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John Biernacki has extensive experience with software and business method patents, including patent portfolio strategy, patent prosecution, freedom-to-practice opinions, reexamination, litigation, and licensing. His work also includes merger and acquisition transactions where intellectual property is a significant factor.John's representative work includes developing the patent portfolios of SAS Institute (data mining, artificial neural networks, high-performance forecasting models, and e-commerce) and Research In Motion (encryption and wireless network technology), as well as reexamination work for IBM and SAS Institute (e-commerce patents). Representative transactional work includes sale of the San Jose Sharks hockey franchise to an investor group, Harris Corporation's acquisition of Tyco Electronics Wireless Systems, and advising Maverick Capital on a stock purchase in an online-based communications company. Other clients include Chevron, Goldman Sachs, PNC, Progressive Insurance, Sherwin-Williams, and Sprint Nextel.