Licensing Interest Group



Welcome to the Licensing Interest Group—for IP Section lawyers who draft agreements from technology and content licenses to assignment, reseller and distribution agreements.

Officers: We need people to maintain membership communications, develop programming and help us on technical questions. Please contact James C. Roberts III, the Chair, at or John Pavolotsky, one of the co-Vice Chairs, at or Sharon Glancz, another co-Vice Chair, at If you want to be an officer (or do this anyway), we’ll give you the secret decoder ring and a suitable title.

Monthly Conference Calls: One the third Wednesday of every month at noon we have a Licensing IG conference call. Meanwhile, some licensing lawyers have created an unofficial website with additional licensing resources available at:

Programs: The Licensing IG is busy with its programs. If you are interested in organizing or speaking in one of the webinars, let us know. Below are some of the topics for webinars now in the works:

  • Licensing Issues in M&A Transactions
  • Litigating a Licensing Agreement: Strengths & Weaknesses of License Agreements from a Litigator’s Perspective
  • "How to" licensing drafting sessions
  • New Developments: Google Glass, 3-D printing & Wearable Digital Displays
  • Licensing in the Technology Supply Chain
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Special provisions doing business with BRICs

Previous Programs: Since the start of 2014, we have sponsored or co-sponsored the following:

  • Negotiating TV License Agreements Across Borders & Platforms. January 22, 2014 (Co-sponsored with International and Entertainment & Sports IGs)
  • Drafting Cloud, Software, and Other Tech Contracts: Getting IP and Commercial Terms Right. February 5, 2014 (Co-sponsored with the Copyright IG).
  • Ethics for Non-litigators Throughout the Client Lifecycle: Part 1—Finding Clients. March 5, 2014. (Co-sponsored with the Business Law Section.)
  • Ethics for Non-litigators Throughout the Client Lifecycle: Part 2—Representing Clients. April 2, 2014. (Co-sponsored with the Business Law Section.)
  • Rights in Photography from the Trenches: A Practical Discussion of US and EU Law Affecting Images. March 19, 2014. (Co-sponsored with the Copyright IG.)
  • License Agreement Landmines: Accidental Franchises in the Digital World. (Co-sponsored with the Business Law Section.)

All of these programs can be found in the archives of MCLE programs at the website of the State Bar.

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