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Lawyers in Technology Law work with clients in matters involving technology and intellectual property. Advice in this field can be provided with respect to a wide range of subject matters including software, online media, telecommunications, and the Internet. Assistance is also offered in solving disputes regarding ownership of technology or electronic media that is created by separate parties. Advice can be given with respect to the development and enforcement of license agreements, research collaborations, strategic alliances or partnerships, franchise relationships, or other agreements involving the development and commercialization of new technology assets. Lawyers may structure technology-related commercial contracts including agreements for the acquisition, development, supply or distribution of technology, the maintenance and support of software and/or hardware, and technology transfer agreements. Advice often extends to VC financing of related technology companies. For Internet-related activities, support in the preparation of E-commerce, website development and hosting agreements can be provided as well as advice in domain name registration and Internet dispute matters. Lawyers may also review employment and contract agreements to ensure that a technology or intellectual property related to the technology is properly protected.

Expertise also can be provided with respect to recent specific Canadian laws affecting technology and electronic commerce, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the Competition Act, and the Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities (otherwise known as the Anti-Spam and Anti-Spyware Act).

Practitioners ranked in this area have demonstrated expertise in, both intellectual property and business/commercial law, as well as knowledge of industry best practices. Knowledge of technology business concerns is also needed as technology lawyers frequently assist clients in providing strategies and recommendations for matters involving technology-related intellectual property, including computer systems, technology-based products, or businesses with an important technology component.

Key factors to consider in engaging a lawyer for a technology transaction or consultation include the ability of the lawyer to find practical solutions to satisfy both the legal and commercial needs of the client. The lawyer should be able to integrate the impact of different laws including contract, competition, sales, bankruptcy, and tax laws on the technology-related activities of the client. The lawyer also should be capable of drafting and negotiating of a wide variety of agreements related to computer-based assets and electronic commerce transactions.

François Painchaud
Robic LLP

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Lawyers in Technology Law work with clients in matters involving technology and intellectual property. Advice in this field can be provided with respect to a wide range of subject matters including software, online media, telecommunications, and the Internet. Assistance is also offered in solving disputes regarding ownership of technology or electronic media that is created by separate parties. Advice can be given with respect to the development and enforcement of license agreements, research collaborations, strategic alliances or partnerships, franchise relationships, or other agreements involving the development and commercialization of new technology assets. Lawyers may structure technology-related commercial contracts including agreements for the acquisition, development, supply or distribution of technology, the maintenance and support of software and/or hardware, and technology transfer agreements. Advice often extends to VC financing of related technology companies. For Internet-related activities, support in the preparation of E-commerce, website development and hosting agreements can be provided as well as advice in domain name registration and Internet dispute matters. Lawyers may also review employment and contract agreements to ensure that a technology or intellectual property related to the technology is properly protected.

Expertise also can be provided with respect to recent specific Canadian laws affecting technology and electronic commerce, including the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), the Competition Act, and the Act to promote the efficiency and adaptability of the Canadian economy by regulating certain activities that discourage reliance on electronic means of carrying out commercial activities (otherwise known as the Anti-Spam and Anti-Spyware Act).

Practitioners ranked in this area have demonstrated expertise in, both intellectual property and business/commercial law, as well as knowledge of industry best practices. Knowledge of technology business concerns is also needed as technology lawyers frequently assist clients in providing strategies and recommendations for matters involving technology-related intellectual property, including computer systems, technology-based products, or businesses with an important technology component.

Key factors to consider in engaging a lawyer for a technology transaction or consultation include the ability of the lawyer to find practical solutions to satisfy both the legal and commercial needs of the client. The lawyer should be able to integrate the impact of different laws including contract, competition, sales, bankruptcy, and tax laws on the technology-related activities of the client. The lawyer also should be capable of drafting and negotiating of a wide variety of agreements related to computer-based assets and electronic commerce transactions.