Venglarik, Mar. 23, 2020 Ghost kitchens are retail food service enterprises with no meaningful brick-and-mortar service space, as opposed to food preparation space.  Conventional restaurants exploit food delivery to augment existing dine-in, to-go, and/or curbside pickup food service at brick-and-mortar locations.  Pop-up restaurants simply repurpose existing retail locations for a conventional—if temporary—restaurant.  By

3 minute read

In the News

How to Choose a Patent Attorney

Drafting a patent requires understanding the technology to be protected. A patent for an invention within a technical field is safest in the hands of an attorney with educational and work experience within the same industry. A patent attorney who understands the complexities of your invention can write thorough patents that outline the precise details

3 minute read

Press Releases

Seven Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Selected as Texas Rising Stars

Seven Munck Wilson Mandala attorneys have been recognized as Texas Rising Stars for 2020.  The attorneys were selected in the categories of intellectual property, business/corporate law, business litigation, employment litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Published by Thomson Reuters, the Texas Rising Stars listing recognizes the top young lawyers in the state based on a multiphase

less than a minute

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Elects Chad Ray as new 2020 Partner

“Chad is a major team player and contributor to the success and excellent work accomplished by our litigation team.  He is exceptionally smart and works well in high demand environments, helping our clients in complex litigation cases.  We are pleased to see his commitment lead to this next phase of his legal career,” said William

2 minute read

In the News

Dallas law firm wants to attract tech clients with new Austin office

The Dallas-based law firm’s third office will be led by Partner Michael Rodriguez, who specializes in patent issues. The other partners in the office are Jennifer Jasper and Michael Noe. Rodriguez, Jasper and Noe all have experience in patent and trademark law. Munck Wilson Mandala’s Austin office will also provide copyright and trademark enforcement and corporate law services. In

2 minute read

In the News

Munck Wilson Secures 10 Millionth Patent in USPTO History

© 2018 The Texas Lawbook. By Natalie Posgate (June 19) – A group of Dallas lawyers from Munck Wilson Mandala made patent history Tuesday by securing a laser detection technology patent for Raytheon. It is the 10 millionth patent to be issued in the U.S. since George Washington issued the first in 1790 to Samuel

2 minute read

In the News

Bill Munck – The Coach

(Sept. 25, 2018; Texas Lawbook) – Growing up on Long Island, Bill Munck dreamed of being a police officer just like his father. His dad had other ideas. “The old man told me that he would break both of my knees with a baseball bat if I tried to become a cop, and I believed him,” Munck

6 minute read

In the News

An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Intellectual Property Law Firms

Entrepreneurs have a myriad of tasks to conquer as they begin their journey to launch a successful business. Too often in the chaos, protecting intellectual property is overlooked. When there’s so much to do, who wants to research intellectual property law firms? Some entrepreneurs avoid speaking to a knowledgeable IP attorney, thinking that it will

4 minute read

In the News

Intellectual Property Issues and Trends: Fandom

Intellectual property increasingly defines a company’s value and ability to grow and thrive. As such, careful management of intellectual property portfolios with an eye towards current changes and trends is necessary. Particularly among those working in entertainment industries, a notable social change is the rise of “fandom,” communities of fans who bond over a shared

3 minute read

Press Releases

Texas Lawyer Names William Munck a Texas Trailblazer

As a trailblazer, Munck was the first in his family to attend college and combined his computer science, electrical engineering, and mathematic skills with a law degree.  He was recruited heavily by Silicon Valley firms in the 90s but chose Texas to start his legal career.  Munck saw the potential that North Texas provided in

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes New LA Partner Jenifer Wallis

“We were extremely impressed with Jenifer’s experience in intellectual property, complex litigation and entertainment,” said MWM’s managing partner William A. Munck.  “She is a perfect fit for the projected expansion of our firm in LA and she will complement the work of our managing partner Gary Hecker.” “I am looking forward to working with Jenifer,”

2 minute read

Press Releases

18 Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Texas Super Lawyers

The 2019 list of Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The annual Texas Super Lawyers list honors Texas’ top lawyers based on surveys of more than 57,000 active attorneys across the state. The final list is estimated to be only five percent of Texas’ licensed attorneys. The following

less than a minute

Press Releases

Eight Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America© list is compiled annually through peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay

3 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes Okon Hannagan Attorneys and Staff

“Melanie and Susan have impressive litigation experience and they embody our goal of attracting the best legal talent to represent our clients,” said managing partner William Munck.  “We are excited to have the entire OH team join us and know they will bring fresh perspectives and energy that will enhance our complex litigation and employment

3 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala’s William Munck and Greg Howison Listed as 2019 IP Stars

Munck is the managing partner of MWM, a member of the executive committee, and he chairs the firm’s intellectual property practice.  He has led MWM since the late 90s and grown the firm from six lawyers to 70 lawyers with three offices in Texas—Dallas, Austin, Marshall, and a Los Angeles office.  Munck received his J.D.

