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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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The Internet of Things and Big Data: Privacy and Security Obligations in Highly Regulated Industries
Business Law Institute
June 2016
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Preparing for a New Technology Product Launch
Association of Corporate Counsel
May 2016
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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
Business Law Institute
June 2014
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Joint Development Agreements
Business Law Institute
June 2014
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Introduction to Intellectual Property
Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy
March 2014
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Privacy and Data Security Requirements - How Secure is your Information?
Business Law Institute (Chicago)
June 2013
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