Services for Agricultural Technology Providers
"Precision agriculture" is a catch-all phrase that describes many technologies, but at its core precision ag means using new technology to increase production and efficiency on farms while reducing the environmental footprint. Precision agriculture brings many new legal challenges to agricultural technology providers. We have experience helping these cutting-edge technology companies draft clear, effective contracts. Think of us as the "link" between new precision ag technologies and the farmer. Here are few services we offer:
- Drafting online privacy policies
- Drafting terms and conditions for websites
- Drafting ag data usage agreements and policies
- Drafting end user license agreements (EULAs) and other software licenses
- Drafting ag data transfer licenses
- Drafting smart-phone app user agreements
- Drafting technology leases and related agreements
- Copyright registration
- Trademark searches and registration
- Negotiating technology usage and transfer agreements
- Assisting with UAV registration and regulation compliance
- Drafting non-disclosure agreements (NDA)
Regardless of the contract, we begin drafting each contract with this core principle in mind:
Contracts should be easy to understand by the people who sign them.
Latest blog posts on ag tech
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For the next ten years, consumers are going to drive more on-farm changes than regulators.