Managing Software Compliance Is a Legal Issue

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Robert J. Scott and Julie Machal-Fulks, partners in technology law firm Scott & Scott, LLP, discuss how to manage software compliance in a CLE in a State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Workshop in San Antonio, TX on February 17th.

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Companies of all sizes are struggling with issues evaluating software license compliance.

Companies of all sizes are struggling with issues related to information technology (“IT”). These struggles extend to evaluating compliance with software licenses. From shrink- or click-wrap licenses to heavily negotiated enterprise licenses, licensees have an ever-changing landscape of licenses to review and manage. They experience difficulty in understanding and negotiating critical provisions like limitations of liability, indemnification, geographic restrictions, transferability, and termination rights. These misunderstandings lead to difficulty staying compliant with the software licensing obligations, which leads to significant financial exposure during software audits and other disputes. Establishing regular software compliance reviews at periodic intervals can help reduce, but will likely not eliminate, the risks associated with managing software compliance.

On February 17th, software license experts, Robert J. Scott and Julie Machal-Fulks, partners in technology law firm Scott & Scott, LLP, will address software license issues in “Managing Software License Compliance” in a CLE sponsored by the State Bar of Texas Intellectual Property Workshop in San Antonio, TX. The day-long workshop precedes the 29th Annual Advanced Intellectual Property Law course sponsored by the Texas Bar CLE and the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Attendees will learn:

  • Types of software licenses
  • Geographic restrictions
  • Indemnification and limits of liability
  • Prohibitions on transferring software licenses
  • Termination provisions
  • Common hurdles with software license management
  • Infrastructure assessments
  • Virtualization
  • Software audits

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About Robert J. Scott
Robert represents mid-market and large enterprise companies in software license transactions and disputes with major software publishers such as Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. He has defended over 225 software audit matters initiated by software piracy trade groups such as the BSA and SIIA. He is counsel to some of the world's largest corporations on information technology matters including intellectual property licensing, risk management, data privacy, and outsourcing. Robert ensures that Scott & Scott, LLP continues its focus on cost-effective strategies that deliver positive results. He is regularly called upon by his peers and the media to share his expertise.

About Julie Machal-Fulks
Julie leads a team of attorneys in representing and defending clients in legal matters relating to information technology. Her practice focuses on complex litigation ranging from privacy and network security, data breach notification and crisis management, intellectual property disputes, service provider negligence claims, and content-based injuries such as copyright and trademark infringement in software, the Internet, and all forms of tangible media.

Her focused practice has made Julie a trusted resource in her field, often invited to submit papers and present on topics including data breach notification, security incident response, and defending against regulatory and consumer class actions.

About Scott & Scott, LLP
Scott & Scott, LLP is a leading intellectual property and technology law firm representing businesses in matters involving software licensing. Scott & Scott, LLP's legal and technology professionals provide software audit defense and software compliance solutions, all protected by attorney-client and work-product privileges. Visit

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