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Information technology is developing at lightning speed, at the same time, the field of IT law has developed at a similar pace. One of the key drivers of success for your company is arguably a highly-complex, customised software system which has to run without a glitch, since system errors can have massive financial implications. In addition to watertight liability and guarantee clauses, the content of IT contracts must be clear, with all the details covered, to avoid potential disputes after the fact. With their solid technical expertise, this is exactly what our legal team specialises in.

For a number of years now, we have represented software providers and users alike, advising them on legal questions relating to IT, internet and E Commerce matters. Our clients include not only developers and manufacturers of software and hardware, but also users, including well-known banks and insurance companies, publishers, manpower agencies and various other companies who require complex and customised software platforms to run their businesses.

Whether you are a multinational concern or a medium-sized company, we can advise you on hardware and software purchases, the implementation of large-scale projects, the exploitation or transfer of licences, as well as contracts for software programming or maintenance. IT outsourcing or cloud computing projects can raise some major data protection issues and this is one of the core areas we focus on in our IT consulting activities. In addition, we can assist you in the enforcement of compensation or subsequent improvement claims arising from IT contracts and if required, can also represent your interests before courts or arbitration tribunals. CMS presence in 34 countries worldwide means that we can also provide you with efficient advisory services in any cross-border transactions that you may have.


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04/05/2022
More de­tail has be­come avail­able about how to as­sess pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19. A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has ap­plied...
23/03/2022
To file or not to file? Trade mark pro­tec­tion in the meta­verse
Wheth­er you’re fa­mil­i­ar with the term or hear­ing it for the first time, many glob­al brands have be­gun to con­sider the im­plic­a­tions that the meta­verse might have on their IP. There are, seem­ingly, bound­less...
26/01/2022
Res­ults of IoT Sec­tor In­quiry out: Com­mis­sion con­firms con­cerns, con­siders...
1. In­tro­duc­tion On 20 Janu­ary 2022, the European Com­mis­sion pub­lished its Fi­nal Re­port on the con­sumer In­ter­net of Things (the “IoT”) Sec­tor In­quiry, which it launched in 2020 (see press re­lease...
18/01/2022
The Road to the (Autonom­ous) Fu­ture
It is no longer pos­sible to dis­cuss the fu­ture of trans­port without the ques­tion of autono­ma­tion be­ing raised. The ques­tion of ‘how long’ un­til Autonom­ous Vehicle (AV) de­ploy­ment be­comes a real­ity...
10/11/2021
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
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...
23/07/2021
GDPR 3 years on – The greatest hits (and misses)
More than three years have passed since the GDPR ap­plied and a lot has happened in the world of data pro­tec­tion dur­ing that time – fines, class ac­tions, court chal­lenges and more. We give our “playl­ist”...
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...