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 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

“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

“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)

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

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

What's New

Loretta Lau Certified as EU Privacy Professional

Congratulations to our Associate Loretta Lau on becoming a Certified Information Privacy Professional on European Union data protection (CIPP/E) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Loretta’s full bio is here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking at Copyright Society on PUBG Case

Todd Smithline will be joining the Copyright Society of Northern California’s panel on “Copyright and Video Game Clones: Battle Royale of the Battles Royale” on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Kilpatrick and Townsend at Noon. More information here.... MORE +

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 +