Information Technology / Technology Transactions Law
What is Information Technology Law?
Information Technology Law covers the issues that arise when companies develop, license, acquire, or sell intellectual property, information technology, and/or computer-related and other technloogy products and services. Lawyers in this field advise clients on a broad range of issues across various industries. Such topics include intellectual property, licensing, software, hardware, technology transfer, outsourcing, e-commerce, procurement, consulting services, Internet, telecommunications, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
What do Information Technology lawyers do?
Information Technology lawyers help their clients to structure their transactions in a way that maximizes the client’s economic benefit while ensuring regulatory compliance with regulatory issues involving information technology. Some examples of such issues are export compliance, data security, and domestic and international privacy regulations, directives, and standards. Clients are usually users and providers of information technology, and can range from start-up enterprises to large multinational corporations.
In addition, Information Technology lawyers help structure and negotiate third-party services agreements necessary to run a company’s IT infrastructure and operations. Such agreements may include hosting agreements, hardware and software support and maintenance agreements, and system integration agreements.
Information Technology lawyers work with deals, provide advice, and negotiate terms for client transactions that cover the realm of intellectual property. In these scenarios, information technology or technology transaction that will include venture capital, joint ventures, licensing, and sometimes technology alliances. Attorneys in this field help with disputes between parties to transactions, they craft agreements and help to reduce the risk of litigation.
How do I enter this field?
So, what do you do if you want an information technology law practice? How do you get started? Of course, your law school courses can and will help you prepare. In addition, during law school, you may also develop and obtain experience in a clinical or other practice environment. Once you graduate, take the bar, and, can practice law, you will find that labor law positions can be found at a variety of different organizations. For example, information technology lawyers can be found in advocacy groups, corporate legal departments, federal, state and local government, and, of course, law firms, both large and small. Additionally, individuals interested in this field should consider a law practice that has a corporate and an intellectual property component. Further, an interested attorney can consider working with technology companies as well as to large non-technology based companies with technology procurement departments. Such experience will help distinguish candidates from competition.
Once you have earned your degree and license to practice, where do you start your practice? At the SEC? In a small firm? At a large firm? The variety of choices can be overwhelming. Below please find a few examples of the different types of opportunities which can be found in this practice area:
- Technology Companies Licensing Associate 5373 – Boston
- Technology Transactions Associate 3880 – Dallas
- Technology Tranactions Associate 10380 – Boston
- Technology Transactions Associate 6982 – Seattle
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