This Briefing gives practical insight into the law relating to software contracts. In particular, it details the key techniques for negotiating and drafting better contracts.
An analysis of the law and its implications is offered, whilst the practical and commercial aspects of software contract negotiation are covered in detail.Software Contract Agreements covers:
1. UNDERSTANDING SOFTWARE LICENCE AGREEMENTS
2. SOME GENERAL TYPES OF SOFTWARE LICENCE AGREEMENTS
3. LAWS AND REGULATIONS
4. EUROPEAN UNION LAW OVERVIEW
5. FOCUSING ON MAJOR TRANSACTIONS
6. PREPARING FOR NEGOTIATIONS
7. PREPARING THE CONTRACTS
8. NECESSARY LICENCE PROVISIONS
9. UNDERSTANDING NEGOTIATING PRINCIPLES
10. SOME NEGOTIATING TACTICS OF SUPPLIERS
11. CUSTOMER NEGOTIATING TACTICS
12. CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
13. THE USE OF NON-VERBALS IN NEGOTIATION
14. HOW DO YOU DEFINE A ‘WIN-WIN’ DEAL?
Robert Bond is a Partner and Notary Public, at Speechly Bircham LLP. He has specialised in Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Multimedia Law since 1979, representing a wide range of international and blue chip companies. Robert advises a wide range of clients on IP/IT including inventors, authors and programmers, telecommunications and multimedia businesses, publishers, breweries, banks and insurance companies as well as companies in the biotech sector. His skills are in negotiating and drafting the full spectrum of legal agreements involved in IP/IT combined with applying commercial realism to the same.
Apart from providing legal advice, Robert is actively involved in a number of specialist committees including the Legal Advisory Group to the Federation Against Software Theft, the Childrens Privacy Group and the Intellectual Property Committee of the IBA and the Privacy Committee of the World Law Group. In addition, he is chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (UK) Committee on electronic business, IT and telecoms and is Chairman of the IT & E-Commerce Committee of the Licensing Executive Society.
He is a Liveryman of the City of London Solicitors Company and also of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, and is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the Notaries Society, and the American Bar Association. He is the author of Software Licence Agreements, Negotiating Tactics and Techniques for Software and Hi-Tech Agreements, E-Licences and Software Contracts and Negotiating International Software Licenses and Data Transfer Agreements, and regularly speaks and writes on IP/IT matters.
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