IT and new technologies

The technological revolutions associated with digitalisation and big data are sending shock waves through the majority of professions, affecting not only IT and ICT specialists, but also any person working in a regulated profession or in a knowledge-based, industrial or commercial sector. An appropriate legal framework governing relations between the two parties is essential for ensuring the harmony and development of these relations.

Our “IT and new technologies” Department helps not only software programmers and developers, IT companies and software publishers but also their customers in drawing up and implementing the legal instruments necessary for balancing their respective rights.

The department’s lawyers implement all legal instruments needed to prevent conflicts, remedy abuses and to generally ensure legal certainty in these fields.

They have in-depth knowledge of the national, European and international laws and regulations in the field of information and communication technologies.

They have recognised specialist knowledge of the legislation governing IT, the Internet, the media and privacy.

Our department is able to reply to all the specific needs of IT software companies, software publishers and consumers of digital products.

Its counselling and dispute management services are available in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. In other national jurisdictions competent in such matters, it benefits from the help of networks of international professionals.

To provide developers of high-tech solutions and their users the full-service offering essential in this field, our lawyers have specialist expertise in various administrative, civil and criminal procedures, IT law, Internet law, telecommunications law and online market practices, as well as in many other fields of law.

They have authored academic publications on IT and ICT law, and regularly speak at seminars in Belgium and abroad.

Our “IT and ICT law” Department has specific expertise in drawing up a variety of contractual documents governing relations between IT and Internet specialists, software publishers, other professionals and consumers using these high-tech solutions.

The experience of our lawyers in the field of disputes over software piracy puts them in a privileged position to counsel and assist clients in drawing up contracts exploiting the rights of software designers.

A few examples illustrating our scope:

  • Negotiating and drafting software use agreements
  • Negotiating and drafting tailor-made IT development contracts
  • Negotiating and drafting source code transfer agreements
  • Drafting of terms and conditions applicable to e-commerce
  • Disputes over the names of Internet domains and websites
  • Disputes over illegal database extracts
  • Civil and criminal proceedings related to piracy and hacking
  • Counterfeit proceedings
  • Injunctions
  • Follow-up of surveys
  • The tax aspects of royalties and other forms of compensation for software designers

Our lawyers specialized in this practice area :