Howard Wettan

Partner, Silicon Valley



Howard is a partner in the Technology Transactions Practice within the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions Group. He represents clients in a variety of intellectual property and technology-related transactional matters in industries such as consumer electronics, payments and other financial services, software, energy, health care, and hospitality. Howard assists clients with patent license and joint development agreements, technology transfer agreements, payment processing agreements, trademark license agreements, supply and distribution agreements, transition services agreements, and outsourcing agreements. He also advises on a variety of corporate matters involving intellectual property collateral in secured financings, disclosures in public offerings, and due diligence in mergers and acquisitions.

Howard rejoined the Firm in 2018. Howard was previously a member of White & Case's Technology Transactions Practice for over eight years before joining Apple's legal department in 2013. Most recently, Howard served as Vice President in the Visa legal department, where he led legal support for Visa's data centers, sourcing function, and initiatives for payments in the fields of "Internet-of-Things" and "Connected Car."

In recent years, Howard has led payments-related technology transactions with every major bank in the United States and the United Kingdom, major payment networks, the largest providers of point-of-sale terminals, and the world's largest technology companies. He has also led major supply chain and technology development transactions with some of the largest makers of consumer electronics components in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.

Prior to his first tenure with the Firm, Howard served as Assistant Attorney General in the New York Office of the Attorney General's Antitrust Bureau, where he was a member of the trial team in US et al. v. Oracle, and he prosecuted illegal shill-bidding on e-Bay. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Howard clerked for United States District Judge Robert Pratt in the Southern District of Iowa.

Bars and Courts
New York State Bar
California State Bar
US District Court for the Northern District of California
Brown University
Columbia Law School
San Francisco State University


Speaking Engagements

"Trademark and Licensing Issues: Increasing Your Bottom Line in 2011," White & Case seminar, Palo Alto, CA (February 3, 2011)

"Playing By the Rules: Ethical Considerations in Standard Setting," Association of Corporate Counsel, Hard-to-Find CLE Credits Day, Burlingame, CA (January 14, 2011)

"Do I Have a Deal for You (a mock negotiation of indemnification and other risk related provisions)" at the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter's conference, "Deal or No Deal: Advanced Contracts in a Box," Santa Clara, CA (November 12, 2010)

Webinar: "What Antitrust Lawyers Should Know About Network Neutrality" (November 9, 2010)

Guest Lecturer at UC Davis School of Law on deals in the clean tech industry (October 14, 2010)

Panel on, "Careers in Clean Tech and Energy Law," Santa Clara Law School (September 29, 2010)

"The Law and Ethics of Standard Setting," CLE Presentation at Juniper Networks, Inc. (July 26, 2010; September 26, 2010); CLE Presentation at Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (October 26, 2010); Presentation to Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (October 28, 2010)

"Cleantech Partnerships Across Borders: Cooperation Between Japanese Investors and American Innovators," White & Case's Cleantech Symposium, held jointly by White & Case's Silicon Valley and Tokyo offices via videoconference (May 11, 2010)

"The FCC and Net Neutrality: What Now?," Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (April 15, 2010)

"Drafting Better Indemnity Provisions," CLE Presentation at Intuit, Inc., Mountain View, CA (February 5, 2010); at Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA (July 29, 2010); CA, Inc., Islandia, NY (September 8, 2010); Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara, CA (February 9, 2011)


"IP Ownership, Licensing Agreements, and Bankruptcy," Bloomberg Law, April 20, 2020

"How Connected Cars Will Merge With Payment Technology," Law360, August 8, 2019

"Princo v. ITC: The Federal Circuit Gives Standard Setting More Latitude While Narrowing the Patent Misuse Doctrine," New Matter, the Official Publication of the IP Section of the California State Bar, Vol. 35 No. 4 (2010)

"Four Cases and a Business Review Letter: Standard Setting and Patent Rights," New Matter, the Official Publication of the IP Section of the California State Bar, Vol. 35 No. 3 (2010)

"The Time is Now: A Green Technology Patent Program Should be Made Permanent," The Recorder, March 19, 2010 (with Bijal Vakil and Sue F. Xia)

"Get Yer Mitts Off My Savings," Corporate Counsel, February 4, 2010 (with Adam Chernichaw)

"The Little License That Could: Dangers of Using Open-Source Code After Jacobsen v. Katzer," The Intellectual Property Strategist, April 2009