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  • Kristie Prinz: Software/SaaS, Digital Health, Tech Transactions & IP Lawyer

    Kristie Prinz is a business lawyer and the founder of The Prinz Law Office in Silicon Valley, California.  Kristie represents tech industry businesses, particularly with respect to transactions involving software, SaaS, technology, IT, health technology, and intellectual property. What sets Kristie apart from other business lawyers is her understanding of technology and the business perspective she brings to complex technology business deals, which was developed over 20 years of practicing law in Silicon Valley working with technology companies. The focus of Kristie’s career has been to work with start-ups and mid-market companies as well as engineers, developers, IT service providers and other business people in the tech industry on making sure that the contracts they enter into make technical sense and protect their IP and technology.  Kristie began her Silicon Valley career in the licensing and biotech transactions group of the Palo Alto office of Pennie & Edmonds, LLP, an IP law firm of more than 200 lawyers.  The Prinz Law Office has offices in Palo Alto, San Diego, Irvine/Orange County, and Los Angeles.

    Kristie is originally from the State of Tennessee.

    Kristie launched The Prinz Law Office in 2004. Prior to opening her own firm, Kristie was a member of the licensing and biotech transactions group in the Palo Alto office of the   highly regarded, New York-based, intellectual property firm of Pennie & Edmonds LLP, which was more than 120 years old and had four offices nationwide and more than 200 attorneys when closed its doors in December 2003.

    Kristie is licensed to practice law in the states of California and Georgia.

    Kristie is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tennessee, where she received her J.D. in 1998, and she completed the Global Bioexecutive Program at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in 2005. She also a graduate of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she received a B.A summa cum laude in Political Science and Spanish in 1995, and she studied as an undergraduate student at the Universidad de Nebrissenssis in Madrid, Spain in 1993.

    Kristie is a member of the San Jose II chapter of the ProVisors professional organization, where she is a member of the Silicon Valley Mergers & Acquisitions Affinity Group, the Silicon Valley Attorney Affinity Group, and the East Bay Attorney Affinity Group, and currently serves on the Health Information & Technology Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association, and as Life Sciences Program Chair, Social Media Chair, and Business Management Committee member for VC TaskForce.  Kristie is also active in the Cyberspace Committee of the Business Section of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), and was recently selected to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor which is limited to one third of one percent of the lawyers in America.

    Kristie’s past leadership experience includes serving as an Executive Committee member of the High Tech Law Section of the Santa Clara Bar Association, as Advisory Board Member of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, Co-Chair of the VOIP Committee and Chair of the Programs Committee for the Science and Technology Law Section of the ABA, serving on the Nominating Committee for the Science and Technology Law Section of the ABA, chairing the Copyright Licensing Subcommittee for the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, and co-chairing the 2006 Selma Moidel Smith Writing Competition for the National Association of Women Lawyers. She also served on the U.S. Copyright Law Committee and the Corporate IP Management Committees of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, as Director of Life Sciences/ Biotechnology for the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (“NAWBO”), the Fundraising Committee for the Entrepreneur’s Network in Santa Clara, CA, and as a member of the Life Sciences and Entrepreneur Venture Catalyst Program planning committees for Astia in San Francisco, CA.

    Kristie was named in 2008 as a new fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

    Kristie is fluent in both English and Spanish

    • Author of “Managing the Risks of Blogging by Employees,” to be published by the American Bar Association, Science and Technology Section, Committee on Blogs and User-Generated Content on the Internet.
    • Co-author of “When a Business Begins a Blog: It’s Easy but Is It Safe?” published in the Business Law Today, Volume 16, Number 3, January-February 2007.
    • Author of “Unlocking the Secrets to Executive Coaching” published in the Women Lawyers Journal in Summer, 2005.
    • Co-author of the “Ruling Brings to Light DMCA’s Broad Scope” published in the New York Law Journal on June 9, 2003.
    • Authored numerous columns for the weekly “Ask a Lawyer” intellectual property column published by Lawyers.com.
    • Publishes The California Biotech Law Blog, The Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog, and The Silicon Valley Software Law Blog.

    Kristie’s upcoming speaking engagements include as follows:

    • Speaker, “Best Practices for Drafting Master Service Agreements & Managing the Service Relationship,” The Prinz Law Office, Webinar, March 8, 2019.
    • Speaker, “Best Practices for Drafting Saas Contracts & Managing Saas Customer Relationships,” The Prinz Law Office, Webinar, February 19, 2019.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, February 8, 2019.

    Kristie’s past speaking engagements include the following:

