Intellectual Property Owners Association

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IP Chat Channel


Intellectual Property Owners Association’s weekly one-hour webinar series on current topics in IP are produced in cooperation with host Pamela Sherrid, former editor of IP Law & Business magazine. Listen to presentations by experts who will answer your questions immediately!

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2014 Scheduled Webinars

Negotiating a Software License
Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 2:00pm ET

Not every software license requires legal review. But sometimes it may be wise for a licensee’s lawyer to be involved, particularly if the software performance is critical to a client’s business, if it represents a significant cost, or if important and sensitive information of the licensor will be provided to the vendor or hosted on the vendor’s site. Topics to be covered by our panel of experts include an overview of software licensor business models, types of agreements, and factors that impact negotiating leverage; the anatomy of a software license, and potential pitfalls for licensees in, e.g, clauses regarding scope, performance levels, and termination; issues that arise during mergers & acquisitions, including licenses that specifically forbid a target company to transfer the license to the acquirer; and the important new challenges raised by cloud-based software services.


  • Ed Molyneaux, Adobe Systems Inc.
  • Dan Pepper, Pepper Law Group
  • Aaron Rubin, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

Surviving a Software Audit
Thursday, Oct. 2, at 2:00pm ET

Does it seem as if your clients are facing more software audits than in the past? They are. While trade groups such as the BSA | The Software Alliance continue their scrutiny of medium and smaller businesses, software vendors have stepped up their own auditing of large corporate customers. This can be a headache even for companies that have every intention to be compliant with their licenses, and may often require a lawyer’s attention. Our panel of audit veterans will discuss the sequential phases of an audit, starting with negotiation of a detailed pre-audit agreement, followed by deployment reporting, production of licenses that show what the licensor is entitled to, and a negotiation over how much money is owed to the vendor, if any. Certain high-stakes disputes wind up in copyright litigation, and a lawyer experienced in such battles will talk tactics, such as when a licensee might want to file a motion for declaratory judgment.


  • Alexander Lawrence, Morrison & Foerster, LLP
  • Christopher Ruhl, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Robert Scott, Scott & Scott LLP


IP Chat Channel webinars are available on-demand two days after the live webinar. A webinar can be viewed one-time only, either immediately or up to 14 days after payment. Topics are searchable within each of the categories below.

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Pamela Sherrid Former editor of IP Law & Business magazine and a reporter and writer at FortuneForbes and U.S. News & World Report.

Contact Us

For general inquiries or if you would like to be notified of future IP Chat Channel webinars or meetings, e-mail your contact information to or call (202) 507-4500.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit CLE will be available for registered attendees only.  Registered attendees must login under their attendee ID in order to verify attendance.  Once an attendee completes a course, a completed certificate of attendance must be submitted to IPO in order to receive credit (CofAs are provided by IPO once attendance is verified – usually 2-3 business days). LIVE WEBINARS:  IPO is applying for CLE for all live programs in the majority of the states that require CLE.  IPO will not be applying for CLE in the states of Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, or Texas (attorneys in TX may submit up to 5 hours of self-study credit). ON-DEMAND WEBINARS: For webinars recorded February 14, 2013 to present date, IPO is applying for CLE credit in CA, NJ, PA and VA.  At this time, IPO is not applying in any other states.  For webinars recorded prior to February 14, 2013, IPO will not be applying for CLE credit. For questions regarding which states IPO will apply to or other CLE related questions, contact or call (202) 507-4500.

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