Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog Author Kristie Prinz to Present Webinar on “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests”

Comments Off on Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog Author Kristie Prinz to Present Webinar on “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests” Written by on June 2, 2017 | Posted in Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Silicon Valley IP licensing Law Blog Author Kristie Prinz will be co-presenting a webinar on “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests”  with Kelley Miller of Reed Smith on August 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. PST/1:00 p.m. EDT. To register for this webinar, please sign up at:  https://www.straffordpub.com/products/negotiating-saas-agreements-drafting-key-contract-provisions-protecting-customer-and-vendor-interests-2017-08-08. Related posts: […]

Controversial Ninth Circuit Ruling May Limit the Availability of the DMCA Safe Harbor for Websites Relying on Moderators

Comments Off on Controversial Ninth Circuit Ruling May Limit the Availability of the DMCA Safe Harbor for Websites Relying on Moderators Written by on April 13, 2017 | Posted in Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

A controversial ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was issued last week, which has the potential to discourage websites from relying on moderators for user-generated content going forward. In the case of Mavrix Photographs LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. filed April 7, 2017), the Court ruled that agency law applied […]

SaaS Contracts: Is Your SaaS Contract Extending Your Sales Cycle?

Comments Off on SaaS Contracts: Is Your SaaS Contract Extending Your Sales Cycle? Written by on March 3, 2017 | Posted in Upcoming Speaking Engagements

The average sales contract being signed by a SaaS company has nothing to do with the technology being sold and fails to include all of the key contract terms that need to be in a SaaS contract.  Moreover, the average SaaS contract is more often than not actually a software license being passed off as […]

Passage of Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Silicon Valley Companies New Trade Secret Enforcement Tools

Comments Off on Passage of Defend Trade Secrets Act Provides Silicon Valley Companies New Trade Secret Enforcement Tools Written by on May 3, 2016 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, IP Legislation, Trade Secret Legislation

When Congress passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act last week, legislators significantly expanded the tools available to Silicon Valley companies for addressing acts of trade secret misappropriation.  Previously, trade secrets law had been largely a matter of state law, and U.S. companies seeking to file a claim for trade secrets misappropriation had been limited to […]

Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog Author Kristie Prinz to Speak at Upcoming Webinar on “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts”

Comments Off on Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog Author Kristie Prinz to Speak at Upcoming Webinar on “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts” Written by on March 24, 2016 | Posted in Blog News

Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog author Kristie Prinz has been invited to present a webinar on “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts” for Clear Law Institute on May 6, 2016 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST.  For more information on the event or to register, please visit the Clear Law Institute website at http://clearlawinstitute.com/.  […]

The Prinz Law Office Launches New Copyright Law Meetup Group

Comments Off on The Prinz Law Office Launches New Copyright Law Meetup Group Written by on December 15, 2015 | Posted in Blog News

The Prinz Law Office has just launched a new meetup group on copyright law issues in conjunction with the High Tech Section of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.  The new meetup group will be called: Copyright, Software, Internet & Social Media and the Law.  The firm anticipates having in-person as well as remote access […]

Should You Follow the Advice of this Start-up if Approached with a Demand Letter by a So-Called ‘Patent Troll’?

Comments Off on Should You Follow the Advice of this Start-up if Approached with a Demand Letter by a So-Called ‘Patent Troll’? Written by on March 23, 2015 | Posted in Patent Infringement Litigation

Tech Crunch published an interesting commentary today written by Chris Hulls, Chief Executive Officer of Life360, in which Mr. Hulls shares his story of taking on a patent troll and urges other start-ups to do the same. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Life360 patent case, Ars Technica recently published an article […]

Pitfalls in Negotiating and Drafting Exclusive Licensing Deals: Lessons from Macy’s Dispute with JcPenney’s Over its Martha Stewart Product Line

Comments Off on Pitfalls in Negotiating and Drafting Exclusive Licensing Deals: Lessons from Macy’s Dispute with JcPenney’s Over its Martha Stewart Product Line Written by on March 4, 2015 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, IP Licensing Deals, IP Transactions

When a new client contacts me for assistance in negotiating a licensing deal, the client almost always informs me that the deal is going to be an exclusive licensing arrangement.  However, when I engage the client further to tell me more about the proposed exclusivity deal, in most cases the proposed terms on the table […]

Practical Tips on Choosing your Start-Up’s Name

Comments Off on Practical Tips on Choosing your Start-Up’s Name Written by on February 27, 2015 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property

Given my Silicon Valley location, I often am consulted by entrepreneurs and start-ups who have just started a business and are seeking advice on how to protect their trademarks.  However, more often than not, I quickly determine that the name that the entrepreneur or start-up has selected is a poor mark and my advice ends […]

Recent Interview of Kristie Prinz for World Trademark Review

Comments Off on Recent Interview of Kristie Prinz for World Trademark Review Written by on October 10, 2014 | Posted in Blog News, Trademark Infringement

I wanted to share with blog readers a recent interview I had with World Trademark Review following up on the media coverage regarding the shutdown of TwitPic. Click here to view the World Trademark Review story.    Related posts: Twitpic’s Abrupt Announcement to Shut Down over Trademark Dispute: Convenient Excuse or Full Story? Genetic Engineering […]

Challenges of Negotiating a Licensing Deal with a Start-Up

1 Comments Written by on September 12, 2014 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property

I recently gave a webinar on Negotiating License Agreements with Start-Ups, and wanted to follow up on that program with some comments for Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog readers on some of the challenges that companies may face when negotiating an IP licensing deal with a start-up. In the years that I have worked […]

Successfully Managing Intellectual Property Disputes as an Early-Stage Start-up

Comments Off on Successfully Managing Intellectual Property Disputes as an Early-Stage Start-up Written by on September 11, 2014 | Posted in IP Licensing Litigation

TechCrunch posted an article this afternoon written by attorney David Soofian, which caught my attention, addressing the issue of what to do as a young start-up if you are sued for patent infringement.   In particular, the article addressed the challenges posed by so-called patent trolls, who use “weak patents to go after young tech […]

Getty Images Copyright Dispute Against Microsoft to Challenge Legality of Recently Released Widget

Comments Off on Getty Images Copyright Dispute Against Microsoft to Challenge Legality of Recently Released Widget Written by on September 5, 2014 | Posted in Commercialization of Intellectual Property, Copyright Cases of Interest, Copyright Infringement, IP Licensing Litigation

Getty Images made news in the copyright world this week by filing a complaint against Microsoft Corporation in the Southern District of New York  for “infringing and facilitating the massive infringement of [its] copyrights” through its release of the new Bing Image Widget service.  To review the full complaint, click here. The case is significant […]

Twitpic’s Abrupt Announcement to Shut Down over Trademark Dispute: Convenient Excuse or Full Story?

1 Comments Written by on September 4, 2014 | Posted in Trademark Filings, Trademark Litigation

Twitpic announced in a blog posting today that it will be shutting down on Sept. 25th over a trademark dispute with Twitter regarding the use of the name “twitpic.” Various media outlets have also covered the announcement such as  Wall Street Journal and Time. The reporting on this story has thus far not raised many […]

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