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 privacy 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

“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

“Our ace in the hole for the business' most critical transactions. ”

– Joe Berkowitz, Deputy GC and Global Head of Partnerships, Xero

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

– Keenan Conder, General Counsel, Tableau Software

What's New

Todd Smithline Speaking at Video Game Bar Association Summit 2017

Todd Smithline is speaking at the Video Game Bar Association’s Game Business and Legal Affairs Summit at UCLA on May 14th, 2017. More information here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking on “The Innovators: New Legal Services Models” at NALP 2017 Annual Education Conference

Todd Smithline will be speaking on the “The Innovators: New Legal Services Models” at the 2017 NALP Annual Education Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. More information here.... MORE +

Todd Smithline Speaking at “More than Just a Game” Queen Mary University of London Conference

Todd Smithline will be delivering a lecture entitled “Are the Rules of a Game now Copyrightable? The Impact Mobile Game Clone Cases are Having on US Copyright Law” at the More Than Just a Game: Interactive Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law Conference on April 7,  2017 at Stationers Hall, London. More information here.... MORE +