IP, Privacy & Transactions

Sphaerist Advisory guides emerging and established companies through intellectual property, privacy and transactional matters.

-IP, privacy and data-governance strategies, plans and policies

-Licensing and complex commercial transactions

-M&A and investor due diligence, exit readiness and internal legal audit

Every Company is an IP and Data Company

Sphaerist has helped represent clients in such diverse fields as education technology and distance learning, telecommunications networks, university technology transfer, mobile applications, information security, intelligent devices and wearables, scent systems, sports and other data analytics, professional services, toys and games, publishing, startup incubation, cloud computing, intelligent lighting, brewing, and many others.

Representative Engagements:

Numerous US tech companies in assessing the applicability of EU data protection laws and establishing and executing compliance programs.

A “neutral host” DAS network service provider in its master agreement with a multi-venue university and sublicense agreements with major wireless carriers.

A dealership-management software provider in its standard form customer license agreement.

An intelligent-device and mobile-app provider in its privacy policy and all of its commercial contracts.

A venture capital firm in numerous IP due diligence projects.

A world-class business school in its distance-learning terms of use and privacy policy.

A digital content provider in privacy and trademark matters and all of its commercial agreements.

An enterprise software company in numerous acquisitions.

A university technology investment arm in its agreements with participating funded startups.

A healthcare data-analytics provider in its agreements with major pharmaceutical companies.

A networked-lighting company in manufacturing agreements and establishing its channel distribution program.

A mobile app provider in its strategic partner agreements.

A cloud computing security company in trademark matters and its OEM licensing program.

An EdTech platform provider in all its commercial agreements.

A healthcare-related Saas provider in its customer agreements.

An online retailer in its privacy policy and terms of use.

A publishing company in its content-provider RFP program and several acquisitions.

A corporate training company in trademark matters and its digital platform terms of use.

An online distributor in privacy matters and vendor agreements.

An Eye on the Exit

S.A. has deep experience in technology-centric M&A, which informs all of our work.  We are especially mindful of intellectual property chain of title, risk allocation, strategy alignment and clarity of drafting.  We build strategies, policies and agreements to serve current business objectives, but always with an eye toward eventual due diligence review.


User friendly

S.A. helps set priorities and manage budgets and projects wisely, while reinforcing value-building behavior, like IP protection, privacy-by-design and good contracting practices.  For companies short on internal resources we offer a cost-effective hotline service to help clients avoid some of the pitfalls of self-lawyering that can lead to expensive problems and disruptive remediation down the road.

For patent and trademark prosecution, source-code audits, corporate finance and large M&A transactions, we work closely with highly-specialized firms. We manage multi-disciplinary projects as our clients’ general counsel – to control costs, focus communications, advocate for business objectives and reduce internal distractions.


+1.617.938.3852 or info@sphaerist.com

Sphaerist Advisory is a Boston-based law and consulting practice established by Paul-Johan Jean, a co-founder and former managing partner of leading IP and transactional boutique GTC Law Group.

Prior to forming GTC in 2002, Paul practiced securities litigation and then M&A at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, after having clerked for Justice Sherman D. Horton, Jr. at the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Paul is admitted to practice law in New York and Massachusetts and holds privacy and security certifications from the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Global Information Assurance Certification organization.