Smithline PC - What We Do

OVERVIEW: 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.

TECHNOLOGY FOCUS

From guidance on structuring strategic partnering, OEM and distribution agreements to drafting and negotiating your day-to-day sales, marketing and business development deals, Smithline PC provides practical and cost-effective legal advice from experienced counsel.  This means:

  • Knowledge of both your business and technology
  • Responsive and practical advice you can understand
  • Clear and simple documents

Because we focus on just these types of transactions, we are uniquely equipped to understand your business objectives, match legal advice with your goals, and bring creative options to the table. This is especially important for technology companies – we believe that being familiar with how you develop, position, and sell your product is critical to providing you with effective legal advice.

IN-HOUSE APPROACH

From years of supporting in-house deal and legal teams, we understand the pressure our clients are under to deliver and the efficient, no-nonsense way in which they like to interact with their counsel.  By supplying short, practical forms tailored to your business and pro-actively coordinating with your internal stakeholders, we can help streamline your deal workflow and reduce deal closing time while still helping to protect your company’s long-term interests.

BROAD RANGE OF DEALS

The types of deals we help clients with include:

  • Internet: Content/Data Licenses, Affiliate and Platform Terms, Analytics and Tracking Relationships, Commerce and Payment Agreements
  • SaaS/Cloud: Subscription, Channel and Technology Partner Agreements
  • Software: License Agreements, EULAs and OEM, Reseller and Referral Agreements
  • Mobile: Marketplace Agreements, Operator and Aggregator Relationships
  • Device: Development, Contract Manufacturing, Component Supply, Marketing, Distribution
  • Video Game: Development and Distribution Agreements, Third-Party IP Licenses
  • Online Advertising: Advertising and Sponsor Terms, Ad Networks, Optimization Agreements
  • Terms:  Terms of Use, Privacy Policies, Developer Terms

“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)

“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

Emily Guttenberg Joins Smithline PC as an Associate

We are pleased to announce that Emily Guttenberg has joined the firm as an Associate. Emily joins us from Morrison & Foerster. Emily has a BA from UCLA and a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law. For more information about Emily, 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 +

SF Bar Fixed-Fee Billing Program Now Online

Alternative fee arrangements are all the buzz, but very few firms have taken the plunge to drop the billable hour entirely in their engagements with demanding corporate clients. In this OnDemand program from the San Francisco Bar Association, Todd Smithline of Smithline PC and Ryan Tyz of Tyz Law Group cover both the practical and […]... MORE +