IBM Audits



If you have been audited by IBM, you need experienced counsel to protect your business. Scott & Scott, LLP has a dedicated practice group focusing on defending companies accused of software license violations by IBM. Our lawyers have counseled many businesses in your situation.

A typical target of an IBM audit will receive a letter from IBM demanding the business’ cooperation in disclosing the number IBM installations on its network and the number of IBM licenses it owns. An outside accounting firm is frequently engaged to perform a third-party compliance review. The license verification letter may go on to describe the audit process and request a phone conference to “kick-off” the audit.

Targets who receive letters in an IBM audit should treat the matter very seriously. It is important to know your legal rights and protect your legal position before responding to a request for an IBM audit. Additionally, companies who prepare their own responses to IBM without the benefit of counsel and before conducting a thorough investigation may receive an unexpectedly high settlement offer from IBM.

Our lawyers and technology professionals have the technical and legal skills necessary to vigorously fight for your interests against an IBM audit and can guide you through every step of the process.

+500 audit cases defended in 10 years
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