Technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) regulations have become more complicated over the last several years. The TMT industry is a high-stakes field with a wide array of major players, including cable and satellite networks, social networks, film and television studios, and many others.
Most of these companies are built on cutting-edge technology. They require experienced legal teams to handle consequential disputes and complex deals. TMT in-house counsels tend to be extremely specialized in their industry, and demand specific, configurable tools to address their unique issues. Some of their key responsibilities may include:
Securing, defending, and monetizing a company’s intellectual assets. This is one of the most important functions of a legal department in the TMT industry. It demands keeping track of licensing contracts and ensuring that they are consistent by maintaining a customized library of approved clauses. Contracts should be searchable so terms not being met or that could be more favorable can be addressed.
Getting in front of the rising tide of privacy and cybersecurity issues. Beyond a secure data cloud to make sure your data is protected, data needs to be accessible and fully visible to everyone in your company. A high-profile data breach a few months ago revealed that the victimized company was keeping its contract data in spreadsheets; there was virtually no way to track down who had access to it. Today’s enterprises need to strike the balance between security and visibility within the company.
Developing and implementing a bulletproof global antitrust compliance strategy. As industries globalize, laws and regulations increase in complexity. In order for enterprises to follow the letter of the law, they need full visibility and control. Every new venture, office location, and license should be subject to automated controls based on the correct laws, and any issues should become apparent before the deal is completed.
Sorting through complex licensing and cross-licensing issues. At the heart of joint ventures and other deals, licensing information for software or other intellectual property can feel like a maze. Automated tools can help you navigate a database full of clauses and contract versions and search for non-standard language. Keeping licensing agreements consistent will simplify the process of creating and managing them.
A secure, configurable contract management system allows corporate counsel to maintain complete control over all of the contracts. An Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management (ECML) strategy makes contracts and contractual data visible and actionable, enabling teams to manage regulatory and compliance information, antitrust/competition laws, and intellectual property issues to proactively seek out and mitigate risks and revenue leaks.
Given their area of specialization, legal teams in the TMT industry appreciate tools tailored to their needs. Tools that help them ensure effective corporate governance and avoid litigation in their highly complex field. Contact us to see how we can design a system customized to your enterprise’s particular needs.
Whether your company is looking to proactively mitigate risk, control cost, or improve revenue, Enterprise CLM (ECLM) strategy can help you achieve those objectives. Read this paper for more information about ECLM.
You can also learn more about Enterprise Contract Lifecycle Management (ECLM) as instruments of opportunity from Selectica CEO Patrick Stakenas and Gartner Research Analyst Nigel Montgomery by viewing their discussion here.