Intellectual Property Law Attorney at Law: Helen Leah Conroy


Ms. Conroy negotiates and drafts:

  • Complex software licenses;
  • Outsourcing and similar business process service agreements;
  • Professional services and consulting agreements;
  • Distribution, VAR and other reseller agreements;
  • Internet marketing, online advertising, co-branding and ASP agreements;
  • Patent license, OEM, and other technology transfer agreements; and
  • Copyright license and related business agreements for designers, graphic artists, training and development specialists, coaches and others who create copyrighted works.

Recent clients include:

  • A market-leader search engine company, for which she drafted numerous form licenses, purchase orders, tech support guidelines for its search appliance, and forms of agreement for its search, sponsored link, advertising and other Internet-based services, and currently advises on numerous services and commercial contracts;
  • A well-known cosmetics firm based in San Francisco, for which Ms. Conroy negotiated a complex software system license and implementation package; and
  • Numerous software developers and consultants, particularly in the IT implementation, coaching, training and development and online learning fields.

Please click on Recent Projects for other examples of recent work.

Although her practice focuses primarily on licensing and similar transactions, Ms. Conroy also assists clients in resolving business and intellectual property disputes. She has recently negotiated settlements for clients threatened with or sued in litigation involving trade secrets, contracts involving intellectual property, copyright infringement and other matters.

Litigation experience includes: Verdict for of $4.2 million in a software sales contract case; trade secrets theft and Internet trademark infringement litigation; jury trials involving UCC and common-law contract, fraud and misrepresentation claims; complex class-action litigation alleging anti-trust violation and unfair trade practices; and software and telecommunications dealer-distributor disputes.

Prior to starting her own practice, Ms. Conroy was a partner in the Technology Law Group of Thelen Reid & Priest LLP, and was an associate with Howard, Rice, et al. in San Francisco, and with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City.

Ms. Conroy has recently published articles in California Business Law Practitioner and in the California Continuing Education of the Bar online publication, “Case ‘n’ Point,” and has been quoted in U.S. News & World Report, the San Francisco Chronicle and at, on topics relating to technology and copyright issues.

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