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  • Education
    • J.D., University of Oklahoma, 1996, with honors
    • B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1993, Journalism
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Spencer Wood began his career litigating disputes involving trade secrets, patents, and commercial contracts. Now, he applies that experience as he brings value to clients seeking to exploit and protect intellectual property rights. Spencer focuses on intellectual property asset management, information technology, digital media, and privacy rights. He regularly counsels clients engaged in structured acquisitions of technology assets, as well as the licensing and transfer of trademarks, patents, and copyrights.

Spencer also provides advice on matters in advertising, branded entertainment and mobile marketing, and assists companies seeking to monetize their intellectual property assets. He represents companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and regularly negotiates patent licenses, transition services agreements, outsourcing agreements, media distribution and production agreements, and software development and license agreements.

His clients have included private equity firms, consumer products manufacturers, media production companies, banks and financial institutions, insurance companies, e-commerce website operators, Internet security firms, defense contractors, steel manufacturers, warehouse systems manufacturers, cultural and educational institutions, and industry trade associations. He has represented start-up companies, as well as multi-national organizations.

On a pro bono basis, Spencer regularly represents individuals and nonprofits in relation to media rights and intellectual property licensing issues.

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Polsinelli on Drones & Advanced Robotics Blog
February 17, 2017
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Polsinelli White Paper
January 2017
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Damage Control: Legal Considerations in Cybersecurity Risk Management
Chicago, Dallas, and St. Louis
2015 Annual Business Law Institute
June 2015
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March 26, 2015
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Privacy and Data Security Requirements - How Secure is your Information?
Business Law Institute (Chicago)
June 2013
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Organizing Your Business To Be Ready for Investors and Due Diligence
University of Illinois, EnterpriseWorks
March 2013
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Crowdfunding under the JOBS Act of 2012
Presented to CU Tech CEO Roundtable (Urbana-Champaign)
February 2013
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Introduction To Contractual Issues In The Digital Arts & Entertainment Industries
Presented to the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy (Chicago)
Presentation also given in June 2010.
November 2012
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From IP Basics to Branded Entertainment: The Legal and Business Side to Film and Television
Presented to DePaul University (Chicago)
October 2011
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Is There An Implied Distribution License For Open Source Software?
Presented in Chicago
November 2010
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