Smithline PC - What We Do

TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS

We help Internet, SaaS/software, device and video game companies structure, draft and negotiate the deals that are critical to their businesses. Our focus on technology transactions means we have the up-to-the-minute knowledge necessary to help our clients make the most of their deals with their developers, partners and customers. MORE +

OPEN SOURCE

We advise clients on the legal aspects of using open source both internally and as part of their proprietary products. We also advise companies on making contributions to open source projects and releasing code under open source licenses. MORE +

TOOLS AND TRAINING

For each of our areas of focus, we provide forms, checklists and other practical tools customized for each client’s specific needs. We also provide a series of training programs targeted directly at the issues our clients face in their day-to-day negotiations. MORE +

“We can count on Smithline PC for insightful feedback, judgment and guidance for any deal. They have become trusted business partners for Adobe’s growing business.”

– Joe Ramirez, VP Licensing & AGC, Adobe Systems

“We have great trust and respect for their work. Their turnaround times and availability are awesome. Most importantly, they really understand our SaaS business.”

– Joe Whitty, VP Finance, Moovweb

“Pragmatic advisers on the leading edge of licensing, software and technology.”

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

“Their knowledge of the law and complex IP negotiations is stunning and their turn-around times are impressively fast.”

– Steve Woolven, President of Applanix (Trimble)

What's New

Important Change to MongoDB’s Open Source License

Many of you may be using MongoDB’s open source Community Server database somewhere in your operations or products. A recent announcement and license switch by MongoDB may affect you, so please review the following carefully. Old Reality: MongoDB under AGPL Historically, MongoDB was licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License (“AGPL”). The AGPL is a […]... MORE +

Welcome Loretta Lau!

We are pleased to announce that Loretta Lau has joined the firm as an Associate. Loretta joins us from Kirkland & Ellis. Loretta has a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from New York University School of Law. For more information about Loretta, please see her bio here.... MORE +

“GDPR Primer for SaaS Companies” at Smithline Training

What should a U.S.-based Software as a Service (SaaS) company know about the E.U. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Guest instructor Mark Webber provides a general overview of the GDPR, explains how it reaches U.S.-based companies, reviews its key principles and previews common compliance questions SaaS vendors should expect from their E.U.-based customers. Check out […]... MORE +