Constance Rhebergen, a member of the firm's management committee, serves as chair of the firm’s technology section. Ms. Rhebergen leverages her experience in litigating patent, trademark and copyright infringement cases, Internet domain name cases, trade secrets, unfair competition, as well as counseling on the protection of intellectual property assets in acquisitions and financial restructuring. She is known for quickly determining what clients need, and more importantly, what it takes to achieve these goals.
As a registered patent attorney, Ms. Rhebergen is extremely well placed to counsel and represent business clients in the identification, protection, licensing and transfer of intellectual property assets and in providing patent infringement and validity opinions. She brings to bear a comprehensive range of skills to advise businesses and government agencies in the United States, Latin America, Europe, MENA region and beyond with a proficiency on all matters concerning intellectual property, portfolio management and international intellectual property law disputes.
Ms. Rhebergen has a rich blend of skills honed over years of practice. As a result, she is highly proficient across a range of technologies, including energy, chemical and process applications, mechanical arts, and computer software. Industries served include oil and gas, hydrocarbon, processing, chemical processing, petrochemicals, agriculture and food, computer software, oil well drilling, carbon capture, synfuel, sports, education, telephone, wastewater, mechanical equipment, instrumentation and explosives. Ms. Rhebergen counsels numerous clients with respect to their intellectual property strategies, including registration of trademarks, copyrights and patents.
Recent Notable Matters
Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank — as lead arranger, in the $4.65 billion financing of McDermott International, Inc.’s all-stock combination with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V., consisting of a $2.26 billion senior secured term loan facility, a $1.0 billion senior secured revolving credit facility and a $1.39 billion senior secured letter of credit facility
National oil companies — patent prosecution, trademark matters, licensing, joint development and commercialization negotiations
Large fuel and lubricant technology company — patent prosecution, worldwide intellectual property asset management and trade secret litigation
Petrologistics — negotiation of license and engineering and technical services agreement for C3 Catofin - Dehyrogenation Unit for production of polypropylene, as well as development of intellectual property strategy surrounding auxiliary developments
Kinder Morgan, Inc. — contract negotiations for condensate processing service agreements and engineering procurement agreements relative to development of multiple units of new condensate plant as well as further expansions
Westinghouse — negotiation of intellectual property provisions and licenses in engineering, procurement and construction agreement and consortium arrangements for new nuclear power plants in the United States, Canada and Poland
ITS — multimillion dollar software negotiation with one of the world's major software companies
Trademark owners — domain name disputes before ICANN
Software developer — Internet domain name disputes and copyright issues related to Digital Millennia Act, warez sites and translations
International Internet recruitment service provider — intellectual property issues including privacy issues, data protection and safe harbor provisions
Merchant energy company — intellectual property component of securing $6.2 billion in credit facilities
Progress Materials — patent prosecution and multi-million dollar patent litigation
Fortune 500 U.S. energy company with international assets — sale of assets, including evaluation and due diligence of all intellectual property assets
Public entity — $20 million software license and service agreement negotiation and due diligence
Engineering company — patent prosecution and multinational trademark protection
City of Madrid — intellectual property licensing negotiation for a theme park with a major entertainment corporation
Publications and Speeches
“Keep Quiet and Carry On Under the EU Trade Secrets Directive,” IP Magazine, September 2016.
“Dangerous Waters in the Safe Harbour,” IP Magazine, February 2016.
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