Negotiating and drafting software agreements can be challenging and disputes commonly arise over a wide variety of issues, including ownership of intellectual property, indemnification, and limitations of liability. The licensor will typically seek strict limitations of liability and broad disclaimers of warranties, whereas the licensee will seek to ensure that it has the broadest possible remedies in the event of a dispute. To effectively draft and negotiate a software agreement that best serves the client’s interests, counsel to software companies and/or prospective licensees must understand the critical elements in a software license or development agreement, and the common challenges that often arise during the course of drafting and negotiating those agreements.
In our second session on software contracting, presenter Matt Wilmot will provide guidance for drafting and negotiating software license and development agreements, such as the scope of the license rights being granted (including rights to improvements to the software), as well as the important risk allocation provisions indemnification, representations and warranties, and limitations of liability.
Matt Wilmot is a partner in Stoel Rives's Technology and Intellectual Property group, where he focuses on the representation of technology-based companies and clients in other industries having intellectual property assets.
Matt’s clients include software companies and mobile app developers (including SaaS and cloud-based companies), as well as companies in the bioscience, media and content distribution, footwear and apparel, and manufacturing and distribution industries. He regularly represents his clients on a broad range of technology and other related transactions both in the U.S. and internationally, including patent and technology licensing; software licensing; trademark, copyright and content licensing; collaborations and consortia; research and development; technology transfer; and other transactions and agreements concerning the development, protection, commercialization, and use of intellectual property rights.
Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Matthew was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, P.C., where he was the leader of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright and Transactional IP practice group, as well as the firm’s Technology Industry group.
When: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Where: Kell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 112 SW 2nd Ave., Portland, OR 97204 (503) 227-4057
$22 for Technology Law members;
$27 for other bar members and non-lawyers;
$18 for students.
This cost includes lunch.
MCLE Credit: The Technology Law Section will apply for one (1) general CLE credit