TMT – Intellectual Property – Privacy
Communications-Media-Technology Law (TMT)
The firm is able to provide highly specialized and industry-focused assistance to clients active in the CMT sector.
Our CMT area lawyers work closely with engineers, marketing and product directors, economists, and regulatory consultants. Together we provide a complete value-added service.
CMT area professionals render assistance (i) in the provision of state-of-the-art electronic communication and audio-visual services and related products and technologies, (ii) in the operation of next-generation transmission and broadcasting networks, (iii) in the fields of design, production, licensing and protection of media content based on continuously evolving technological standards.
The professionals in the CMT area are specialized to provide assistance and advice to operators in the sector, supporting them both in their ordinary activities and in specific emerging issues in extraordinary operations, such as involvement in tenders, competitive procedures or other procedures for the assignment of authorizations and/or licenses to operate in the communications sector in Italy.
In the communications sector, we assist in acquisitions, divestments and mergers, as well as in the formation of strategic alliances and joint ventures. We have developed specific experience and expertise in this area, also working with investors active in venture capital.
Media & Entertainment
Our experience and expertise extends to the full scope of matters relevant to this industry, and we regularly provide legal assistance and advice in relation to all relevant aspects of the media andentertainment industry.
We assist in structuring, drafting, negotiating, and managing all types of relevant contracts in the media sector, which range from concept and development, to production and distribution of audio-visual products in the context of the growing variety of platforms and standards technology available in the market, including, in particular, option and acquisition contracts, publishing contracts, actor, director, producer and executive engagement contracts, domestic and international co-production and/or co-distribution, marketing and sponsorship contracts, agent contracts, TV, cable and satellite channel licensing contracts, licensing and assignment contracts for multimedia works.
CMT area professionals provide extensive assistance in acquisitions, divestitures and mergers, as well as in the formation of strategic alliances and joint ventures in the media and entertainment sectors, including working with active venture capital investors in the relevant sector.
Our activities include assistance to companies, both in the development, acquisition, protection and exploitation of proprietary technologies, and in the development, production and distribution of products in all fields of ICT. We support our clients in implementing solutions based on emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain.
Our experience includes assisting large companies with preeminent positions in hardware and software, as well as communications service providers and electronic communications operators active in new technologies and related areas.
We assist our clients in all types of technology-related contracts, including contracts for ICT systems outsourcing, development contracts of software, licensing, support and maintenance services of hardware and software, leasing of hardware, IT procurement, housing and hosting and systems integration contracts, general terms and conditions for systems provision, contracts for sharing services and technologies, online transactions and commerce, contracts for the development of web-site and mobile-site.
The firm’s professionals have assisted leading Italian and foreign companies engaged in the development and implementation of new technologies and new media since the start of their activities, dealing with relevant issues – inter alia – to the field of interactive media, e-commerce, IT services and disputes over domain names and distinctive signs.
We advise on all types of electronic activities in banking and financial services, including electronic funds transfer, payment systems, online banking, securities exchange and digital applications, and electronic signatures. We combine our experiences in banking and finance and the technology sector in order to meet the needs of our clients operating in the new media market.
We support public administrations in complying with current legislation on new technology law, accompanying them in digital transition processes, including in the implementation of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan.
Intellectual and Industrial Property
The firm provides wide-ranging intellectual and industrial property assistance and advice.
Our expertise in this area of activity includes all aspects related to the creation, acquisition, use, exploitation and protection of trademarks, patents, industrial designs and copyrights.
Given the particular relevance of intellectual property rights in the telecommunications, media and technology sector, the firm’s professionals active in this practice area have gained experience not only in traditional industry issues but also in dealing with the new issues emerging from the continuous technological evolution and convergence among communication platforms.
The firm offers assistance with all types of data protection issues, in the public and private sector, according to the applicable national and supranational laws and regulations.
The firm offers assistance before the Garante per la protezione dei dati personali in case of inspections, reports, complaints and appeals as well as in case of appeals against the Garante’s orders or claims for compensation for unlawful data processing.
The various types of privacy assistance include:
- Gap analysis against GDPR requirements and compliance counseling;
- Assistance in drafting the forms required by the GDPR;
- Assisting in the preparation of treatment records;
- Assistance in conducting data protection impact assessment;
- Defining the training plan for employees and implementing it;
- Assisting in defining corporate privacy policies by design and by default;