From the startup and funding phase, through dizzying growth cycles, and often into complex mergers, acquisitions, and licensing arrangements, software and technology companies face challenges that are as unique as the solutions they develop.  Effective representation requires attorneys that are as tech-savvy and familiar with the complexities of the software and technology world as they are experienced in counseling generations-old Fortune 500 companies. Gleaves Swearingen is uniquely positioned to partner with these dynamic companies.  In addition to our expertise in general business solutions, our team includes attorneys who have actually worked for successful software and technology companies on the inside.  From negotiating and drafting contracts for development and licensing of sophisticated technology, to managing, retaining and supporting highly skilled employees, to registering, maintaining and enforcing intellectual property rights, our attorneys speak the language, simplify the processes for our clients, and allow them to do what they do best: develop cutting edge software and technologies. Our firm has substantial experience assisting clients in the technology and software industries, including: Negotiating and drafting:

  • Employee, contractor, consultant and work-made-for-hire agreements
  • Confidentiality, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements
  • Software and other technology and intellectual property licenses
  • Terms of use and privacy policies
Advising on:
  • Startup, business formation and funding phases
  • Selection, protection and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights
  • Trade secrets and creating trade secret protection programs
  • Issues of user privacy and publishing user content
  • Sale and acquisition of intellectual property, including through mergers and acquisitions
  • Defending and enforcing trademark and copyright rights, and defending against trade secret misappropriation
We represent many different technology and software companies, including:
  • Software development companies
  • Education technology companies
  • Web-based businesses

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