Smithline PC - What We Do

OVERVIEW:  We help our clients review their products at the point where product design, business objectives and legal concerns intersect.  This includes reviewing online user flows and consent dialogs, drafting terms of service and developer policies and analyzing third-party app store and platform terms.

KEY QUESTIONS

Whatever your product – a mobile game, a wearable device or an enterprise SaaS service – you face a series of questions that go to the heart of your legal relationships with users and others:

Are your terms of service enforceable?

Your carefully drafted terms of service are useless if a court finds they were unenforceable from the start.   How you implement your terms can make a big difference in their enforceability, so in addition to helping you draft clear terms, we conduct a screen-by-screen review of how you present them to users and advise on best practices for implementation.

Does your privacy policy accurately describe how you collect, use and share data?   

Your privacy policy contains legal promises that can be enforced by users, state attorneys general, and federal regulators.  As you introduce new features, expand advertiser relationships and adopt new methods of user tracking, are you checking your evolving practices against your posted privacy policy?   By tracking these issues as we negotiate your deals and staying current on your product plans, we help you ensure that your privacy policy keeps pace with changes on the ground.

Have you reviewed any third-party app store or developer terms that apply to your product?

If you offer your service through mobile apps, then you are likely subject to iOS, Android, Amazon or other third-party platform distribution terms.   We can help you map out these sometimes confusing terms and understand how they apply to your service as it changes over time.

TYPES OF PRODUCT LEGAL SERVICES

Our product legal services include:

  • Reviewing online product pages, user flows and consent dialogs
  • Drafting terms of service and privacy policies
  • Reviewing data collection and sharing practices
  • Analyzing third-party developer and app store terms
  • Coordinating with your product, finance and internal legal terms on product legal issues

“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)

“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

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

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

What's New

Welcome Reagan Haas!

We are pleased to announce that Reagan Haas has joined the firm as an Associate. Reagan joins us from Ropes & Gray. Reagan has a BA from Oklahoma State University and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. For more information about Reagan, please see her bio here.... MORE +

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 +