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Software, Hardware & the Internet

Legal Services for Computer, Internet and e-Commerce Companies

Building upon our years of experience representing computer software and equipment vendors, as well as e-commerce and other internet-based businesses, we offer special expertise both in protecting our clients’ computer/ internet technologies and intellectual property, and in developing integrated computer/internet contract forms that serve as a business tool rather than an obstacle to closing sales.

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We negotiate and draft all agreements commonly used in the computer industry and on the web, including:

  • SaaS and cloud computing contracts;
  • Software development, license and support agreements;
  • Outsourcing and professional services agreements;
  • Database publisher and subscriber arrangements;
  • Distribution, OEM, VAR, sales agency, and joint venture agreements;
  • System acquisition and integration contracts and equipment leases;
  • Website terms of use, privacy policies and other online agreements; and
  • Employee confidentiality, invention and non-competition agreements.

We counsel clients concerning patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets in connection with computer technologies and we assist in the prosecution and registration of associated rights.

We represent U.S. computer and software companies in international relationships and transactions in many countries, including:

  • Joint ventures, teaming arrangements and offshore licensing;
  • Manufacturing, procurement and research and development operations;
  • Establishment of subsidiaries, overseas investments and repatriation of profits;
  • Distributorship termination disputes; and
  • Advice on international intellectual property protection.
Representative experience:

  • Serving as general counsel to a venture-backed micropayment technology company, and advising on corporate structure, licensing and financing matters.
  • Assisting a developer of newspaper advertising management systems in shifting from a licensing to a software-as-a-service model.
  • Counseling a developer of e-learning software platform in licensing its software to multiple publishers.
  • Acting as general counsel to a developer of assistive technology for the reading-disabled, from its spinout from a bankrupt speech recognition company until its sale to an educational software publisher.
  • Representing a multi-billion dollar foreign pension investment fund in contracting for storage and emergency back-up services and secure cloud-based services for critical software applications.
  • Leading To a Better Educational Experience with EvoText
    10/26/2017

    From negotiating with The College Board to forming a product entity and beyond, MBBP has helped this educational software leader build custom eLearning solutions for schools, publishers, and businesses.

  • Our Journey with Help Scout
    8/26/2015

    When Help Scout “graduated” from its incubator, MBBP directed its transition to a Delaware corporation. After raising seed funding from angel investors, Help Scout was ready to seek institutional financing, so MBBP steered the company through a Series A financing.

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