SIMONT BRAUN regularly acts in the practice areas of new technologies, computer science and networks. Because we insist on the need for skills and a detailed understanding of market trends and constraints, our Information Technology team is able to provide high-quality services in this cross-disciplinary specialist area. Our intellectual property and contract law specialists are closely linked in working together in these matters.
 
The Information Technology team comprises specialists who actively take part in conferences and publish academic articles in this area of practice. One of the team’s lawyers wrote a pioneering book devoted entirely to database law; another has written an overview of privacy law and personal database regulation.
 
The practice of our Information Technology department covers a wide range of areas: software and database protection, media law and its contractual and regulatory aspects, competition law, computer contracts, privacy and personal data.
 
The lawyers in the Information Technology team assist clients in the structuring, negotiation and drafting of contracts with a view to complex operations and projects. They also represent clients in intricate litigation before courts at all levels. In this context, they regularly act in conjunction with the Intellectual Property department in the cases relating to the exploitation of intellectual rights in a digital environment.
 
Examples of some recent major cases in which SIMONT BRAUN’s Information Technology team were involved include:
  • databases: we headed up major counterfeiting proceedings from conviction of the guilty parties to an attack on sui generis rights and continuation of the enforcement proceedings; we conducted proceedings against a public authority to guarantee access to public sources of information
  • electronic media and communications: we drafted and negotiated a large number of contracts concerning cable TV programmes distributed by the main Belgian and European broadcasters, including the triple play offer
  • computer contracts: we drafted and negotiated contracts for the development, integration, maintenance and provision of specialist software, etc. We negotiated the distribution of open source software and assisted the launch of an electronic invoicing platform
  • data protection: we analyzed a project on the sharing of personal financial information contributing to the enhancement of files
  • domain names: we conducted numerous intricate out-of-court proceedings before the Wilo and EURid courts concerning registration of the “.eu” domain name