12th National Dealmakers' Forum on

Optimizing Software Licensing Agreements

Managing IP rights and risks while achieving business & technical goals

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

About

Learn what you need to know about constructing the optimal software license agreement from the experts who know how to do it

A poorly drafted software license agreement can be full of hidden expenses and/or obligations, as well as unforeseen liabilities. Regardless of whether one is interested in procuring, selling, distributing, implementing, producing, or protecting their software or technology, key licensing-related issues such as scope of the licensing grant and ownership, maintenance and support, warranties, indemnification, liability, and confidentiality need to be addressed in a coherent and comprehensive manner. Only by understanding how to work through these provisions and structure them according to the parties' goals can you be proactive about ensuring the deal provides you whether the vendor or end user with maximum value.

American Conference Institute has revised and updated its 12th National Conference on Software Licensing and produced a publication to bring you the most current and significant legal developments and business best practices affecting software licensing. This publication brings together a pre-eminent faculty of leading attorneys and experts from software licensors, end users, developers, and distributors, who will provide you with perspectives and expertise from all sides of the table on:

  • Negotiating license agreements for product development
  • Implementing risk management and confidentiality procedures
  • Preparing for software globalization and the effects of dealing outside the US
  • Managing and manipulating open source software
  • Dealing with troublesome licensing issues, such as revenue recognition, source code escrow, and M&A transactions
  • Analyzing lessons learned and utilizing proven strategies to secure your future

Contents & Contributors

About

Learn what you need to know about constructing the optimal software license agreement from the experts who know how to do it

A poorly drafted software license agreement can be full of hidden expenses and/or obligations, as well as unforeseen liabilities. Regardless of whether one is interested in procuring, selling, distributing, implementing, producing, or protecting their software or technology, key licensing-related issues such as scope of the licensing grant and ownership, maintenance and support, warranties, indemnification, liability, and confidentiality need to be addressed in a coherent and comprehensive manner. Only by understanding how to work through these provisions and structure them according to the parties' goals can you be proactive about ensuring the deal provides you whether the vendor or end user with maximum value.

American Conference Institute has revised and updated its 12th National Conference on Software Licensing and produced a publication to bring you the most current and significant legal developments and business best practices affecting software licensing. This publication brings together a pre-eminent faculty of leading attorneys and experts from software licensors, end users, developers, and distributors, who will provide you with perspectives and expertise from all sides of the table on:

  • Negotiating license agreements for product development
  • Implementing risk management and confidentiality procedures
  • Preparing for software globalization and the effects of dealing outside the US
  • Managing and manipulating open source software
  • Dealing with troublesome licensing issues, such as revenue recognition, source code escrow, and M&A transactions
  • Analyzing lessons learned and utilizing proven strategies to secure your future

Contents & Contributors


SETTING THE TONE: THE SOFTWARE LICENSE GRANT
Howard Paul Benard, Avis Budget Group

IP INFRINGEMENT RISKS IN SOFTWARE LICENSES
Matthew Cooney, California State Automobile Association
Sandra Levy, Deltek Systems, Inc.
Eric Reifschneider, Cooley Godward LLP

OPEN SOURCE LICENSING
John P. Brockland, Cooley Godward LLP
Kat McCabe, Black Duck Software

NEGOTIATING LICENSE AGREEMENTS FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT: OUTSOURCING V. OTHER STRATEGIES
Paul Arne, Morris, Manning, & Martin, LLP
Ameen Haddad, Oracle USA, Inc.
Brian Leslie, Witness Systems, Inc.

CRAFTING THE AGREEMENT: CUSTOM-MADE AND MODIFIED SOFTWARE: IP OWNERSHIP, USAGE AND ENFORCEMENT RIGHTS
Joseph Yang, PatentEsque Law Group, LLP

CRAFTING THE AGREEMENT: CUSTOM-MADE AND MODIFIED SOFTWARE
Michael Pierovich, Cisco Systems, Inc.

MANAGING PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY PROTECTION ISSUES
Ruth Gaube, Symantec Corporation

MANAGING PRIVACY AND DATA SECURITY PROTECTION ISSUES
Mark Tratos, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

TACKLING THE GLOBALIZATION OF SOFTWARE LICENSING: BEST PRACTICES AND HAZARDS TO AVOID
Lothar Determann, Baker & McKenzie LLP

TRENDS IN SOFTWARE LICENSING: INDIAN PERSPECTIVE
Naina Krishna Murthy, Krishnamurthy and Co. Legal Consultants

ANTICIPATING POST-CONTRACT PRODUCT EVOLUTION ISSUES
Dennis J. Gallitano, Gallitano & O'Connor LLP

ANTICIPATING POST-CONTRACT PRODUCT EVOLUTION ISSUES: LICENSOR PERSPECTIVE
Chris Nadan, Sun Microsystems, Inc.

SOFTWARE LICENSING BOOT CAMP: BASIC TRAINING FOR THE NON-LAWYER CONTRACT PROFESSIONAL
Cathleen Oushakoff, Affiliated Computer Services, Inc.

"DANCES WITH [WERE] WOLVES": SOFTWARE LICENSING TIDBITS FOR "NON-LAWYERS"
Jim Bullock, etalk

SOFTWARE LICENSING BOOT CAMP DUE DILIGENCE, LICENSE AUDITS, AND RISK MANAGEMENT
Kimberly Klein Cauthorn, Kroll Inc.



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