The Blakes Technology group has been dedicated to steadying clients through the peaks and valleys of the ever-evolving technology landscape for the past two decades. Unlike many of our competitors, it is distinct from our Intellectual Property and Corporate & Commercial groups, highlighting our dedication to technology law. As one of the largest and most experientially diverse technology law practices in the country, our Technology group offers comprehensive counsel on technology transactions, regulation and compliance in Canada.
Every company relies on technology, regardless of industry, and we deftly provide innovative solutions to the most complex technology law issues. Many of our lawyers are cross-trained in a number of legal areas such as corporate, commercial, intellectual property and communications law, and are considered to be among Canada’s top thought leaders in their respective fields. They advise companies of all sizes, from domestic and international players in the technology sector to Canadian start-ups pushing new boundaries in emerging technologies.
Our Technology team has specialized industry knowledge as well as a deep understanding of transactional complexities, providing creative and actionable legal guidance at all stages of technology strategy. Lawyers in the group are experts in major industries in Canada, such as oil and gas, power, financial services, telecommunications, retail and others.
Our practice is conceptually divided into two areas of focus ― transactional and regulatory work.
Our Technology lawyers help clients who develop, acquire, use, license and sell technology, data and intellectual property that is integral to their business. Clients value our perspective, developed over years of working with companies on all sides of a technology transaction, from vendors, buyers, issuers and targets, to suppliers and developers. The Technology group appreciates the intricacies of technology transfer, whether via commercial means, such as licensing from a vendor, or acquisition, such as buying and selling the companies that possess technologies.
Technology Regulatory and Compliance
Our lawyers are at the forefront of technology regulation and compliance in Canada. Our team includes experts in various industries and practices, such as Telecommunications, Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Advertising & Marketing, who have extensive experience advising on compliance with laws, applicable policies, industry codes, guidelines, authorizations, and licensing in telecommunications, broadcasting, and other areas.
Our clients often seek guidance when interacting with various federal and provincial government and other agencies, including the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED), Health Canada and others. The Technology team works with these regulatory bodies on a regular basis, and has advised on some of the most significant regulatory proceedings and business transactions in the industry. We keep abreast of the fast-changing laws, regularly updating clients as new developments affect their business.