Microsoft’s Acquisition of Semantic Machines


Goodwin advised Semantic Machines on its agreement to be acquired by Microsoft.

With the acquisition of Semantic Machines, Microsoft will establish a conversational AI center of excellence in Berkeley to push forward the boundaries of what is possible in language interfaces and will aim to deliver powerful, natural and more productive user experiences that will take conversational computing to a new level.

Semantic Machines is a Berkeley, California-based company that has developed a revolutionary new approach to building conversational AI. The company uses the power of machine learning to enable users to discover, access and interact with information and services in a much more natural way, and with significantly less effort.

The Goodwin team was led by partner Lawrence Chu (Picture) and associates Jeff Cheng and Sean Montgomery and included partners James Riley, Lynda Galligan, Kelsey Lemaster and Andrea Murino; counsel Jacqueline Klosek, Todd Hahn and Kirby Lewis; and associates Sandy De Sauvage, Kevin Liu, Morgan Frisoli, Brett Good, Monica Patel, Alex Plaum and April Sun.

Involved fees earner: Lawrence Chu – Goodwin Procter; Jeffrey Cheng – Goodwin Procter; Sean Montgomery – Goodwin Procter; Sandy de Sauvage – Goodwin Procter; Kevin Liu – Goodwin Procter; James Riley – Goodwin Procter; Lynda Galligan – Goodwin Procter; Morgan Frisoli – Goodwin Procter; Brett Good – Goodwin Procter; Monica Patel – Goodwin Procter; Kelsey Lemaster – Goodwin Procter; Alexander Plaum – Goodwin Procter; Andrea Agathoklis Murino – Goodwin Procter; Todd Hahn – Goodwin Procter; Kirby Lewis – Goodwin Procter;

Law Firms: Goodwin Procter;

Clients: Semantic Machines Inc.;