First – Master Classes. On April 18th, our next Tech Contracts Master Class series begins. Four online classes, two hours each, on Tuesdays (with a one week break halfway through). Join us and get better prepared to negotiate contracts about software, cloud services, and professional services.
For more information on the topics covered in each class, see below. Taught by industry expert David Tollen, the Master Classes include live Q&A (based on students’ written questions during the program); the slides; certificates of attendance; and a 35% discount code for the The Tech Contracts Handbook (when purchased direct from ABA Publishing). Scheduling conflict? Access to recordings is available to registrants (upon request, for a set 30 day period). We hope you will join us.
Next – Other (often free) resources. Along with our Master Classes, we offer many other resources – some without cost. For example, on May 3rd David Tollen presents a free webinar about AI in collaboration with ParleyPro. Details below. And, Tech Contracts Academy regularly publishes short articles illuminating complex contracting topics. Links to some are below; more are available here at our website.
Spring 2023 Master Class™ Series
Taken together, our four online Tech Contracts Master Classes will prepare you to negotiate contracts about software, cloud services, and professional services more confidently and efficiently, and help you avoid common pitfalls:
Prime Clauses (April 18): A contract’s central promise and transaction. The promise of cloud services; license to on-premise software; promise of professional services. Frequently, contracts have a combination. And … the promise to pay.
General Clauses (April 25): Commercial clauses (such as technical specifications, SLAs, business continuity and disaster recovery, non-disclosure) and data clauses (including location, security, incidents, privacy, audits).
Key Liability Terms (May 9): Warranties, indemnities, limits of liability, provider liability for 3rd parties, and liquidated damages.
End-Game & Special Clauses (May 16): Term & termination; transition and deconversion; non-solicits and noncompetes; dispute management, mediation, arbitration, waiver of class actions, jury trials; ancillary IP terms; assignment, change of control, divestiture; choice of law and courts; order of precedence; amendment; open source software.
Additional resources from David Tollen
Webinar: Our Future Jobs: AI and Other 21st Century Contracting Tools – event with Parley Pro
The seemingly sudden appearance of ChatGPT has rattled many contract-drafters. (Indeed, it has rattled a lot of professionals who make their living by stringing together complete sentences). On May 3rd from 10–11 AM PT, tune in for this Zoom webinar (at no charge). You can register here.
Sample blog posts from David Tollen
- Why Not Use “License” Agreements for SaaS Deals? Many software-as-a-service (SaaS) contracts grant a “license” to the vendor’s software. That’s a mistake. This blog post briefly explains why.
- Insurance Companies Give Nuclear Indemnities; Tech Vendors Should Not “Vendor shall indemnify Customer against any third party claim arising out of or related to Vendor’s breach of this Agreement.” This is what David Tollen calls a nuclear indemnity, and in this blog post he explains why tech vendors should not grant them.
- How Long Should A Warranty Last? David Tollen offers thoughts on how long a warranty of function should last, a topic regularly debated in contract negotiations.
- More blog posts are available here at our website.
- For a deeper dive on the topics covered, consider checking out our Master Classes, webinars, and in-house training opportunities.
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CLE. Tech Contracts Master Classes™ are approved for Continuing Legal Education credit in California. Licensed elsewhere? Jurisdictions (and professions) differ as to whether students may apply individually for continuing education credit, and what is required. Materials we make available (e.g., slides, presenter’s biography) may assist students’ self-submission efforts. Check here for more details about CLE.
Our presenter. David Tollen founded Tech Contracts Academy® LLC. An attorney, instructor at U.C. Berkeley Law School, and expert witness, he authored the American Bar Association’s perennial bestseller, The Tech Contracts Handbook (ABA Publishing; 3rd ed. 2021). It is available from Amazon here, and other retailers.
Tech Contracts Academy® is a professional training company, created to bring confidence and expertise to professionals responsible for technology contracts. It provides public and in-house training on drafting and negotiating IT agreements. Contact us here or email email@example.com for more information about training for just your team.
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