Monday, November 16, 2009

Some Shameless Self Promotion


The State of Wisconsin has written off $100 million in IT contracts?

Barnes and Noble is being sued for allegedly breaching a confidentiality agreement relating to its new electronic text reading device (the “Nook”)?

Novell and SCO have been involved in litigation regarding ownership of the Unix operating system since January of 2004?

Each of these is an example of a no-win situation. Reputations will be damaged, time and business opportunity will be lost. No one will be significantly better off when the dust settles (except perhaps for the lawyers handling the cases).

Yet such disputes and losses are not inevitable. We can train your personnel to negotiate and draft IT, IP and nondisclosure agreements that are clear, effective and which help ensure the success of the underlying projects. We call them “Contracts That Work.”

Topics include:

  • Protection of trade secrets
  • Proper identification and use of confidential information
  • Ownership of intellectual property
  • Payment schedules that help ensure performance
  • Avoiding “project creep”
  • Securing the rights that you need
  • Getting the “best price”
  • Avoiding unexpected delays and unforeseen charges

Sessions are limited to fifteen participants and can be tailored to address the specific needs of individual companies or units.

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About Tom Hall:

Tom Hall is formerly Of Counsel in the Nashville office of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. He was a member of the firm's business and technology practice group. He has over twenty years experience, both with law firms and as in-house legal counsel. He therefore possesses a unique understanding of the legal and business issues involved in IP and IT transactions.

Tom is co-author of three books on IT and IP matters:

Application Service Provider and Software as a Service Agreements Line By Line
Patent License Agreements Line By Line
Joint Development Agreements Line By Line

(All written with Kelly L. Frey, Sr. and published by Aspatore.)

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