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276.41 sec. 001 - Tech Industry Contracts: Drafting and Negotiating Software Licenses, Cloud Computing Agreements, and Other IT Contracts (Spring 2019)

Instructor: David Tollen  
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Units: 1


    Th 3:35 PM - 5:25 PM
    Location: Boalt 132
    From January 10, 2019
    To February 21, 2019

Course Start: January 10, 2019
Course End: February 21, 2019
Class Number: (Non-1Ls): 32302

Enrollment info: Enrolled: 45
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 45
As of: 06/11 02:48 PM

Students learn to write and negotiate technology contracts. The goal is to prepare them to practice as transactional attorneys in the IT industry. The secondary benefit is training on contract drafting and negotiation in general, which supports students’ work in any industry.

The primary content is a clause-by-clause review of the key terms in cloud computing contracts, software licenses, data contracts, and the other bread-and-butter agreements of the IT industry. But the course will also include content that is not clause-specific, particularly a primer on contract drafting itself, a review of the IT industry and its particular legal concerns, and a primer on intellectual property as it applies to the industry.

This is not a course on IP licensing. That topic, however, will play an important role.

The course is taught by David W. Tollen, who is an author, expert witness, trainer, and attorney. He wrote The Tech Contracts Handbook: Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts for Lawyers And Businesspeople (ABA Publishing 2015). The book is the number-one bestseller from the IP Section of the American Bar Association, and it will serve as the course’s key text. Mr. Tollen is also the founder of Tech Contracts Academy™, LLP (TCA), where he teaches lawyers and businesspeople to draft and negotiate IT agreements. Finally, Mr. Tollen is the founder of Sycamore Legal® P.C., an IP and IT boutique law firm in San Francisco. There, he represents buyers and sellers in IT contract negotiations and also serves as an expert witness for cases on the same topic. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School and has an Ll.M. from Cambridge University and a B.A. in history from U.C. Berkeley.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all enrolled students; any enrolled students who are not present at the first day of class without prior permission of the instructor will be dropped from the class.

Exam Notes: (TH) Take-home examination
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Public Law and Policy

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  • THE TECH CONTRACTS HANDBOOK, Cloud Computing Agreements, Software Licenses, and Other IT Contracts for Lawyers and Businesspeople
    Edition: 2nd Ed., 2015
    Publisher: ABA Publishing
    ISBN: 9781634251785
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $39.95
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.

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