Dickinson, Karen R.

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Address: One East Washington Suite 1200, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Lawyer Firm: Polsinelli PC
Phone: 602-650-2000
Fax: 602-264-7033
Website: http://www.polsinelli.com

Areas of Practice Intellectual Property, International, Startup Ventures, Trademark and Copyright

“I am lucky. I have the opportunity to incorporate four of my passions into my work: helping people, cross cultural communications, law, and technology. I do what I love – I help people from different cultures put deals together.”

With a background in negotiating multimillion-dollar global contracts, Karen Dickinson has a passion for technology and international business and quickly becomes a trusted advisor to clients of all sizes, both domestic and international. For each matter, Karen utilizes her past experience as a supply management executive at a Fortune 100 company and her own experience as an entrepreneur.

Karen acts as outside general counsel for United States companies and for companies investing in the United States from other countries. She negotiates technology transactions, from simple software licenses to complicated research and development agreements.

She has extensive experience advising on joint ventures and alliances, product distribution, intellectual property protection, and anti-counterfeiting strategies, as well as aspects of website development, online contracting, and privacy policies.

Her representative experience includes:

•Leading acquisitions of United States companies for a Japanese client, including review of potential application of CFIUS•Negotiating a joint venture agreement between a United States solar sector client and a Chinese investor•Negotiating information technology systems and SaaS agreements, as well as related SLA, support, and source code escrow agreements•Advising a Canadian client on United States data privacy laws, drafting related online agreements, and negotiating agreements with United States banks, data warehouses, and credit companies•Assisting United States clients in forming affiliates in China and Chinese clients in forming affiliates in the United States •Developing a trade association anti-counterfeiting toolkit, including contract clauses, procedures for filing trademarks with United States customs, takedown procedures for online websites, and cease and desist lettersKaren is chair of the Arizona District Export Council and a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council International Leadership Committee. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was a Fulbright Scholar during her career, studying European Union law at the University College London and working with a global law firm in London

Key Matters

•Negotiated a long-term supply agreement between United States client and Japanese manufacturer.•Drafted and negotiated an intellectual property rights agreement for client purchaser of a semiconductor manufacturing facility.•Managed a United States client’s international trademark portfolio.•Advised a United States client setting up joint venture in India providing after-market services to Indian aerospace market.•Drafted terms of use, privacy policies, and online contracts for a variety of clients in regulated and unregulated industries.•Drafted and negotiated a distributor agreement for a United States client with an Australian company to sell access to online training service.•Drafted multiple inter-company agreements for a multinational client based in the Netherlands with the client’s international affiliates.•Drafted a United States client’s standard product distribution agreement for use in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the People’s Republic of China.•Negotiated a data center agreement for client outsourcing of entire information technology system.•Represented a Chinese solar energy company in establishing United States operations and creating standard United States terms of sale.•Developed standard product distribution and sales representative agreements for sale of Japanese client products in the United States, and advised on United States distributor termination laws.•Assisted a Chinese client with United States border import delays prior to domestic product launch.•Negotiated construction subcontract for a domestic contractor with Singapore supplier and installer of high-rise curtain wall systems.•Advised client on defensive and offensive strategies to address counterfeit product sales in the United States.•Negotiated patent and biotechnology licenses between a Japanese client and European licensors.


Attorney Karen Dickinson Joins Polsinelli Expanding International Corporate PresenceJune 24, 2013 Doing Business in China October 16, 2013

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