Tech & Sourcing @ Morgan Lewis

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from 12:00–1:00 pm ET, as partners Kristin Hadgis and Don Shelkey and of counsel Eric Pennesi discuss the latest trends in commercial contracts negotiations, including negotiating artificial intelligence (AI) provisions and recent trends in privacy and security.
The European Central Bank (ECB) has published data showing that banks are increasingly using third-party providers to support their critical functions. However, more than 10% of outsourcing contracts covering critical functions are not compliant with the relevant regulations. During a key year for EU financial institutions and their critical service providers—with implementation projects for the Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA) well underway—the ECB signals that outsourcing and resiliency, particularly risks associated with cloud outsourcing and concentration risks, will be a top priority on its supervisory agenda.
When the topic of technology commercialization strategies comes up, the most common options typically mentioned include the sale of a technology or building a business around technology by selling products or providing licenses or subscriptions to technology-based solutions.
The decision to terminate an agreement cannot be taken lightly. In exercising the option, understanding the key terms of the agreement and necessary steps to effectuate the termination are critical. As we have previously highlighted in past Contract Corners, termination provisions may include a variety of mechanisms built into them and one cannot assume that all termination provisions require the same steps to be taken. When considering a termination, a party must take the time to assess the actual termination rights under the agreement, what, if any, notice period will apply, and whether the termination will result in any payment or other obligations.
In 2023, many companies are looking to get ahead of the issues that are expected to shape the next few years. In our industry outlook, “The Trends—and Traps—That Will Shape 2023,” our lawyers provide a high-level overview of what’s in store for various global industry sectors, highlighting some of the top tech trends and global regulatory developments.
Please join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 12:00 pm–1:00 pm ET, as Morgan Lewis partner Peter Watt-Morse and associates Katherine O’Keefe and James Mulligan discuss issues unique to Anything as a Service (XaaS) agreements and important factors for service providers and their customers to consider.
In outsourcing, technology, and commercial transactions, cost of living adjustment (COLA) mechanisms linked to price indices are coming under increasing scrutiny with current global inflationary pressures.
The “shift to the cloud” continues, with analysts making bold predictions regarding the increase of cloud adoption by companies across almost every industry. Cloud solutions offer many cost, innovation, and scalability opportunities. What is often forgotten or considered late in the process, however, is the change in the risk, compliance, and contracting paradigm that arises with the reliance on a third-party cloud provider. If given the time and attention, these changes can be managed and the risks controlled with appropriate diligence and contracting structures.
Rights holders are almost always looking for ways to monetize the intellectual property (IP) that they own or license. For owners of rights in popular logos; characters from TV shows, movies, or video games; or similar IP, one way to generate a revenue stream is to enter into merchandise license agreements.
As we’re almost a month into the New Year, we thought this would be the perfect time to share nine areas of your service agreement templates that you should consider reviewing and updating to ensure you start 2021 on the right foot. Some of these suggestions may seem like no-brainers, but they’re on the list for a reason, trust us.