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Shannan L. Frisbie

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Shannan Frisbie is a partner in the firm's Technology Transactions and Data Protection group. Her practice includes drafting and negotiating technology and intellectual property-related agreements including development, acquisition, license and outsourcing agreements. Shannan advises a variety of clients on issues relating to the acquisition and use of technology, protection of intellectual property assets, and commercial exploitation of technology through online and offline channels.

Shannan’s practice includes substantial work with telecommunications and wireless technology companies on new product development, operations, marketing, procurement, content, and licensing transactions and initiatives, as well as work on arts and entertainment related matters. In particular, has worked with a wireless device manufacturer on a wide range of transactions, including acquiring various technologies and technology companies to launch a wide array of cloud-based products and services. She has, for over a decade, helped a wireless carrier on a wide range of transactional matters in connection with the development, launch, and marketing of new products and services; acquisition of devices, systems, and platforms; and MVNO and roaming relationships. For example, she helped launch a developer network for mobile applications as well as a content gateway program for the distribution of SMS messages and negotiated distribution deals with the major record labels and film and televisions studios for the distribution of music and video to mobile devices. In addition to representing a number of established public companies, Shannan has advised a number of venture backed technology companies on issues ranging from protection of intellectual property assets and commercial exploitation of those assets through online and offline channels.

Shannan has worked extensively with Microsoft Corporation, including representing them in the negotiation of a strategic development and collaboration agreement with a chipset manufacturer. Supporting the Mediaroom team with the negotiating deals for the deployment of Microsoft’s Mediaroom client and server software at a number of national and international telecommunications companies. She had the opportunity to serve Microsoft on a ten month in-house rotation with the Law and Corporate Affairs Platform Products group supporting the Windows Server 2003 launch and working with the Windows Client, Engineering and Embedded groups. Other projects include assisting the Windows Media group with drafting and negotiating development, support, promotion, content, inbound and outbound license, and marketing agreements, including agreements for the development of various devices and applications that incorporate Playready and Windows Media codec technologies. Other interesting projects that Shannan has worked on include: Smartphone security, a joint development program for OEMs, ISVs, and IHVs with Microsoft Product Development in Japan, and a security cooperation program with local and international governments.

Shannan clients span a range of software, hardware, telecommunications, Internet and other technology-focused clients with both U.S. and international transactions, including HTC Corporation, Saffron Digital Limited, T-Mobile U.S.A., Microsoft Corporation, Flow International Corporation, Melodeo, Symbol Technologies, Inc., Jobster and Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door.

In addition to her work at K&L Gates, Shannan has put in many hours providing pro bono legal advice through Washington Lawyers for the Arts and is served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law for 7 years.


  • Ranked among the top 10 licensing lawyers and internet lawyers by Washington CEO magazine (2008).
  • Selected as a Washington Rising Star nine consecutive times (2003-2012).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section)
  • King County Bar Association (Technology and the Law Section)
  • Adjunct Professor, Arts Law Clinic, Seattle University School of Law
  • Washington Lawyers for the Arts

Speaking Engagements

  • "Alternative Licensing Options: The Creative Commons,” Washington State Bar Association, February 2005
  • “Mobile Technology Services,” Schidler Center for Law and Technology, February 2004
  • “Digital Millennium Copyright Act” Washington State Bar Association, March 2003
  • "E-commerce Primer on Internet Contracts," Washington State Bar Association, July 2001
  • "Common Mistakes Drafting Internet Contracts," Washington State Bar Association, July 2000
  • “Trademark Issues on the Internet,” University of Washington Engineering Department, May 2000
  • Represented client in transaction with outsourcing provider to provide warehouse management, transportation planning, inventory management, product packaging and distribution services
  • Negotiated distribution deals with major record labels, film studios and other content companies for full music track downloads, ring tones, ringback tones, wallpapers, videos, and games and other applications
  • Assisted a wireless carrier with the launch of a content gateway program for the distribution of SMS messages and mobile content, including working on the billing and payment models and infrastructure
  • Drafted and negotiated a variety of intellectual property protection-related agreements for start-up companies, including non-disclosure, independent contractor, master service, end user license and reseller agreements; and counseled such companies on general intellectual property protection strategies
  • Drafted and negotiated many product development related agreements, including software and hardware development and license agreements
  • Drafted and negotiated many intellectual property license agreements, including patent, copyright and trademark licenses
  • Represented software developer in $126 million license of software to a U.S. telecommunications company
  • Represented public company in the sale of Swedish and Swiss subsidiaries, including a large intellectual property portfolio
  • Undertake intellectual property due diligence in connection with several acquisition and investment transactions