Find Lawyers in Ottawa, Ontario for Information Technology Law
Stephen Cross is a partner in Gowlings' Ottawa office, practising in the areas of business and intellectual property law. He is a member of the firm's Technology Law Group and has particular expertise in the areas of technology contracting. Stephen specializes in the preparation and negotiation of technology, intellectual property and other commercial agreements including licences, service agreements, cloud computing agreements, software as a service agreements, development agreements, implem...
Keith Desjardins is a partner in the firm's Ottawa office, practising in the areas of business law and intellectual property law, specializing in technology transfer and corporate / commercial law. Keith has acquired extensive experience in providing strategic business and technical advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, and has advised a wide range of clientele, in particular, technology companies, telecommunications carriers, and equipment providers.
Pierre-Paul Henrie practises corporate and commercial law, with particular emphasis on matters relating to project financings, private placements, secured lending transactions, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, technology contracting, licensing and technology-related transactions. Mr. Henrie also acts for several companies advising their boards of directors on issues such as directors and officers’ liability, board governance, and compliance with and interpretation of app...
Derek Keay is a partner in the firm’s Ottawa office. Derek practises corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions, primarily involving emerging technology companies. His primary focus is on providing advice to Canadian and international companies, together with angel, venture capital and institutional investors in relation to debt and equity financing transactions. He also has extensive experience in advising companies, shareholders and acquirers in c...
Information Technology Law Definition
Security is a worry for individuals and businesses alike and no longer is information security an afterthought in the era of cyber-threats, big-data breaches and information terrorism. Information security management has emerged as a critical component of modern business and IT lawyers advise on regulatory obligations and corporate responsibilities; the proper use of security standards; security audits; IT management and governance.
Privacy is a critical part of the information age, as well. IT lawyers provide advice on privacy rights and obligations under the myriad provincial, federal, and international privacy and personal information protection laws, develop privacy policies, act in privacy-related disputes, and address privacy issues as they intersect with other areas of law.
Advising on compliance with the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), is also part of an IT lawyer’s practice, as well as negotiating agreements for cloud computing. Cloud computing can transform organizations by providing new IT functionalities which reduce costs and proliferate access to information, but security, compliance with a customer’s legal obligations, and planning an agreement that clearly reflects the parties’ requirements, as well as the type and sensitivity of data migrated to the cloud database, can be challenging.
In addition, IT lawyers handle commercial transactions for mobile and electronic payment platforms, advise on software and product development agreements, advise on online sales and e-commerce issues, and negotiate agreements for software and technology licensing, distribution, and system acquisitions.
Most IT lawyers act for both customers or suppliers and so they need to have a broad knowledge of all aspects of the technology industry. They must be able to combine their drafting and negotiating skills with a strong business acumen in order to successfully guide their clients through the minefield that can be a technology deal.
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