Technology, Telecommunications & Media

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Success in the technology, telecommunications and media industries hinges on a company's ability to see two steps ahead and lead the way toward the "next big thing." This means that industry players must keep an especially vigilant watch on market conditions and trends. For example:

  • Telcos and utilities are seeking to work together to meet the needs of the anticipated smart grid boom, with telcos looking to help fulfill the technology and capacity demands of the new smart grids while protecting their own infrastructure and data capacities.
  • Technology service providers should continue to benefit from the growing IT service needs of the United States government, which stem not only from operational and organizational requirements but the coming tide of retirements among federal employees. A government client base, however, means that these tech companies also have to deal with substantial government contracting and compliance requirements.
  • New technologies and consumer expectations are driving rapidly evolving digital distribution channels, and this is prompting a substantial change in how companies across the media spectrum deal with many business issues, such as licensing and IP protection.
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We Can Help

As the extraordinary pace of electronic advancements fuels dramatic change for participants in the technology, telecommunications and media industries, our attorneys - many of whom have advanced technical degrees and firsthand industry experience - can provide you with coordinated representation in all areas of law that are relevant to your operations, including:

  • Corporate Services: Corporate transactions are vital to growing and sustaining technology, telecommunications and media operations. Our team can assist you with every type of transaction - including the preparation, review and negotiation of contracts and agreements - along with mergers and acquisitions and related tax considerations.
  • Financial Services: Technology, telecommunications and media companies require significant financial capital to fund their ventures. Our team has extensive experience with all forms of financing and can help you secure the necessary funding for your operations, including commercial lending, structured finance, private equity, venture capital and grants.
  • Outsourcing: As corporations continue to cut costs and reduce expenses, the practice of Business Process Outsourcing and Information Technology Outsourcing is on the rise. Our team can help you negotiate outsourcing deals, including those in excess of $1 billion. We have the technical understanding necessary to delve into the schedules and negotiate the terms of the Master Services Agreement, and will work closely with you to ensure that there are no fee or service issues that may be misinterpreted after the contract is signed.
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution: Business disputes are common within the competitive world of technology, telecommunications and the media. We can help you resolve your business disputes through various methods, including negotiation, licensing arrangements, settlement, alternative dispute resolution and, when in your best interest, litigation. For example, software license disputes often involve significant license fees. Our team can help you obtain an injunction to keep your websites operational during the pendency of the dispute. 
  • E-Commerce: E-commerce presents extraordinary opportunities for expanding business and reaching global markets. However, the exponential growth of the Internet and online activities raise numerous regulatory and legal concerns related to intellectual property protection, contractual rights and obligations, privacy, data security breaches, cyber attacks,  jurisdictional issues and competition. Our e-commerce attorneys understand the technical, contractual, intellectual property and regulatory issues impacting companies engaged in e-commerce transactions and can help you protect your business interests in the global economy.
  • Government Contracts: Governmental agencies continually contract with technology-based companies and we can help you effectively navigate the procurement process and comply with the applicable laws and regulations so you can achieve your business objectives.
  • Intellectual Property: With the rapid pace of advancements in today's world, your intellectual property is likely your company's greatest asset. Our team can help you protect and optimize the value of your innovations and business interests through licensing and the registration and enforcement of copyrights, patents and trademarks.
  • International: Developments in technology, telecommunications and media are shrinking the world and geographic boundaries no longer define business markets. Members of our team can assist you with your transactional, real estate and dispute resolution needs around the world. In addition, we can provide you with counsel on foreign ownership of U.S. technology and communications companies.
  • Labor, Employment and Benefits: We can guide you through common employment issues such as policies, training and benefits as well as issues that are of importance to your industry such as enforcement of non-competes and protection of trade secrets. In addition, we can represent your interests in labor relations, help you achieve compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regulations and defend your interests against claims of discrimination and retaliation.
  • Media, Communications and Entertainment: As the media industry has grown and diversified during the past several decades, so, too, has your need for sophisticated legal counsel. Our team provides regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation services for leading broadcasters, publishers and communications companies throughout the world. In addition, on behalf of journalists and broadcasters, we can represent your interests in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) issues and matters involving privacy and defamation.
  • Public Policy & Regulation: The industry standards and regulations governing technology, telecommunications and the media have serious implications for businesses of all types. Our team has a deep understanding of the laws that impact your operations and can represent your interests in federal and state legislative matters, enforcement actions and rule making proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In addition, we can also advise you on achieving and maintaining compliance with the regulations applicable to your operations, including those related to FCC licenses, permits and authorizations; ownership issues; transfers of control; advertising; programming and more.
  • Real Estate: Most companies engaged in the technology, telecommunications and media industries require significant real property holdings to conduct their business. We can help you with the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of the real estate necessary for your operations.
  • Technology: In an industry where innovation drives your operations, you need forward thinking legal advice to advance your business goals. Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of technology law, including the commercialization of technology and the development, distribution, ownership, licensing and use of the Internet and computer software.

Guidance You Can Trust

The combination of our thorough knowledge and experience, our extensive involvement in industry organizations and our sincere commitment to provide responsive service is why clients entrust our Technology, Telecommunications and Media Teams to handle their legal needs. These attributes are also the reason why members of our teams have been recognized among the top legal professionals in the country by leading publications, including Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.

In its 2011 guide, Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business honored several Holland & Knight practices and partners as leaders in their respective fields, including Media & Entertainment; Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite - Regulatory; First Amendment Litigation; Technology & Outsourcing and Intellectual Property. In addition, the publication individually acknowledged several of our attorneys, stating that our team members include "one of the nation's leading media lawyers," an attorney with "keen insights and incredible expertise in the rapidly changing world of media rights," "a hands-on expert and good negotiator" in the area of telecommunications regulation and "a serious player in technology transactions and outsourcing-related litigation."

In addition, the chair of our Technology Team writes the monthly Technology Law column for the New York Law Journal and the chair of our Media Team is the senior editor for the ABA's Litigation Journal, chair of the ABA Forum on Communications Law and a recipient of the "Client Service All-Star" award by The BTI Consulting Group, Inc.