Mr. Wittow is a partner in the Seattle office of K&L Gates. His work focuses on intellectual property and technology transactions and counseling including the acquisition, development, marketing, licensing and distribution of mobile applications and computing devices, software and related services, other types of technology and media content, electronic commerce issues, and complex patent licensing and patent dispositions.
Mr. Wittow’s recent experience includes preparing and negotiating patent and technology licensing and purchase agreements and product development, licensing, distribution and services (particularly cloud services) agreements for technology, online retail, media (film, music, electronic games, books and periodicals), health care, energy, financial services, engineering, transportation and telecommunications businesses; providing counseling on strategic trade secret and copyright issues; preparing and negotiating agreements, supervising due diligence and resolving issues for the acquisition of technology companies or assets and in conjunction with the resolution of intellectual property litigation; assisting international businesses with the legal issues and agreements associated with the creation and operation of cloud services, mobile applications, interactive websites and product and software distribution, including open source software issues; and assisting authors, filmmakers, musicians and artists with licensing and distribution of their works. Mr. Wittow is a frequent presenter and author on cloud computing, copyright and trade secret law developments and on technology and patent licensing and transaction issues.
Before focusing his practice on intellectual property, Mr. Wittow concentrated on complex energy and natural resources litigation and transactions. Mr. Wittow was lead counsel for the Municipality of Anchorage’s $120 million acquisition of a one-third working interest in the Beluga River natural gas field and represented the State of Alaska in complex oil and gas tax litigation and the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation. Over the course of his career at K&L Gates, he also has advised clients on a broad array of legal issues from both a litigation and transactional perspective and served as a hearing officer for the Alaska State Commission for Human Rights and other State of Alaska administrative agencies.
Mr. Wittow has been with K&L Gates since 1989. He is and has been selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List (2007-2016) and “Top Lawyers in Washington” (Washington CEO), LawDragon 3000 Leading Lawyers, and Who’s Who in American Law and similar publications. From 1981 to 1985, prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wittow was associate director of state/federal relations for the State of Alaska with responsibility for international trade, energy and natural resource issues, and special assistant to the Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources with responsibility for oil and gas leasing, oil and gas royalty sales, land disposals and mining issues.