Professional Biography

Donald (Don) E. Karl Partner

Firmwide Co-Chair, Interactive Entertainment Practice

  • Los Angeles

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    Los Angeles

    1888 Century Park East, Suite 1700

    Los Angeles, CA






  • 09.12.2016
    Perkins Coie and Upload Survey Reveals Opportunities and Obstacles Facing Augmented and Virtual Reality
    Press Releases
    As optimism about the future of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) grows, a lack of compelling content, cost and issues with the user experience are still viewed as the main impediments to the industry’s expansion, according to a new survey by Perkins Coie and Upload. The survey was completed by 653 respondents, including AR/VR startup founders, executives with established technology companies and investors.
  • 01.04.2016
    Partners Don Karl and Kirk Soderquist Quoted in the Daily Journal
    General News

    Daily Journal

    Partners Don Karl and Kirk Soderquist were quoted in the Daily Journal article, "Virtual Reality Heats Up the Legal Industry," regarding how the legal field is dealing with virtual reality.

  • 09.23.2014
    Perkins Coie Represents Microsoft in $2.5 Billion Acquisition of “Minecraft” Creator Mojang
    Press Releases
    Perkins Coie represents Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) as U.S. counsel and primary intellectual property counsel in connection with its $2.5 billion acquisition of the Stockholm-based game developer Mojang, the creator of the “Minecraft” video game franchise.
  • 01.27.2014
    Perkins Coie Represents Microsoft In Acquisition of "Gears Of War" Game Franchise From Epic Games
    Press Releases
    Perkins Coie represented client Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT"), in its acquisition of the "Gears of War" game franchise, a military science fiction video game, from Epic Games, Inc., a developer of games and cross-platform game engine technology.
  • 09.12.2012
    197 Perkins Coie Lawyers Recognized In 2013 Best Lawyers
    Press Releases
    Perkins Coie is proud to announce that 197 of its attorneys were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.  Thirty-five attorneys were listed this year for the first time, representing a 22 percent increase in the number of Perkins Coie attorneys who appeared in the 2012 edition.
  • 09.02.2011
    Law360 Q&A With Don Karl
    General News
    Don Karl, Co-Chair of the Interactive Entertainment group, was featured in a Q&A in a recent Media & Entertainment Law360 article. Throughout the article Don discusses his most challenging case, important issues relating to interactive entertainment law and lessons learned. To read all of his responses, visit Law360.
  • 07.08.2010
    Perkins Coie's Retail Group Ranked #1 Nationally by Chambers USA
    General News
    In its 2010 edition of Chambers USA, Chambers and Partners ranked Perkins Coie's Retail & Consumer Products industry group in the #1 band nationally. The group has received this distinction each year since Chambers began ranking practices in this area. Noting the group's broad reach, Chambers described the group as "well equipped to advise on the full range of retail and consumer-related matters." "The firm is making real progress in this arena. It is quite possibly the leader of the e-commerce market at the moment," sources were quoted as saying in the listing.
  • Surprise! Interns are Likely Employees.
    As the summer quickly approaches, it’s the time of year that many employers consider hiring an intern for the summer.  Start-up companies may view this as an opportunity to hire students as “cheap” or “free” labor.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about unpaid interns.  The…
  • The Delaware Franchise Tax: Don’t Freak Out
    Within the next few weeks, corporations incorporated under the law of Delaware will receive ominous notices from their registered agents or the Delaware Divisions of Corporations advising such corporations of their annual obligation pay the their Delaware Franchise Tax. Save for “83(b) elections,” “scalability” and “valuation”, no…
  • Proposed International Entrepreneur Rule Gives Startup Founders Temporary Stay in U.S.
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is proposing to grant work authorization to foreign entrepreneurs who raise substantial capital for companies they start. USCIS estimates some 3,000 foreign entrepreneurs may qualify annually. USCIS expects this new proposal to create jobs, facilitate research and development and increase innovation…
  • Content, Cost, User Experience Key to Future of AR and VR, New Survey Finds
    Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have taken major steps forward this year with the groundbreaking launch of Pokémon GO in July 2016 and the release of several VR headsets. As the startup world convenes in San Francisco this week at TechCrunch Disrupt 2016, Perkins Coie…
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