Software, whether operating systems, downloaded or shrink wrap applications, embedded applications, and the like benefits from a vide variety of the intellectual property protection regimes within the firms expertise. Specialized contracts must be employed in situations where Software is developed by other than employees, e.g., independent software developers/consultants. Licensing and other distribution arrangements are often a necessity to exploit the technologies embodied in the Software. The firm is well placed and possesses a great deal of experience and expertise in representing clients in such matters, including specifically the preparation and prosecution of patent applications for software and related e-commerce innovations.