11th National Dealmakers' Forum on

Optimizing Software Licensing Agreements

Finding common ground, minimizing risk, and maximizing rights & profit

Monday, June 19, 2006

About

With so many complex points to consider in software licensing agreements - including intellectual property, warranties, limitations of liability, performance standards, acceptance testing procedures, and change orders, to name a few - mastering the skills you need to negotiate and draft these deals has become both more difficult and more crucial. The evolving industry landscape, new development and distribution methods, and ever-changing regulatory requirements have put increased pressure on software vendors and end-users alike not only to adapt, but to get ahead while minimizing friction, maximizing revenue, and finding some common ground. In this challenging arena, creating an airtight agreement that satisfies your client and avoids disputes and litigation is difficult for even the most experienced attorneys, executives, and managers. You can't afford to miss this opportunity to arm yourself with the information, strategies, and tactics you need to draft and negotiate successful software licensing agreements.

The publication for the National Conference on Software Licensing Agreements contains the most current information on the important legal developments affecting software licensing, and provides practical business strategies you need to make your agreements and relationships into winning ventures. As always, this publication brings together a preeminent faculty of leading attorneys and executives from software licensors, end-users, developers, and distributors, who will provide you with perspectives and expertise from both sides of the table on:
  • Analyzing open source risks and developing successful risk management practices
  • Preventing domestic and international privacy violations
  • Establishing mutually agreeable service levels for support, maintenance, and repair
  • Implementing and maintaining sound confidentiality policies
  • Adjusting to key changes in the industry

Contents & Contributors

About

With so many complex points to consider in software licensing agreements - including intellectual property, warranties, limitations of liability, performance standards, acceptance testing procedures, and change orders, to name a few - mastering the skills you need to negotiate and draft these deals has become both more difficult and more crucial. The evolving industry landscape, new development and distribution methods, and ever-changing regulatory requirements have put increased pressure on software vendors and end-users alike not only to adapt, but to get ahead while minimizing friction, maximizing revenue, and finding some common ground. In this challenging arena, creating an airtight agreement that satisfies your client and avoids disputes and litigation is difficult for even the most experienced attorneys, executives, and managers. You can't afford to miss this opportunity to arm yourself with the information, strategies, and tactics you need to draft and negotiate successful software licensing agreements.

The publication for the National Conference on Software Licensing Agreements contains the most current information on the important legal developments affecting software licensing, and provides practical business strategies you need to make your agreements and relationships into winning ventures. As always, this publication brings together a preeminent faculty of leading attorneys and executives from software licensors, end-users, developers, and distributors, who will provide you with perspectives and expertise from both sides of the table on:
  • Analyzing open source risks and developing successful risk management practices
  • Preventing domestic and international privacy violations
  • Establishing mutually agreeable service levels for support, maintenance, and repair
  • Implementing and maintaining sound confidentiality policies
  • Adjusting to key changes in the industry

Contents & Contributors


NEGOTIATING RISK ALLOCATION PROVISIONS: WARRANTY, LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, AND INDEMNIFICATION
Ward Classen, Computer Sciences Corporation
Walter Hanchuk, Chadbourne & Parke

NEGOTIATION STRATIGIES FOR OUTSOURCING DEALS
Mark Grossman, DeWitt Grossman, P.L.

MINIMIZING CONFLICT IN IMPLEMENTATION AND PRODUCT ACCEPTANCE
Michael A. Tobin, Kennedy Covington

DEFINING THE SCOPE OF LICENSING RIGHTS AND RESTRICTIONS
Dennis Gallitano, Gallitano O'Connor

SUPPORT, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR ESTABLISHING MUTUALLY AGREEABLE SERVICE LEVELS
Peter Moldave, Gesmer Updegrove

INSURANCE AND INDEMNITY IN SOFTWARE LICENSING
Martin H. Myers, Heller Ehrman

CONFIDENTIALITY AND INFORMATION PROTECTION PRINCIPLES
Andrew Lupu, InfoVista Corporation
Howard Paul Benard, Cendant Corporation

COMPLIANCE WITH OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE LICENSES
Karen Copenhaver, Choate Hall & Stewart

FAST TRACK MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION RULES OF PROCEDURE
Helena Erickson, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution
Sandra Sellers, Technology Mediation Services, LLC

HOW NOT TO GET LOST IN THE TECHIE TERMINOLOGY
Gregory Silberman, Kaye Scholer



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