2 minute read

Press Releases

Five Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Honored as Best Lawyers in Dallas

Munck is the managing partner of MWM, a member of the executive committee, and he chairs the firm’s intellectual property practice.  He has led MWM since the late 90s and grown the firm from six lawyers to 70 lawyers with three offices in Texas—Dallas, Austin, Marshall, and a Los Angeles office.  Munck received his J.D.

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Elects Amanda Greenspon and Marc Kaliser as new 2019 Partners

“Amanda and Marc have demonstrated tremendous commitment to the business of the firm.  They have delivered results both as professionals in the legal industry and as highly capable business developers.  Amanda’s trademark and copyright practice continues to expand into new markets and her involvement with S.H.E. Summit has led to significant relationships for the firm. 

2 minute read

Press Releases

16 Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Texas Super Lawyers

The 2018 list of Texas Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) will be published in the October issue of Texas Monthly. The annual Texas Super Lawyers list honors Texas’ top lawyers based on surveys of more than 57,000 active attorneys across the state. The final list is estimated to be only five percent of Texas’ licensed attorneys. The following

less than a minute

Press Releases

Six Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America© list is compiled annually through peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in The Best Lawyers™, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala and William Munck Listed in the 2018 IAM Patent 1000 Publication

Law firm Munck Wilson Mandala and managing partner William A. Munck are listed in the 2018 IAM Patent 1000 directory.  Online and in its printed version, the IAM Patent 1000 is commonly regarded as one of the definitive ‘go-to’ resources for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise and leading expert witnesses in the US.

2 minute read

In the News

Munck Wilson Mandala Client Receives Historic 10 Millionth Patent Issued by the USPTO

Jun 19, 2018, 4:18pm EDT DALLAS, June 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Law firm Munck Wilson Mandala prepared and prosecuted the patent issued as U.S. Patent No. 10,000,000 today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  The MWM IP team worked with firm client Raytheon and principal engineering fellow Joseph Marron on the underlying patent application.  The USPTO has dedicated a

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Elects Neil Ferrari as a 2018 Partner

“Neil is one of the hardest working attorneys in our firm and I am pleased to see his commitment lead to this next phase of his legal career with us,” said William Munck, MWM’s managing partner.  “He works on some of our most critical matters and brings fresh perspectives and innovation to client service.” “We

2 minute read

Press Releases

16 Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Texas Super Lawyers

Dallas, TX, Sep. 5, 2017 —–  16 partners from law firm Munck Wilson Mandala have been selected as Texas Super Lawyers for 2017.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Produced and managed by Thomson Reuters, the selection

less than a minute

Press Releases

William Munck Selected as a 2017 Distinguished Leader by Texas Lawyer

Munck Wilson Mandala is a leading technology-focused law firm, serving entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as Fortune 50 clients. Munck joined the firm as a partner in the late 90s and by 2001, he was the managing partner.  Through strong leadership and a team-oriented culture, Munck Wilson Mandala has become a highly regarded law firm

2 minute read

Press Releases

Stuart Shapley Joins Munck Wilson Mandala

Stuart Shapley joined Munck Wilson Mandala’s Austin office as senior counsel in the intellectual property law practice group.  Shapley is a patent attorney with more than 10 years of experience representing clients on patent prosecution, litigation and licensing matters, across a range of technologies, including networked computer systems, data storage devices, e-commerce applications and medical

less than a minute

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Ranks High in Chambers USA 2018 (Chambers & Partners Publishing)

Chambers USA is published annually by Chambers and Partners Publishing, a premier guide to the legal profession.  Inclusion in Chambers USA is based completely on the research and peer interviews conducted and cannot be initiated by a firm or attorney. As managing partner of Munck Wilson Mandala and the chair of the firm’s IP practice, Munck

2 minute read

Press Releases

Six Munck Wilson Mandala Partners Named Best Lawyers in America

The Best Lawyers in America list is compiled annually by conducting peer-review surveys among tens of thousands of leading lawyers. If the votes for an attorney are ample for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Ranks High in Chambers USA 2017 (Chambers & Partners Publishing)

