Intellectual Property, Software, and Information Licensing: Law and Practice, with 2015 Cumulative Supplement

The three authors of this treatise examine the entire fabric of business and business innovation through the lens of licensing.


Successfully identify, acquire, and transfer rights to protected IP through licensing.

As licensing law is created and revised to keep pace with developer and user needs, Intellectual Property, Software, and Information Licensing: Law and Practice provides the information and tools practitioners need to develop comprehensive licensing agreements, rectify existing problems, maximize returns within the legal boundaries, anticipate new concerns, and avoid potential pitfalls. Unlike other licensing treatises, which focus on either license drafting or on the theory of license agreements, this treatise draws from the authors’ wealth of professional expertise to develop a balanced treatment that is both practical and theoretical in its approach.

The treatise offers in-depth coverage of such specialized topics as upstream licensing and Open Source Licenses, bankruptcy issues in licensing, tax concerns in licensing, misuse and antitrust questions in licensing, federal government procurements and licensing, and privacy and information licensing.

Supplement Information

New in the 2015 Cumulative Supplement:

  • Analysis of cases including Cambridge University Press v. Patton, examining the issue of fair use of textbooks made available in electronic format; Ellington v. EMI Music, Inc., addressing ambiguous intent; Virntex, Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., discussing royalties in patent infringement litigation; and Sanofi-Aventis v. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, analyzing questions of implied licenses
  • Expanded discussions of licensing versus sub-licensing and the transfer thereof (e.g., MDS (Canada) v. Rad Source Techs.), as well as intellectual property used as collateral (ProviderX of Grapevine LLC v. Provider Meds LC)
  • New section discussing the priority of security interest in intellectual property and addressing disputes between (i) a secured creditor and judgment lienor and (ii) a secured creditor and bankruptcy trustee (in Priestley v. Panmedix, Inc., a security agreement between a debtor and a group of creditors was found to be a fraudulent transfer)


Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.
Xuan-Thao N. Nguyen, B.A., J.D., is the Gerald L. Bepko Chair and Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN.

Robert W. Gomulkiewicz, B.A., M.A., J.D., is the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law and serves as Faculty Director of the Law, Technology & Arts Group at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, WA.

Danielle M. Conway, B.S., J.D., LLM., is the Inaugural Michael J. Marks Distinguished Professor of Business Law and director of the Procurement Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law. Professor Conway also is Of Counsel at Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing.


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