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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review Process October 30, 2013. WELCOME TO CONTRACTS. Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review Process October 30, 2013. Four Parts to Today’s Seminar Current Contract Review Process

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step by step for beginners how to walk through the contract review process october 30 2013
Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013

WELCOMETO CONTRACTS

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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Four Parts to Today’s Seminar
    • Current Contract Review Process
    • Steps You Should Take to Speed Up Process
    • Understand the Pitfalls
    • Understand the Pressure Points
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Current Contract Review Process
      • Cover Sheet, Draft Copy, COI*
      • Send hard copy to Office of General Counsel (“OGC”)
      • Sharepoint notices to you
      • Add as many people to the Sharepoint notifications list as you want.

* If necessary please email insurance@neu.eduand provide: your name, contact number, purpose of the request and/or a brief description of the issue and applicable dates and amounts involved. Risk management and insurance requests submitted through the email address will be responded to within 24 – 48 hours of receipt.

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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Current Contract Review Process (cont’d)
    • Standard time to review 2 weeks
    • Majority of contracts were turned around in less than 4 days
    • Negotiation, drafting, push out timeframe
    • 4 Guaranteed Notices from Sharepoint
      • (i) We got it
      • (ii) We sent it for signature
      • (iii) We sent it back to the department
      • (iv) It's signed and ready to be picked up
      • (v) We need more information
      • (vi) It's under negotiations
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Current Contract Review Process (cont’d)
    • Most Approvals Sent to Treasurer or Provost’s Office
    • Sharepoint Message: “Contract ready for Pickup”
      • No Changes after NU signs
      • Pickup at 95% of time at 490 Renaissance Park
    • Other party’s signature
    • Department keeps a copy; OGC does not.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take
    • Know the Other Party/Due Diligence
    • Use Templates whenever possible
      • They’re Available From OGC Webpage*
      • Dept/College-specific templates not on OGC webpage
    • Send the coversheet, completed and signed
      • Do not skip questions
    • Include Copy of any previous agreement with the other party
    • Include necessary Certificate of Insurance (COI)
    • Consider Master or Blanket Forms of Agreement
      • For repeat vendors, transactions
    • Know the Pitfalls and Pressure Points

