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Bracewell is well-equipped to assist with the special issues facing software companies as they operate and grow their businesses. We provide counsel at every phase of a software company's life cycle, from start-up and early financing activities through bringing a product to market and beyond.

With deep experience in the industry, we understand the specific needs of software ventures. Our attorneys regularly assist start-up companies in choosing the appropriate legal entity and providing advice regarding various funding strategies, including venture capital. Additionally, we rely on our employee benefits and executive compensation attorneys to structure stock option plans and other mechanisms for attracting and retaining the talent that is critical to a company's success.

As a company begins developing its products, our technology attorneys assist on development deals, inbound licensing transactions, and contracting with strategic partners to help get products to market. We are also familiar with the increasingly prevalent issues associated with open source software. We help clients determine methods for safely and effectively integrating open source technologies into their product line and ensure our clients are in compliance with the requirements of various open source licensing arrangements. Bracewell attorneys provide help with customer-facing licenses (including shrink wrap, click-through agreements or other mass-market licenses), channel and distribution agreements (such as OEM and VAR arrangement), and other licensing structures designed to get the product to the end-user. We also have experience working with emerging Software as a Service (SaaS) models and understand the legal issues tied to them.

Our attorneys also work with software companies to help structure intellectual property portfolios that best protect critical assets, offering advice regarding software patents, copyrights and trade secrets. Should a company have to defend or enforce its intellectual property, our intellectual property litigation group is able to leverage their experience representing major software companies.

Finally, when a software company finds itself facing a possible merger, acquisition or Initial Public Offering, the Bracewell team is able to draw upon its far-reaching experience with to efficiently maximize the benefits of such transactions.