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This activity has assisted other people in the following competencies: Technical legal practice


Full description

This course looks at the fundamental elements of a range of common IT agreements, such as software and hardware development, distribution and licensing agreements and systems implementation agreements, to assist the commercial practitioner in drafting and negotiating agreements in this area. The course will examine real clauses and will cover:

  • Tips for drafting IT agreements

  • Scoping the IT project - who should draw up the specification, how detailed should it be, does a lawyer need to know the technical jargon?

  • Defining the development or implementation phases, including managing changes to the specification, building useful acceptance testing procedures and structuring milestone payments

  • Ownership vs licensing of IT, individual or multi-user rights, use by third parties

  • The effect of EU and UK competition law on IT agreements

  • Support & maintenance, and Service Level Agreements - setting the standards, assessing compliance and addressing non-compliance

  • Drafting warranty, indemnity and liability clauses in the light of recent case law

  • Other key clauses in IT agreements - escrow arrangements, ensuring business continuity, termination and its consequences

Attend ‘Drafting IT Agreements - The Essential Guide’ and 'Drafting and Negotiating IP Licences' on the same day and RECEIVE A COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH


Lecturers

James Mitchiner

is an intellectual property specialist and founder of Mitchiners, which was established in 2005 to advise owner-managed businesses on intellectual property and related commercial issues. James has particular expertise in international trade mark and design protection law. In recent years he has represented clients in the Patents County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal on unregistered design right, copyright and trade mark licensing issues. James teaches postgraduate students at Queen Mary College London on issues of patent and trade mark law.


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