Many of the world’s largest multinationals and technology vendors trust the Blakes Technology group, one of the largest and most highly respected in Canada, to serve as their reliable one-stop shop for any legal need that involves technology and electronic commerce. They regularly retain Blakes to advise them on a wide range of issues, including risk management, regulatory compliance, complex transactions such as acquisitions of technology companies, IT and business-process outsourcing and procurement arrangements, financing of such companies as well as commercial matters, including drafting technology transfer, development, distribution, and licensing agreements. We advise companies on data privacy, digital security and encryption infrastructures, and review their data processing and electronic data interchange protocols. We also offer guidance on social media issues, including use policies, online behavioural advertising, trade-mark protection, branding, confidentiality, proprietary information and reputation management, and address the issues that arise when parties operate e-commerce businesses or engage in e-commerce transactions.
Smaller companies, such as hardware and software developers and e-businesses, also seek us out when financing their businesses or when needing advice on the commercialization of their technology products and services. We help protect ownership rights in software, handle source code escrow and trust arrangements, and provide a host of other services to technology developers. Our cohesive national team draws on talented professionals from every one of our offices nationwide.
Our industry-leading Information Technology lawyers possess a remarkable diversity of experience and education, including backgrounds in engineering, computer science and management information systems. Many of our lawyers are cross-trained in a number of legal areas such as corporate, commercial and communications law, and write a number of the leading texts in the field, advise governments on technology policy and legislative matters, and are considered to be among Canada’s top thought leaders in the field. What we all share is a deep understanding and appreciation of the business realities of the technology industry and the ways in which technology affects countless strategic and tactical decisions that companies make every day.