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Energy Technology

Intelligent Energy Law

Andrews Kurth offers a multi-disciplinary approach to advising our energy clients, particularly when it comes to their investments in technology. Our primary goal is to secure the maximum competitive advantage for our clients through the effective exploitation and protection of their assets.

Understanding the Issues

Andrews Kurth is on the forefront of addressing the legal issues relating to the increasingly complex technologies used by international energy companies. We call this Intelligent Energy® Law.

We have worked with companies in the energy industry since our founding in Houston in 1902, even as we have expanded our reach in the United States, to Europe, to the Middle East and to the Asia-Pacific. We apply our deep and rich experience with the energy industry and with the legal challenges posed by deploying advanced technologies to anticipate and resolve the legal and contractual issues confronting our energy clients as they develop, acquire and use such technologies in the exploration, appraisal, development, production, refining, and transportation of energy resources.

We are focused on the leading edge legal and technology developments in the energy sector, including deepwater exploration and production, subsea engineering, horizontal drilling, liquefied natural gas, gas to liquids, clean fuels refineries, shale oil and gas, tight gas, sour gas, heavy oil, enhanced oil recovery, digital oilfields, automation and smart well completion and intervention systems. We also assist our clients as they navigate legal and contractual issues associated with data and information harvesting, acquisition, analysis and use—as well as the vexing data security problems—that new technological advances enable.

We can offer industry-focused guidance on cutting-edge technology legal issues arising with respect to:

How We Can Help

Our lawyers address and devise strategies to address the legal and commercial issues facing energy companies as they own, operate, deploy and commercialize advanced technologies and intellectual assets, including:

Leading Your Transactions

As energy technology continues to evolve and push the industry forward at record speed, we advise our clients in fashioning legal strategies to address new market dynamics and techniques for transacting as to intellectual property, information, and technology assets.

We also help our energy clients evaluate their approaches in light of the new energy intellectual property/technology value chain and create comprehensive strategies for extracting value from energy intellectual property and international market collaborations, ventures and transactions. Our teams work with our clients from the initial development of a strategy, though advising on due diligence issues when entering energy transactions, through negotiation and documentation of transactions, and through developing and implementing transaction exit strategies appropriate to the project and location.

Protecting Your Assets

To manage our clients’ intellectual assets, we have a dedicated team of intellectual property and technology transactions lawyers experienced in the energy industry. We routinely help clients devise strategies to safeguard and maximize their investments in technology throughout each step of the intellectual asset life cycle.

Creation – Obtaining intellectual property that can be protected across multiple jurisdictions, through clearly structured and documented patents, assignments, ownership agreements and licensing terms.

Acquisition – Crafting assignment and license agreements plus targeted acquisition strategies that are informed by a realistic assessment of intellectual property gaps and vulnerabilities.

Protection – Assessing and securing the best intellectual property protection to preserve intellectual asset value. Providing complete intellectual property infringement defence through:

Commercialization – Pursuing economic realization of intellectual assets through carefully structured transactions and agreements.

Anticipating and Mitigating Risks

More energy technology competition naturally leads to an increase in related disputes. We help clients implement policies and procedures that proactively ensure intellectual property rights are clearly established, creating a solid foundation to vigorously defend or enforce our clients’ intellectual property rights should the need arise.

We are skilled in litigation involving energy technology and have extensive knowledge of and experience in the most common issues facing energy clients in regards to technology, including:

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