The core competencies of the technology group are:
Service Arrangements and Outsourcing
Members of our technology group have assisted clients with the negotiation and drafting of some of the most complex service and outsourcing transactions in Canada, including a wide range of offshore outsourcing transactions, cross border outsourcings into Canada and federal and provincial government procurement transactions.
Licensing and Commercialization
Stikeman Elliott has in-depth experience negotiating and drafting technology, patent and other intellectual property licensing, exploitation and commercialization agreements. We regularly represent both vendors and customers, advising on all aspects involving the licensing, exploitation or commercialization of intellectual property.
The protection and allocation of ownership rights in intellectual property is often complicated and contentious in the context of technology development, particularly where developed technology contains or relies upon pre-existing or underlying technology. Members of the technology group have significant experience advising on the issues arising out of development, design and manufacturing arrangements involving technology.
Stikeman Elliott is highly regarded for innovative solutions to the challenges presented by the privacy and data protection laws in Canada. Members of our technology group help clients understand these laws and advise them on developing compliant practices and programs.
Intellectual Property Management / Branding
Members of the group are frequently called upon to assist clients in respect of critical intellectual property and branding issues as they relate to technology, including patent portfolio development and enforcement, confidentiality, copyright issues (particularly as they relate to software), employee intellectual property issues, trade-marks, domain names, and the protection of corporate and brand identities, as well as other aspects of the protection and exploitation of technology.
Members of the technology group advise clients with respect to software/licence disputes, patent infringement and validity matters, copyright and industrial design disputes, trade secrets, passing off and confidential information, valuation disputes in the IT field, departing employee disputes and related injunctions, obtaining Anton Pillar orders with respect to trade secrets, confidential information and proprietary technology, product liability and deficiency cases, and financing issues and disputes.
E-commerce and Internet Infrastructure
Stikeman Elliott has experience in enabling clients to do business electronically and over the Internet, including advising on issues relating to electronic contracting, website development or hosting agreements and B2B marketplaces.