IP Agreements: Structuring Indemnification and Limitation of Liability Provisions to Allocate Infringement Risk

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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This CLE webinar will prepare counsel to IP owners, licensees and licensors to protect their interests by allocating infringement risks during negotiations by use of indemnification and limitation of liability provisions in the agreement. The panel will offer best practices for negotiating and structuring these provisions to effectively allocate risk between the parties.

Description

Indemnification provisions are often overlooked but are an extremely important part of any IP agreement. Effective drafting and negotiation of indemnification provisions are key to protecting valuable business property interests, reducing the risk of future litigation and minimizing litigation costs if a dispute arises.

When structuring indemnification provisions, in addition to considering who is covered and who is indemnifying whom, counsel must keep in mind who will control the defense in litigation. Further, inclusion of limitation of liability provisions will reduce the risk and decrease the incentive for litigation. In view of these litigation concerns, counsel should consider the types of damages, claims and activities that are to be covered in the agreement.

Counsel to all parties must carefully consider the scope of liability covered by the indemnification obligation, as well as liability triggers and indemnification of third parties, when negotiating the contract terms.

Listen as our authoritative panel of IP attorneys examines indemnification and limitation of liability provisions in IP agreements and what factors IP counsel should account for when negotiating and drafting these provisions. The panel will offer best practices for negotiating and structuring these provisions to allocate risk.

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Outline

  1. Agreements in which indemnification and limitation of liability provisions are likely to appear
  2. Common structures for indemnification provisions
  3. Common structures for limitation of liability provisions
  4. Best practices for negotiating and structuring these provisions to allocate risk

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What IP-specific issues should be considered when structuring indemnification and limitation of liability provisions in IP agreements?
  • What are the most commonly disputed issues when negotiating indemnification and what are some effective strategies for resolving them?
  • What approaches should counsel use to protect a client’s interests when negotiating an indemnification provision?

Faculty

Sprang, Kenneth
Kenneth A. Sprang

Managing Member
Washington International Business Counsel

Mr. Sprang counsels and represents domestic and international clients in a wide range of corporate, business and...  |  Read More

Younkin, Jeremy A.
Jeremy Younkin

Partner
Foley Hoag

Mr. Younkin represents clients in patent litigation and other technology-related disputes. He has represented clients...  |  Read More

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