Review of Contract Language for Consultants

Tue, Feb 19 2013, 7:00 pm              Review of Contract Language for Consultants 1

Consultants regularly require review of contracts and other legal documents. Since the language contained in these documents can have a substantial impact on the financial health and well-being of a consultant’s business, a basic understanding of the language can reduce one’s liability exposure and legal expenses.

This talk will address the key contract language and clauses that should be included in numerous documents, including the following:

  • consulting agreements
  • partnership agreements
  • corporation bylaws and articles
  • operating agreements for LLCs
  • covenants not to compete
  • non-disclosure agreements
  • confidentiality agreements
  • licensing agreements for patents, trademarks or copyrights
  • commercial leases
  • employee manuals (as employer or employee)
  • insurance policies

This talk will examine sample language and the issues raised by this language. However, listening to this talk cannot substitute for the competent legal advice of a qualified attorney.


Review of Contract Language for Consultants 2About the speaker,  Jonathan J. Sweet, Esq., Law Offices of Jonathan J. Sweet

Jonathan J. Sweet, Esq. works for business clients on litigation and transactional matters. He is the author of two books on the subjects of contracts and avoiding litigation, and he has taught law courses at Lincoln Law School of San Jose, San Jose State University (SJSU) and the University of San Francisco (USF).

A key component of Jonathan’s legal representation is to put the client’s needs first, and to try to make legal services cost-effective. He gives presentations to groups on legal topics, and has created a Risk Management Video that addresses some important contractual issues.

Jonathan is available to act as an arbitrator or mediator to help resolve disputes, and can also serve as an expert witness or consultant in litigation. He received his BA from UC Berkeley in 1978 and his JD from USF in 1985. He lectures regularly for Lorman Education Services on transactional and litigation matters.

CNSV Pre-meeting: MedSIG (6-7 pm)

Co-Chairs: Shashidhar Sathyanarayana and Carl Angotti

Location: E.O. Wilson Room (adjoining the Aristotle Room)

Mobile Medical Devices and mHealth: Strengths and Challenges

Speaker: Parul Kapur, JD, MS

Welcome to an interactive session discussing the trends, strengths and challenges in this revolutionary field of mobile medical devices and applications. This sector has grown exponentially in the past several years from a mere concept into a massive movement which represents the future of health care. In this session, we will discuss technical and non-technical issues that are unique to the sector.

Parul Kapur, JD, MS is a medical and health technology expert with a legal background. She has 10 years of cross-functional experience focusing in medical, health, wireless and software technologies. Most recently, she co-founded a business providing software, advisory and strategic solutions to health and medical companies. Previously, she worked with medical and health clients at Shay Glenn LLP, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert Berghoff LLP and in her own Patent Practice. She has a JD from John Marshall Law School, a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Wright State University and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and is a Registered Patent Agent.

CNSV Pre-meeting: Intellectual Property (IP) SIG (6-7 pm)

Co-Chairs: Joel Williams, Tal Lavian and Jerry Rice

Location: Aristotle Room

What’s Driving Patent Sales?

Speaker: Ron Laurie, Esq.

This talk will be a look at the current patent marketplace in the wake of megadeals like Nortel, Motorola, AOL and Kodak, and the role of technical experts in getting these deals to close.

Ron Laurie is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC, the first intellectual property investment bank, with offices in Silicon Valley, Taiwan and Singapore. Inflexion Point represents technology companies and institutional investors in the acquisition and sale of patent portfolios having strategic value, and in the sourcing and execution of IP-intensive M&A transactions.

Prior to launching Inflexion Point in 2004, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps’ Silicon Valley office where he led the firm’s IP Strategy & Transactions practice group. In this position, Ron led IP teams in some of the largest technology deals ever done – worth over $50 billion in the aggregate.

Location: Agilent Technologies, Bldg. 5

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