The globalisation of markets and the commercialisation of innovative technologies represent unprecedented challenges for both emerging and established information technology (IT) companies, including from a legal standpoint. Wood & Lee lawyers advise clients in a broad range of technology-related transactions, from technology license agreements to outsourcing and computer service contracts, financing agreements and various forms of intellectual property protection.
Our clients include:
- systems integrators and consultancies
- start-ups and leading e-commerce companies
- software companies
- application and Internet service providers and cloud computing
- hardware designers, manufacturers and suppliers
- outsourcers and database service providers
- a wide array of technology buyers in all areas of the economy including financial services and banking, healthcare, education and energy
Wood & Lee lawyers provide advice in connection with:
- Systems integration – assisting both vendors and buyers to negotiate and implement large systems upgrades and integration projects.
- Outsourcing – negotiating all aspects of complex outsourcing transactions, including in relation to service level agreements, intellectual property, data and privacy, change management, tax, currency and other financial aspects of long-term and multi-jurisdiction relationships.
- Intellectual property – providing expert advice on the licensing, transfer, non-disclosure and protection of intellectual property, including copyright, patents, trade-marks, domain names and trade secrets.
- Privacy, information and GDPR management and compliance – advising on the development and implementation of security policies and document and data management programs, including all aspects of digital security, encryption infrastructures and electronic network security; conducting of privacy audits; analysis of business strategy, regulatory compliance and risk management issues; implementation of online privacy policies; examination of privacy regimes in other countries; constant monitoring of developments worldwide regarding privacy law and information management.
- Procurement – assisting vendors to manage and successfully complete complex procurement initiatives from inception; assisting vendors to respond to requests for proposal (RFPs) and requests for quotation (RFQs) and negotiate resulting agreements in all types of contexts and processes.
- Litigation – injunctions, class actions, domain name disputes, all forms of intellectual property, competition/antitrust, computer hardware and software litigation.
- Health law – electronic medical record (EMR) keeping; privacy violation investigations; drafting, developing and updating privacy and security procedures; expert diagnostic systems; telemedicine; master patient index (MPI); clinical data repositories; electronic signatures.
- Corporate and commercial issues – financing, mergers and acquisitions of IT companies, strategic alliances, electronic banking, tax matters, e-commerce and Internet transactions, co-branding and joint ventures.
Our know-how also extends to issues that arise due to technological breakthroughs, including:
- venture capital financings and public offerings
- mergers and acquisitions
- licensing and strategic ventures
- patents, trademarks and copyrights
- e-commerce transactions
- employment and executive compensation
- intellectual property litigation
- tax planning and tax controversies
- international transactions
- software piracy
- privacy protection
- computer security
- online music piracy
- domain name rights
- consumer protection
Wood & Lee is a pioneer in representing technology companies in the telecommunications, computer, multimedia and Internet industries. We help emerging and leading technology companies secure funding, establish strategic alliances, commercialise their products and services through technology licensing, and protect their intellectual property rights.
Internet businesses face a broad and dynamic array of legal and commercial issues. Change is constant, as use of Internet applications and services becomes more mobile and more social and as enterprises develop new business models. Wood & Lee lawyers have extensive experience advising clients on Internet-related matters and their experience has developed with the evolution of Internet and app-based commerce. Our lawyers regularly advise on Internet-related intellectual property, commercial law, data privacy and security, and online contracting issues, and have handled complex, long-term partnerships. Our Internet practice has global reach.
Wood & Lee’s innovation lawyers advise at the cutting edge of technology and ideas. Our lawyers advise on information technology aspects of the following emerging technologies:
AI algorithms, AI chipsets, FOBO and TPMS, First Amendment and Due Process for the electronic era, Internet of Things, Li-Fi, Maglev trains, Retail APIs, Robotics, adaptive learning, agricultural technologies, ambient interfaces, amorphous metals, androids and personal robots, artificial Intelligence, artificial gravity, assisted driving, asteroid mining, audio search engines, augmented reality, autonomous ships, autonomous underwater vehicles, autonomous vehicle testing, big data, blockchain, carbon nanotube field-effect transistors, charging stations, cloaking devices, cognitive computing, collaborative robotics, commercial space technology, computational photography, computer-generated imagery, concentrated solar power, conductive polymers, construction 3D printing, crowdlearning, cryogenic treatment, cryptocurrencies, cultivated food and beverage, decentralised internet technologies, deep learning, deep linking, digital assistants, digital film and music technology, digital scent technology, distributed ledger technology, drone delivery, drone swarms, electric double-layer capacitors, electric vehicles, electroencephalography, emerging magnetic data storage technologies, encryption management, energy harvesting, esports, ethical manufacturing, fintech, flexible displays, flexible wings, flying cars, flying discs, flying taxis, fourth-generation optical discs, fullerene, graphene, green tech, greenscreen technology, grid energy storage, hidden bias in recognition, high-temperature superconductivity and superfluidity, holography, homegrown AI, hydraulic technology, hypereutectic alloys, internet security, lab-on-a-chip, laser and photon propulsion, lasers, machine reading comprehension, machine translation, machine vision, macro grids, magnetic levitation, mesh networks, metamaterials, micro grids, microdrones, microfarms, miniaturised satellites, molecular electronics, molecular robotics, nanoradio, nanorobotics, nanotechnology, nanowire batteries, narrowcasting, natural language understanding, neural networks, nootropics, open banking, open source, open source software, optical computing, parallel importations, peer-to-peer lending, personal rapid transit, personalised medicine, physical internet, powered exoskeletons, privacy and data, programmable matter, proprietary AI, prosthesis, quadcopters, quantum computing, quantum cryptography, quantum dots, radio-frequency identification, real-time fact checking, reusable launch system and reusable rocket technology, search and rescue drones, security, self-driving and self-piloting technology, sharing economy, smart appliances, smart bill pay, smart cameras, smart cars, smart cities, smart dust, smart fabrics, smart farms, smart glass, smart glasses, smart grids, smart grids, smart logistics, smart thread, smarthomes, smartwatches, solar highways, solar roofs, solar tiles, spaceplane, stealth technology, superalloys, supersonic and hypersonic transport, swarm robotics, synthetic diamonds, the AI Cloud, the right to be forgotten, three-dimensional integrated circuits, translucent concrete, transportable health data, vactrain and hyperloop technology, vehicle-to-vehicle (v2v) communications, vehicular communication systems and supercavitation, vertical farming, video game technology, virtual reality, visual search engines, wearable technology, zero-energy buildings, 3D displays, 3D printing, 4D printing, 5G cellular & 6G cellular communications