    • Speaker, “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, October 26, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, June 11, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Drafting Software Hosting Agreements for ASP and SaaS,” myLawCLE, Webcast, March 11, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer and Vendor Interests”  Clear Law Institute, Webinar, February 21, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Drafting Software Hosting Agreements: Service Availability, Performance, Data Security, Other Key Provisions” Strafford Publications, Webinar, January 23, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, January 17, 2018.
    • Speaker, “Best Practices for Drafting SaaS Contracts that Reduce the Customer Sales Cycle & Avoid Disputes”, The Prinz Law Office, Webinar, October 26, 2017.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, September 12, 2017.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Drafting Key Contract Provisions, Protecting Customer & Vendor Interests,” Stafford Publications, Webinar, August 14, 2017.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Service Level Agreement Key Terms, ” Strafford Publications, Webinar, December 21, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, December 19, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, Sept. 9, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, May 6, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, February 25, 2016.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts,” Clear Law Institute, Webinar, November 2, 2015.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating Software as a Service Contracts: Guidance for Corporate and technology Counsel for Structuring Effective SaaS Agreements, ” Strafford Publications, Webinar, September 8, 2015.
    • Speaker, “Negotiating License Agreements with Start-Ups,” Certified Patent Valuation Analyst Program, Webinar, July 31, 2014.
    • Speaker, “Blog Law Developments,” Sunnyvale-Cupertino Bar Association, Holder’s Country Inn Cupertino, October 10, 2011.
    • Speaker, “Licensing Tactics for University TTOs: How to Turn the Tables on Corporate Negotiators,” Webinar, May 31, 2011.
    • Speaker, “What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About the Legal Risks of Blogging,” NAWBO Silicon Valley 5 o’clock Seminar, November 17, 2009.
    • Speaker, “What Companies Need to Know About the Legal Risks of Blogging,” The Prinz Law Office, Webinar, September 9, 2009.
    • Speaker, “Secrets to Launching an Effective Blog to Promote Your Business,” Prinz Law Management Consulting, Webinar, August, 26, 2009.
    • Speaker,”Developments and Trends in Blog Law,” Teleconference, State Bar of California, Business Section, Ecommerce Subcommittee of the Cyberspace Committee, July 7, 2009.
    • Panelist, “Starting a Solo Practice,” J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Palo Alto, CA, April 23, 2009.
    • Panelist, “Rethinking the Boilerplate–How the Business Lawyer Should Address Data Issues in Standard Commercial Agreements,” Business Law Section Meeting, American Bar Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 17. 2009.
    • Panelist, “Social and Professional Online Networking: Just What is Twitter, Linked In, Facebook, et.al?” Business Law Section Meeting, American Bar Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 16, 2009.
    • Speaker, “Employee Blogs and Websites: Protect Yourself Against the Business and Legal Risks When Workers Go Online,” American Features Syndicate teleconference, August 1, 2008.
    • Speaker, “Employee Blogs and Websites: Protect Yourself Against the Business and Legal Risks When Workers Go Online,” American Features Syndicate teleconference, July 15, 2008.
    • Speaker, “Leveraging an Intellectual Property Portfolio in the Development of Partnering Relationships,” Ninth Annual Beyond Genome: Tools to Therapies Conference, The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco, CA , June 10, 2008.
    • Speaker, “IP Panel Presentation on Biotech/Pharma Processes,” Process Management–Route to Success, Peptalk, Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA , January 11, 2008.
    • Speaker, “Who is Watching Out for Your In-House Career: How A Professional Coach Can Help You Gain the Edge,” Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency Chicago, October 31, 2007.
    • Speaker, “Verizon v. Vonage and Sprint v. Vonage: A Tale of Two Patent Infringement Cases and Their Impact on the VoIP Industry,” State Bar of California Annual Meeting (Anaheim, CA), September 29, 2007.
    • Moderator, “Ethical Issues in Deployment of VOIP Systems: Client Record Gathering and Voice & Data Storage,” ABA Annual meeting (San Francisco, CA), August 11, 2007.
    • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Blog Law,” State Bar of California, Business Section Cyberspace Committee, Silicon Valley Capital Club (San Jose, CA), June 14, 2007.
    • Panelist, “Understanding the Acquisitions Process: How to Use the Sale and Purchase of Assets to Grow Your Business,” Silicon Valley Capital Club Speaker Business Forum Luncheon (San Jose, CA), May 24, 2007.
    • Speaker, “Hottest Topics in Cyberspace: Cyberinsurance, Blogs, and On-Line Advertising”, Section Education Institute, State Bar of California, Claremont Resort and Spa (Berkeley, CA), January 20, 2007.
    • Panelist, “Understanding the Acquisitions Process: How to use the Sale and Purchase of Assets to Grow Your Business,” Sunnyvale Rotary Club, November 7, 2006.
    • Panelist, “Patent Protection/IP Strategy,” 2006 WTC Catalyst Program Life Sciences (Palo Alto), September 15, 2006.
    • Panelist “Understanding the Acquisitions Process: How to Use the Sale and Purchase of Assets to Grow Your Business” National Association of Women Business Owners, Silicon Valley Chapter (San Jose), July 18, 2006.
    • Panelist, “Who is Watching Out for Your In-House Career: How a Professional Coach Can Help You Gain the Edge,” Association of Corporate Counsel–America San Francisco Bay Chapter, May 25, 2006.
    • Program Chair, “Changing Face of Telecommunication (VOIP, WiFi),” International Technology Law Association, 35th Anniversary Annual Meeting and World Conference (San Francisco), May 5, 2006.
    • Panelist, “The Art of Telling Your Story Workshop,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce/ National Institute of Standards and Technology, Advanced Technology Program (San Jose), September 7, 2005.
    • Panelist, “IP Reps and Warranties Gone Wrong: Avoid Potholes in the Business Transaction,” ABA Business Section Meeting (Nashville), April 2, 2005.
    • Panelist, “Strategies for Modifying Electronic Standard-Form Agreements and Policies,” ABA Business Section Meeting (Nashville), April 1, 2005.
    • Speaker, “Protecting & Exploiting Software Conference,” Law Seminars International (San Francisco), August 5 – 6, 2004.
    • Panelist, “What You Need to Know about CAN-SPAM,” Santa Clara Bar Association and the California State Bar Cyberspace Committee (Palo Alto), June 8, 2004.

    Kristie’s other professional activities include providing consulting services to attorneys starting individual law practices.

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