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The IEEE Central Texas Consultants Network is an affinity group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) Region 5 Central Texas Section.


The Consultants Network promotes the development of members' careers through professional and social networking, including publicizing members' skills and sharing potential professional opportunities, and supports the IEEE Central Texas Section.

Meetings - General Information

The Consultants Network meets monthly. Except when meeting jointly with other groups, the Consultants Network meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Meetings usually begin with informal networking from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by presentations from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. by experts in technology, marketing, sales, advertising, financial or legal needs of small businesses and special needs of consultants.

From Craftful to Catastrophe -- Contracts  Issues for Consultants

August 2019


From Craftful to Catastrophe -- Contracts  Issues for Consultants


Join us for a program addressing a range of contract issues for consultants that should see more light of day, particularly for technical consultants. Topics will include a range of alternative structures to consider for your engagements, opportunities that you might not know were there, terms that can appear straightforward and binding yet be ineffective, and a number of bear traps to watch out for and avoid.

This should be an interactive discussion following the interests of our audience. And our goal is to provide all some measure of a better foundation as informed consumers of contracts as tools in their practice.

   Mark Andrew Smith
Speaker's Bio:

Mark’s legal practice concentrates on Intellectual Property and builds on his prior experience, both as a Partner in an IP boutique and in-house as Attorney and Senior IP Counsel in leading R&D, software and energy companies.

He has served as an adjunct law professor and serves entrepreneurs and graduate students in commercializing new technologies mentoring teams and judging business plans in related professional, academic and accelerator programs. Active in the Licensing Executive Society, Mark has served in leadership positions in the local chapter and nationally with the LES Foundation.

Mark has engineering and law degrees from SMU, an LL.M from UH and an MSTC (technology commercialization) from the UT/McCombs; is admitted to the Texas Bar and the USPTO; and is credentialed as CLP Emeritus (Certified Licensing Professional, CLP Inc.) and a RTTP (Association of Technology Transfer Professionals).

Date & Time: Wednesday, August 28, 2019, Networking at 6:00 p.m., business and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: PoK-e-Jo's, 2121 W. Parmer Lane at Lamplight Village, Austin, TX 78727
Map: map
Cost: $5.00 minimum charge for the restaurant. BBQ dinner is optional on your own.
Reservations: Please register here to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the venue.
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If you are interested in professional career development and cross-training in varied technical fields, please consider joining the Central Texas Consultants Network. And bring a colleague!

Presentation materials, if available, may be obtained after the meeting through the Past Meetings page.

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