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TMT - Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Fuelled by increased consumer demand for cutting edge products and low-cost services, you face a constant battle to offer ‘more for less’. Innovation drives growth, provided you overcome significant regulatory and commercial hurdles.

Having worked on a broad range of cutting-edge technology, media and communications matters in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) over the past two decades, our market-leading specialists in the region have dealt with every risk and challenge you face in a rapidly evolving market, from IP infringement and anti-trust issues to the complex issues that arise as markets adapts to transformative technologies – big data, the cloud, e-health and the internet-of-things.

Many companies are also joining forces as they seek to meet highly capital-intensive demands for investment in technology and building networks. Our experts in CEE, many of whom have worked in-house in leading technology, media and communications companies, have led on a significant proportion of the limited number of network sharing arrangements that are in place across Europe.

We understand that technological convergence coupled with the rapid spread of new technologies has opened up a wealth of opportunities in your industry and you must move swiftly to capitalise on them. To stay ahead of the competition, you need to spot and pre-empt legal difficulties before they arise. From M&A to investment and financing, from tax to licensing and product liability, from intellectual property to employment and environmental issues, from network sharing to outsourcing, our multi-disciplinary teams can help guide you towards the most commercially successful outcome.

Our Prague TMC team advise clients locally and internationally, in connection with TMT due diligence projects, corporate acquisitions, review of IP policies and TMT contracts and other transactional work. The team advises clients on specific as well as very complex legal matters involving registration, protection and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property rights, including protection of know-how, trade secrets and unfair competition claims

We are actively involved in the industries in which you operate including telecommunications, technology, sourcing, sports and media, and are able to develop innovative solutions for you. Recognising the ever growing demand for and importance of data privacy, CMS has a dedicated data privacy team focusing on the full range of data privacy compliance matters, from privacy audits through to data security, transmission and management, as well as issues such as safe harbor and Big Data at both local and EU level.

High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Tech­no­logy, Me­dia & Com­mu­nic­a­tions in Czech...
Clari­on Cap­it­al Part­ners on its first in­vest­ment in Europe with the pur­chase of a ma­jor­ity stake in Moravia IT, a glob­al loc­al­isa­tion and trans­la­tion busi­ness headquartered in Brno, in­clud­ing the re­view...
CMS In­ter­act­ive Guide to On­line Gambling Reg­u­la­tion in Europe
CMS Ex­pert Guide to 5G
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10/2021
Di­git­al Ho­ri­zons
 We are pleased to share with you our latest CMS thought lead­er­ship – Di­git­al Ho­ri­zons, a series of brief re­ports ex­plor­ing CEE’s di­git­al fu­ture.  Based on a re­cent sur­vey can­vassing the views of...
12/10/2021
On­line gambling law and reg­u­la­tion in the Czech Re­pub­lic
NotesAll reg­u­lated forms of gambling can be offered on­line, with the ex­cep­tion of tombola and small card tour­na­ments. Games of chance are con­sidered to be op­er­ated in the Czech Re­pub­lic if they are even...
22/09/2021
“Friends of an ef­fect­ive Di­git­al Mar­kets Act” part 2 – France, Ger­many...
In May 2021, France, Ger­many and the Neth­er­lands pub­lished a non-pa­per with pro­pos­als to im­prove the Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA). In this pa­per, the three mem­ber states, which refer to them­selves as “Friends...
30/07/2021
EDPB is­sues draft Guidelines on codes of con­duct for data trans­fers
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) is­sued its draft Guidelines 04/2021 on the codes of con­duct to be used as a tool for fa­cil­it­at­ing data trans­fers. These guidelines are the second in a series...
30/06/2021
EU Na­tion­al Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­it­ies pub­lish joint pa­per on Di­git­al Mar­kets...
The de­bate about the draft Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) – the European Com­mis­sion's flag­ship pro­ject in the di­git­al sec­tor – is in­tensi­fy­ing. In May, the self-pro­claimed "Friends of an Ef­fect­ive DMA"...
25/06/2021
Double pat­ent­ing: leg­al fact or fic­tion? (G4/19)
The En­larged Board of Ap­peal (EBA) has this week re­leased its de­cision re­gard­ing the is­sue of double pat­ent­ing. The concept of double pat­ent­ing will be fa­mil­i­ar to those work­ing in the pat­ent field. It...
16/06/2021
EDPB ap­proves first EU GDPR Code of Con­duct for Cloud Ser­vice Pro­viders
Fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion by the Bel­gian Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity, on May 19 the European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) ap­proved the EU Cloud Code of Con­duct with sub­sequent fi­nal ap­prov­al by the Bel­gian...
15/06/2021
New GDPR Code of Con­duct ap­proved for Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) and the French Data Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (CNIL) ap­proved the CISPE Data Pro­tec­tion Code of Con­duct of Cloud In­fra­struc­ture Ser­vice Pro­viders in Europe (CISPE...
11/06/2021
EDPB is­sues Re­com­mend­a­tion on cred­it card data stor­age for one-click pay­ments
The European Data Pro­tec­tion Board (EDPB) has ad­op­ted a new re­com­mend­a­tion on the leg­al basis for the stor­age of cred­it card data by e-com­merce mer­chants for the pur­pose of one-click pay­ment of fur­ther...
11/06/2021
European Com­mis­sion’s IoT Sec­tor In­quiry: Pre­lim­in­ary Re­port pub­lished,...
On 9 June 2021, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its Pre­lim­in­ary Re­port on the con­sumer In­ter­net of Things (the “IoT”) Sec­tor In­quiry which it launched last sum­mer (see press re­lease here and Q&As...
08/06/2021
European Com­mis­sion moves ahead with pro­posed 'Data Act' reg­u­lat­ing ac­cess...
On 28 May, the European Com­mis­sion launched an ini­tial con­sulta­tion on its plans for a ‘Data Act’, which would – if ad­op­ted – in­tro­duce rules for ac­cess to and use of data, both in busi­ness-to...
08/06/2021
European Par­lia­ment's 'Schwab Re­port' pro­poses sig­ni­fic­ant changes to DMA
On 15 Decem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion sub­mit­ted its pro­pos­al for a Di­git­al Mar­kets Act (DMA) to es­tab­lish dos and don’ts for "gate­keep­ers" in di­git­al mar­kets and en­sure that gate­keep­ers con­duct...