Software as a Service (SaaS) Attorneys

Put our experienced SaaS attorneys to work for your software as a service business.

Attorneys Who Understand Software as a Service.

Companies that host their software solution and offer customers access to a hosted subscription-based software solution are typically not licensing their software; they offer a service and access to use their software platform. A SaaS software agreement is a services contract, not a license agreement. A SaaS agreement is fundamentally different than a software license agreement. SaaS Agreements and Software License Agreements differ fundamentally in their nature and responsibilities. SaaS Agreements focus on providing software as a service over the Internet and usually operate on a subscription model, requiring ongoing payments for continued access. In this setup, the provider takes on the responsibilities of data storage, security, updates, and maintenance.   Customization options are generally limited in SaaS solutions.

Software License Agreements grant users the rights to install and use software on their systems, often for a one-time purchase fee. In this case, users are responsible for the software’s installation, maintenance, and data storage, and they usually have greater freedom to customize and integrate the software into their existing systems.  The key differences lie in the contract, payment structure, allocation of responsibilities, and customization options. While SaaS is essentially a service contract with recurring payments and provider-handled maintenance, software licenses are more like property contracts that often involve a one-time fee and place more responsibility on the user.

Questions Our SaaS Lawyers Can Answer for You.

Our lawyers publish articles addressing the most common questions about software as service contracts and other issues facing SaaS businesses. Here are some common issues, with many others on our blog in the SaaS category.

  1. What is a Software as a Service Agreement (aka SaaS Contract)?
  2. What is the Difference Between a SaaS Contract and a Software License Agreement?
  3. Are there Different approaches to drafting a SaaS Agreement and a PAAS Agreement?
  4. How to Hire the Best SaaS Lawyer For Your Software-Based Service.
  5. Top Five Mistakes That Get SaaS Companies In Trouble.
  6. How Can Your Saas Attorneys Help My SaaS Business?

Our SaaS Attorneys Offer a Variety of Legal Services.

  • Software as a Service Agreements (SaaS Contract Drafting):  We draft SaaS agreements across various service offerings for our clients.
  • SaaS Business Model Development:  We help companies develop service models and hosted solutions.
  • SaaS Subscription Enforcement:  When customers exceed the scope of use or share logins to avoid subscription fees, we can help.
  • Reseller and White Label SaaS Solutions: Many SaaS developers offer reseller and white label solutions. These relationships require special contracts, including SaaS Reseller Agreements and software licensing for hosted solutions by third parties.
  • SaaS Developer Agreements:  Anyone contributing code to your platform must have a work-for-hire agreement, an invention and IP assignment agreement, and other terms.
  • SaaS Agreement Litigation: Sometimes, you must litigate issues surrounding SaaS development, reseller, and subscriber issues. Our litigation attorneys understand the nuances of SaaS businesses and handle complex litigation nationwide and globally for clients like you.
  • Privacy Agreements for SaaS Companies.

What is a Platform as A Service (PaaS)?

Platform as a Service (PaaS) is a cloud computing service that provides a platform allowing customers to develop, run, and manage applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. It’s like renting a fully-equipped workshop for building software instead of buying and managing all the tools and materials yourself.

SaaS (Software as a Service) is like renting a fully furnished apartment. You get everything you need (furniture, utilities, etc.) and live there. You don’t worry about maintenance or any underlying issues. In the tech world, you’re using a complete application hosted on the cloud. Examples include Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, and Dropbox.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Our SaaS lawyers can assist your software business across a range of issues. We curate an engagement to fit your needs and budget. We then work at your direction in place of or to supplement your legal department. This may range from a part-time or project-based external attorney to a secondment role whereby we place an attorney at your company’s offices. Whatever legal support you need, we can provide it all while you only pay for the resources and services you need when you need them.

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