The most critical issues for software companies include monetizing their software and guarding against piracy. Software licenses and SaaS agreements ensure that software developers get paid and have the tools to prevent unauthorized use of their software. Sequoia Legal understands your legal needs when structuring licensing and end-user agreements.Schedule FREE Consultation
There is no one-size-fits-all software licensing agreement. Instead, you need an agreement tailored to suit your exact needs. It should address:
For example, you need different types of licenses for beta tests vs. full releases. Your license agreements must also address different factors based on whether the user installs the software on their computer or accesses the software through the cloud.
You need a software licensing attorney with a broad range of experience with different business models, software platforms and delivery systems, and customer relationships. Your lawyer will not only know how to structure legally sound software agreements but may also suggest how you can get the most out of your intellectual property and trade secrets.
Our software lawyers have decades of experience negotiating and drafting agreements for licensing software to customers.
Licensing agreements give limited rights to the use of your intellectual property. They do not convey ownership rights. As a result, licensing is ideal for monetizing your software while maintaining total control over its development, distribution, and use.
A license can grant or deny users of the software the right to:
A license also gives you a mechanism to terminate a user's access to and use of your software when they misuse it.
You can include any limitations in software licenses that do not abuse your market power. Some common provisions in software licenses include:
The termination section will address the grounds for termination and what happens after terminating the software license.
Contact Sequoia Legal to discuss your software licensing program and how to tailor your software licensing agreements to your company’s needs.
SaaS stands for "software as a service." For decades, users considered software a product. But high-speed internet and cloud computing allowed the industry to treat software as a service. Instead of buying software, users buy a subscription to use software running on the cloud.
SaaS raises different contractual issues from conventional software packages. If you provide SaaS, you need a software licensing law firm that understands your business model and how to tailor your SaaS agreements to it.
Software and technology clients have unique needs in the business world. They often invest years in developing software and need license agreements to ensure that they get paid for their hard work.
Your software and SaaS lawyer will supplement these core terms with additional language specific to the services you provide to companies. For example, if you provide a graphics engine and application interface, you will explain how users can incorporate your software into their products and engage in third-party licensing.
A software license agreement attorney will provide a range of services to help you structure your end-user license agreements, including:
Importantly, an experienced technology licensing attorney can also identify alternatives to software licenses, such as:
Under your business model, you might even need additional contracts for your users, including:
Software and technology clients often have unique needs depending on their products, their revenue models, and even their commitments to investors and licensors. A software license attorney will create a set of agreements to address all your needs.
Our software licensing attorneys understand how to turn your business model into an enforceable license agreement. Contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss your software company and its needs.
Technology companies are not experts in software licensing. Your goal is to create software products and services that entertain, increase productivity, or simplify tasks. Our software and technology clients turn to us for:
You’ve put years of development work into your software products and services. We act as your trusted legal advisors in bringing those products to the marketplace. Sequoia Legal provides the knowledge, experience, and skill to help you protect and monetize your technology.
Software licenses present both intellectual property and business legal issues. Our Denver software license lawyers have extensive experience in both these fields, putting us in an ideal position to help you.Meet Your Attorneys
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Your company’s needs are unique. You cannot rely on off-the-shelf license agreements to meet them. Instead, you need a lawyer who will tailor an agreement to your products, services, and revenue model.
Contact Sequoia Legal to discuss your business objectives, and let us create the right software or SaaS agreement to meet them.
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A common mistake happens when software developers give up ownership of their software. Licenses do not transfer ownership of your software. They only permit the use of it. An agreement should expressly reserve ownership of your software.
Your agreement should address both the software you created and the improvements made by the AI or machine learning algorithm. In other words, you provided the seed. The agreement should explain who owns the plant that grows from it.
Companies that use software licenses and SaaS agreements include:
These are just a few examples of clients who use our services.