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We are dedicated to addressing the full spectrum of technology companies’ legal needs. Our technology lawyers’ deep experience includes complex corporate finance transactions (both equity and debt); corporate acquisitions and divestitures; all types of litigation brought and faced by technology companies; protecting intellectual property; and licensing, distribution, outsourcing, and similar transactions that directly and indirectly exploit our clients’ technology.

Technological advances are constant, rapid, and unrelenting. Companies in the technology industry face a wide variety of challenges, many of which are unique. To address these challenges effectively and efficiently, Carlton Fields employs an integrated team approach to help our clients develop, protect, and capitalize on their technology assets and to help them rapidly grow their businesses. In every stage of our technology clients’ life cycles, we render counsel with the goal of helping our clients succeed.

Experience

  • Structured sophisticated equity and debt financing transactions involving venture capital funds, private equity groups, and banks.
  • Bought and sold companies and divisions through mergers, stock purchases, and asset purchases. 
  • Structured complex joint venture transactions.
  • Enforced intellectual property rights through litigation, and defended against claims of intellectual property infringement.
  • Drafted and negotiated technology and content licensing agreements; customer, reseller, VAR, and OEM agreements; outsourcing and manufacturing agreements; technology transfer agreements; development and distribution agreements; source code escrow agreements; evaluation and beta test agreements; maintenance and support agreements; and equipment leases.
  • Advised with respect to cybersecurity, disaster preparedness, and data breaches.
  • Protected intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Protected human capital through invention disclosure programs, noncompete, nonsolicit, and nondisclosure agreements; compensation and benefit plans; and comprehensive employee manuals, policies, and procedures.
  • Conducted website audits to assess terms of use and privacy statements and electronic contracts.

All Insights

The Final CCPA Regulations May Be Ready, But Is Your Business?

The Final CCPA Regulations May Be Ready, But Is Your Business?

August 19, 2020

On August 14, California’s attorney general announced the approval of the final regulations for the CCPA. This alert discusses principal changes and key highlights in the final regulations.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Practical Compliance With CCPA and New Privacy Laws

February 6, 2020

Join Elizabeth Reilly from Fidelity National Financial and Carlton Fields’ attorneys Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson, and Steve Blickensderfer as they answer real questions from real members of the American Land Title Association on the resources and tools available to members of the land title industry, as well as some practical compliance tips for companies as they work to comply with the CCPA.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: CCPA Resources and Compliance Tips

January 29, 2020

Join Elizabeth Reilly from Fidelity National Financial and Carlton Fields’ attorneys Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson, and Steve Blickensderfer as they answer real questions from real members of the American Land Title Association on the resources and tools available to members of the land title industry, as well as some practical compliance tips for companies as they work to comply with the CCPA.

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

New Wave of Deaf and Blind Californians Suing Websites

January 23, 2020

Is your website suitable for the blind or deaf? If not, you may well be sued in California even though your business is elsewhere.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Service Providers and Sale of Data Under the CCPA

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Service Providers and Sale of Data Under the CCPA

January 22, 2020

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Who Does the CCPA Apply To?

The CCPA for the Land Title Industry: Who Does the CCPA Apply To?

January 15, 2020

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

CF on Cyber: Leveraging the Incident Response Guide to Prepare for the CCPA

CF on Cyber: Leveraging the Incident Response Guide to Prepare for the CCPA

November 7, 2019

In this program, Jack Clabby, Joe Swanson and Steve Blickensderfer give practical advice on the attorneys’ role in a data security incident response guide, which is a key document in preparing for California’s new data privacy law, the CCPA.

CF on Cyber: Key Takeaways from the California AG’s Proposed CCPA Regulations

CF on Cyber: Key Takeaways from the California AG’s Proposed CCPA Regulations

October 15, 2019

The California AG recently published its long-awaited proposed regulations to implement the CCPA. This podcast describes a few key points from those draft regulations, including as they relate to online privacy notices, verifying consumer requests, and financial incentive offerings.

CF on Cyber & FICPA presents Refeathering the Pillow: Catching, Containing & Cleaning up Cyber Fraud

CF on Cyber & FICPA presents Refeathering the Pillow: Catching, Containing & Cleaning up Cyber Fraud

October 4, 2019

In this podcast, cybersecurity attorney Jack Clabby discusses safety and risk management in data loss incidents with Mia Thomas, CPA, CGMA, Director of Learning for the FICPA.

The Shared Economy

The Shared Economy

October 3, 2019

Before discussing how and whether the shared economy should be regulated, it is important to define the term. Simply, the shared economy is an economic model in which consumers grant each other access to their underutilized assets.

CF on Cyber: Cybersecurity and Privacy Due Diligence for Private Equity

CF on Cyber: Cybersecurity and Privacy Due Diligence for Private Equity

July 25, 2019

In this podcast, cybersecurity attorneys Jack Clabby and Joe Swanson and M&A attorney Jackie Swigler offer their top five inquiries for cyber due diligence in this enhanced landscape.

2019 State Blockchain, Crypto, and Virtual Currency Legislation Tracker

2019 State Blockchain, Crypto, and Virtual Currency Legislation Tracker

July 24, 2019

A comprehensive list of newly proposed state legislation relating to cryptocurrencies and blockchains.

What to Do If the SEC Comes Knocking on Your Door

What to Do If the SEC Comes Knocking on Your Door

July 3, 2019

Justin and Michael discuss what may happen when you are served with a subpoena from the SEC, or get approached by the Department of Justice, and what steps you should take in response. In the second half of the discussion, Justin and Michael focus on some issues in the crypto space.

Supreme Court Upholds Ninth Circuit Decision: Antitrust Action Against Apple May Proceed

Supreme Court Upholds Ninth Circuit Decision: Antitrust Action Against Apple May Proceed

May 17, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court determined that iPhone users may proceed with antitrust claims over alleged anticompetitive app store practices.

CF on Cyber: GDPR Regulator Takes Narrow View of

CF on Cyber: GDPR Regulator Takes Narrow View of "Contract" Basis for Processing Data

April 26, 2019

Under the GDPR, businesses need to specify their basis for processing personal data, and the European Data Protection Board has recently released guidelines (2/2019) that take a narrow view of the "contract" basis under Article 6(1)(b). Join Mike Yaeger and Steve Blickensderfer as they discuss the guidelines and how they affect compliance for US businesses.

Be Prepared for the Next Wave of Biometric Data Laws: Five Tips for Businesses

Be Prepared for the Next Wave of Biometric Data Laws: Five Tips for Businesses

March 20, 2019

Advancements in technology have made it possible for more companies to use biometric data to streamline their business, improve security and workplace efficiency, and offer new services and features to customers.

CF on Cyber: Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Deals Under the CCPA and GDPR

CF on Cyber: Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Deals Under the CCPA and GDPR

February 20, 2019

In this podcast, cybersecurity attorneys Jack Clabby and Joe Swanson and M&A attorney Jackie Swigler offer their top five inquiries for cyber due diligence in this enhanced landscape.

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