Tech & Sourcing @ Morgan Lewis

TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS, OUTSOURCING, AND COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS NEWS FOR LAWYERS AND SOURCING PROFESSIONALS
In Part 1 of our Cracking AI and Outsourcing Conundrums series, we discussed at a high level the challenges of requiring outsourcing providers to drive generative AI (GenAI) innovation while at the same time complying with companies’ AI policies. One of the challenges we identified was that many outsourcing agreements impose aggressive savings commitments, to be realized through the implementation of technology solutions that enable headcount or other cost reductions.
Innovation: all companies want their outsourcing providers to be at the forefront, whether accomplished by proposing ideas, implementing solutions as part of their business-as-usual services, or offering savings based on productivity commitments or other demonstrable business impact. Some outsourcing providers may even use innovation as a key differentiator during the sales cycle, putting real dollars at risk if innovation projects don’t realize promised savings. And what innovation is more top of mind presently than the use of artificial intelligence?
New ICT incident reporting requirements under Circular 24/847 (Circular) of the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF), Luxembourg’s financial regulator, will come into effect on April 1. This introduces a new ICT-related incident reporting framework and underscores the critical importance of proactive measures in safeguarding financial institutions against ICT and cyber threats.
An ever-increasing number of companies are choosing to use chatbots on their website, in their sales organizations, and to help with customer service. In fact, according to Vantage Market Research, the chatbot market will grow over 23% by 2030. A chatbot can provide a useful tool for consumers who are looking for quick and easy access to information as well as companies looking to provide a high level of attention and service, while allowing its employees to focus on other demands. However, companies should remain aware of and monitor the information the chatbot is sharing.
Contract Corner
There are many basic contracting principles that can help streamline and create a readable and clear contract, including the proper use of defined terms. Consistent with the phrase, a defined term is a word or term, often capitalized or otherwise distinguished from other text throughout the agreement, that is to be read to include the particular meaning given to it in the agreement.
Contract Corner
An indemnification provision serves as a contractual remedy to redress a party’s (or third party’s) financial loss suffered as a result of a claim, breach, or some other event or condition set forth in the provision. Indemnification serves as a risk allocation mechanism derived originally from insurance law. Each term—“indemnify,” “defend,” and “hold harmless”—has a distinct and important role in an indemnity clause, so it is important to understand the nuances and differences among the three terms.
Contract Corner
As we reach the end of 2023, we have once again compiled all of the links to our Contract Corner blog posts, a regular feature of Tech & Sourcing @ Morgan Lewis. In these posts, members of our global technology, outsourcing, and commercial transactions practice highlight particular contract provisions, review the issues, and propose negotiating and drafting tips.
Technology transactions, outsourcing, and commercial contracts (TOC) group member Don Shelkey, together with Morgan Lewis lawyers Stephanie Sweitzer, Levi McAllister, Jason Mills, and Samantha Ojo, will present a continuing legal education (CLE) webinar on planning for the 2026 Men’s World Cup on October 11, 2023 from 1:00–2:00 pm ET, as part of the Morgan Lewis World Cup Strategic Initiative.
Spotlight
As part of our Spotlight series, Dennis C. Gucciardo, who counsels medical device manufacturers throughout the product lifecycle in the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory context, shares insight into some important considerations when creating, reviewing, and implementing medical device product warranties.
Don Shelkey and Ben Klaber will present a continuing legal education (CLE) webinar on digital health transactions on September 14 at 1:00 pm ET.