* http://www.northeastern.edu/general-counsel/transactional/index.html

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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take (cont’d)
    • Complete the Template Accurately
      • NU is always the contracting party
      • Type the legal name of the other party
      • State the services/work to be performed
      • State the maximum amount to be paid for the work
        • Is it an hourly, weekly or flat rate?
      • State on the cover sheet changes to template
      • Do not sign the contract
      • Complete or delete bracketed language
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take (cont’d)
  • Note: International Academic Contracts
    • Focused on “education, research or service”
    • Send to Vice Provost for Global Relations
    • If they are sent directly to OGC, we will send them back.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take (cont’d)
    • Which Template Should I Use? (Call us if unsure)
      • Professional Services Agreement (Long/Short Forms)
        • Use when buying expertise/knowledge
        • Use when buying what’s in someone’s head
        • Usually project related – software developers, consultants, etc.
      • Service Provider Agreement
        • Use when buying what’s in someone’s feet or back
        • Usually a one-time event
        • Caterers, lighting, staging, security, etc.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take (cont’d)
    • Which Template Should I Use?
      • Non-Disclosure Agreement
        • Confidentiality Agreement
        • Typically Used When in Confidential Talks
        • Forerunner to other Agreements
      • Performer Agreement
        • Use When Buying an Performance of Some Kind
        • Singers, dancers, speakers, readers, musicians, etc.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take (cont’d)
    • Which Template Should I Use?
      • Talent Agency Agreement
        • Used for Use of Student Likeness in University Publications
      • Videographer/Photographer Agreement
        • Used When Hiring for Such Services
        • For assistance with issues related to photo, video, or other creative or multimedia projects, please consult the Photo/Video toolkit(http://www.northeastern.edu/general-counsel/transactional/toolkit.html)
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take (cont’d)
    • Which Template Should I Use?
      • Student Confidentiality Agreement
        • Used for Student Workers Who Have Access to NU Information
      • License Agreement Addendum (Not on OGC Website)
        • Used with Agreements to License Software
      • PSA Agreement Addendum (Not on OGC Website)
        • Used with non-template Agreements for Professional Service
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Steps You Should Take
    • Not a Template Form + Significant Transaction =
      • Call OGC before 1st Meeting w/ other party
      • Deal Meeting, Deal Lawyers Present
      • We’re FREE!!
    • Know the Pitfalls.
    • Know the Pressure Points.
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  • Pitfalls To Avoid
    • Not Using OGC Templates, when applicable
    • Using the Wrong Template
    • Not Completing the Template Completely & Correctly
    • Inviting OGC Late to the Dance
    • Not Including Previous Agreement
    • COI Weaknesses
      • No COI submitted, Non-compliant, Out-of-Date, NU Not included as “Additional Insured”
    • No SSNs on Contracts
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • NU Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Signed contract is required to be in place before work begins
    • Negotiation typically required
    • Understanding what causes “heartburn”
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • NU Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Warranties
    • Confidentiality
    • Work Product/Work for Hire/Intellectual Property
    • Dispute Resolution and Governing Law
    • Termination
    • Use of NU’s Name
    • Amendments
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • NU Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Warranties
      • The Concept: “This stuff is their stuff to sell or license to us.”
      • We buy, license, etc., only from the owner or authorized dealer.
      • We don’t like disclaimers of warranties.
      • Common warranties we need from the other party (not an exhaustive list):
        • Work will be done according to specifications
        • It has the IP rights necessary to license them
        • It has the requisite skills and experience
        • It will provide a “Supervised, Clinical Education Experience”
        • It will comply with all laws applicable to the transactions
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Indemnity
      • The Concept: “If NU gets sued by a Third Party because of the other party’s acts/omissions, other party must pay NU.”
      • Typical indemnities we seek (all):
        • For breach of the agreement by other party
        • For negligence/bad behavior of other party
        • For breach of confidentiality by other party.
      • University typically does NOT agree to indemnify anyone.
      • NU Board authorization required for indemnity.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Confidentiality
      • The Concept: “Safeguard and defend confidential information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.”
      • Substantial Financial Risk & Reputation Risk among others
      • MA Privacy Law, FERPA, HIPAA, Other States’ laws
      • EU Privacy Directives
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Work Product/Work for Hire/Intellectual Property
      • The Concept: “If the other party is doing work for NU and NU has paid for the work, the work entirely belongs to NU.”
      • Typically arises in Professional Services Agreements and License Agreements
      • That’s NU Policy and standard practice at other places too
      • Some variations are agreed upon from time to time
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Limits of Liability
      • The Concept: “We want the other party to stand behind its product/work.”
      • We don’t like unreasonable limits of liability.
        • If NU doesn’t cause the harm, it should NOT have to pay for it.
        • Others always try to exclude “consequential damages.”
        • Not necessarily a direct correlation between the dollar value of the contract and amount of potential liability.
      • NU resources are for its Education and Research missions. NU doesn’t bear the other party’s financial risk.
      • A SOL acts the same way and we don’t like those either.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Governing Law
      • 99% of time: Massachusetts
      • Other times: “silent,” “court of competent jurisdiction,” “home court advantage”
      • International contracts: this is always an issue.
    • Jurisdiction/Venue
      • We don’t usually agree to appear any where but MA.
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Termination
      • Every contract needs an exit strategy.
      • Terminate “for convenience” (“with or without cause”)
      • Usually terminate upon ___ days’ prior written notice
    • Amendments to Agreements
      • Must be in writing
      • Must be signed by both parties
      • Not oral
      • Not automatic
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • Use of NU Name and IP
      • Highly controlled
      • Use rarely permitted
      • Always required: prior, written approval in each case
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013
  • Pressure Points (Non-templates)
    • How are Pressure Points Managed?
      • Communication is key! Involves all affected parties and their attorneys
      • Always depends on the circumstances. For example,
        • Number of changes necessary
        • Types of changes necessary
      • Resolution typically involves negotiation with other party
      • You work with OGC to resolve issues with other parties
      • Your level of involvement varies depending on circumstances
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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013

Questions?

Our number is 617-373-2157

Thank you for your attendance and participation!

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Step by Step for Beginners: How to Walk Through the Contract Review ProcessOctober 30, 2013

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