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276.41 sec. 001 - Advanced IT Contracts: Drafting and Negotiating (Spring 2020)

Instructor: David Tollen  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 140
    From January 13, 2020
    To March 09, 2020

Course Start: January 13, 2020
Course End: March 09, 2020
Class Number: 32012

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 45
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 50
As of: 06/16 11:02 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 legal work in any industry.

The primary content is a clause-by-clause review of the key terms in cloud computing contracts, software licenses, 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, 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 transactions 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 currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

This is an advanced class, recommended for students who have already drafted several contracts. (That experience may include work as a contract manager, paralegal, or attorney or work in a legal clinic.)

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

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  • Tech Contracts Handbook
    Edition: 2nd 2015
    ISBN: 9781634251785
    e-Book Available: unknown
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $39.95
    Price Source: user provided

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