Chambers USA is published by Chambers and Partners Publishing, a premier guide to the legal profession.  Each year, Chambers conducts in-depth research and interviews with clients and attorneys throughout the United States.  Inclusion in Chambers USA is based completely on the research and peer interviews conducted and cannot be initiated by a firm or attorney. As

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala’s Michael Rodriguez Graduates from Hispanic Austin Leadership

Rodriguez is a member of Munck Wilson Mandala’s technology/intellectual property law group, concentrating his practice on patent and trademark preparation and prosecution.  His clients are in the construction, electronics, energy, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, pet-care, vehicle manufacturing, and defense industries. As a college student, Rodriguez was both an athlete and a scholar, playing for the baseball

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes IP and Litigation Attorney Wei Wei

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Wei worked as an engineer and business consultant, and he was a teacher and graduate advisor at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas in Dallas. In addition to his law practice, Wei is an active partner in an investment consulting company focused

2 minute read

Press Releases

Seven Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Selected as Texas Rising Stars

This year, two additional lists will be published: Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Stars and Top 50 Up-and-Coming Women Texas Rising Stars.  Munck Wilson is proud to have three attorneys listed among the Top 100 Up-and-Coming Texas Rising Stars: Kelly Chen, Wallace Dunwoody and Jessica Spaniol.  Chen and Spaniol are also listed among the Top

less than a minute

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Opens Austin Office with Three Partners

Rodriguez is a member of the firm’s intellectual property section, concentrating his practice in all areas of intellectual property with an emphasis on patent and trademark preparation and prosecution.  He has represented businesses in the construction, electronics, energy, retail, restaurant, telecommunications, pet-care, vehicle manufacturing, and defense industries. Rodriguez worked as a senior engineer with TXU

3 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes IP Litigation Partner Steven Spears

Spears has an extensive background in patent litigation and other intellectual property matters and has worked as a partner in various Houston law firms, including McDermott, Will and Emery, and Arnold White and Durkee. “Steve is a perfect addition to our team,” said John Cain, managing partner of MWM’s Houston office and a leading trademark

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes Litigation Partner Tony Handal

“Tony is an impressive addition to our team,” said William A. Munck, managing partner of MWM and chair of the award-winning intellectual property group.  “His impressive trial record and success in IP and complex business disputes adds significant depth to our West Coast litigation team.” “Tony’s notable trial experience and his long list of patent

2 minute read

Client Alerts

IP Pro Tip: The Do’s and Don’ts of Patent Protection for Inventors

A. WHEN SHOULD ONE SEEK A PATENT? A patent can be extraordinarily valuable because of its protection, if valuable in the first place, extends from the grant of the patent until twenty years from the filing date of the underlying application provided periodic maintenance fees are paid (35 U.S.C. 154). It is the “utility patent”

7 minute read

Client Alerts

IP Pro Tip: What Every Businessperson Should Know About Trademark & Service Marks

A. WHAT ARE TRADEMARKS AND SERVICEMARKS? Qualifying as a potential trademark or service mark is any word, phrase, symbol, design, or combination thereof, that distinguishes one vendor’s products or services from those of other vendors. If one provides a service (insurance agency, restaurant, retail store, etc.), the “name” on the sign, or brochures promoting the

6 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala Welcomes IP/Trademark Partner Kristin Kosinski

Munck Wilson Mandala welcomes intellectual property and trademark partner Kristin Kosinski to the firm’s Los Angeles office. Kosinski brings more than 22 years of legal experience representing domestic and international clients in entertainment, finance, fashion, health, technology, beverages, and other industries. Among her services, she advises clients on trademark, copyright, and licensing matters. Kosinski previously

2 minute read

Press Releases

18 Munck Wilson Mandala Attorneys Named Texas Super Lawyers 2023

Munck Wilson Mandala congratulates 18 attorneys who have been recognized as Texas Super Lawyers for 2023. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Produced and managed by Thomson Reuters, the selection process involves independent research,

2 minute read

Press Releases

Munck Wilson Mandala’s Gary Hecker Receives the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Honor

Munck Wilson Mandala is proud to congratulate intellectual property partner Gary Hecker who received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Honor at the 2024 Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers Award Reception held on Apr. 18. Hecker brings more than 43 years of legal experience in technology, intellectual property, and entertainment law in the Los Angeles

3 minute read