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In the last decade, rapid advances in technology have resulted in fundamental – and often disruptive – changes to the business models of virtually all companies in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries. Indeed, the convergence of various technologies and devices has had a profound impact on the way that businesses of all types operate. Greenberg Traurig’s combination of robust international media and entertainment resources and years of experience working on the cutting edge of the technologies that brought about these changes, has positioned the firm to guide companies dealing with the new realities of today’s global business environment.

Greenberg Traurig advises multinational technology, telecommunications, Internet and media companies on the critical legal issues they face in the midst of sweeping technological change. We regularly represent clients in transactions and disputes relating to the procurement, sale, development and protection of their products and services. Our attorneys also advise established companies in various industries wanting to develop new ways of doing business, as well as global, national and regional public and private authorities seeking to procure new information and communications technology products and services.

Technology and E-Commerce

  • Serve companies internationally and domestically in Internet, software, semiconductors, networking, wireless, computers and peripherals, and related industries
  • Advise large companies in a variety of industries that are significant purchasers of technology products and services
  • Counsel clients on hardware and software systems acquisitions
  • Advise companies on data center and business process outsourcing arrangements
  • Structure and negotiate strategic alliances and OEM, VAR and dealer agreements
  • Provide IP counsel, encompassing software and business method patents; technology and content licensing; trademark selection, registration and maintenance; copyright registration and protection strategies; and IP audits
  • Advise on online commercial ventures, marketing and promotion law compliance, electronic publishing and taxation of online activity
  • Represent clients in supplier/distributor, domain name, trademark and other technology-related disputes
  • Represent a broad range of stakeholders in Internet law and e-commerce, including governments, Internet publishers, e-commerce sites and companies developing digital technologies and business models for the future
  • Draft IT-related legislation


  • Negotiate agreements for distribution of video programming via broadcast, cable, satellite and other broadband technologies
  • Counsel clients on production, acquisition and financing of film and television programming
  • Negotiate and structure radio station, cable network and broadcast station acquisitions and financings
  • Advise on creating, operating and financing media and entertainment businesses
  • Counsel clients on FCC licensing, franchising and other regulatory compliance matters
  • Negotiate artist and producer recording agreements
  • Advise on Internet-based entertainment ventures
  • Provide IP counsel and related corporate and securities advice


  • Represent both emerging and established companies in their efforts to compete with incumbent telecommunications operators, domestically and internationally
  • Assist governments around the world in the privatization of their telecommunications systems
  • Negotiate, structure and document transactions involving the procurement of telecommunications products and services for a wide range of companies
  • Represent clients before the FCC, other federal departments and agencies, state regulatory commissions, trial and appellate courts, and international regulatory authorities
  • Counsel clients on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, World Trade Organization Agreement on Basic Telecommunications Services and other compliance issues
  • Represent clients in inter-carrier partnering and interconnection negotiations, arbitrations and agreements
  • Advise on broadband deployment strategies, Internet services and facility issues
  • Counsel on tariffs, rates and telecommunications tax issues
  • Represent clients in telecommunications workouts, restructuring and bankruptcies


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Past Seminar Materials
  PLI "Information Technology Law Institute 2009", San Francisco, California, April 2, 2009
PLI "Information Technology Law Institute 2009", New York, New York, March 5, 2009
NXTcomm08 Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 16, 2008
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FBI Clearance Requests Delayed Following New Computer System Roll-Out
Ian R. Macdonald,Shaun Staller, October 16, 2014
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is presently processing clearance requests at a very slow pace and has suspended processing of all nongovernmental fingerprint requests until further notice due to a new computer system at the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service division. The...

Privacy and Data Security Reminders for Mobile Technology Providers
Ed Chansky,Erica Okerberg, August 28, 2014
Greenberg Traurig, LLP recently hosted a talk in its Silicon Valley office about privacy and software security for mobile technology providers with Nithan Sannappa, an attorney in the FTC's Division of Privacy and Identity Protection. Three key areas were highlighted.

California Court Broadly Defines What Information Can Qualify as a Trade Secret
Koray Bulut,Kurt A. Kappes, July 14, 2014
A California appeals court recently explored some of the outer contours of trade secret law, and held that designs and ideas are protectable as trade secrets. In doing so, it affirmed a $5 million judgment awarded to a small Silicon Valley technology company. See Altavion, Inc. v. Konica Minolta...

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Supreme Court Holds Computer-Implemented Invention Patent-Ineligible
Scott J. Bornstein,Justin A. MacLean, June 24, 2014
On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank Int’l regarding the standard for patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. In a unanimous decision, the Court held Alice’s patent claims patent-ineligible, but did not articulate any new or...

Supreme Court Addresses Induced Patent Infringement and Indefiniteness Standard in Key Decisions
Scott J. Bornstein,Justin A. MacLean, June 11, 2014
On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court overturned the decisions of United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in two opinions having the potential to impact the scope and viability of issued patents. In Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., the Supreme Court confirmed that...

Massachusetts Courts Tie the Very Existence of 'Trade Secrets' to Your Business Practices
Kurt A. Kappes,James P. Ponsetto,David G. Thomas, May 19, 2014
Companies value their trade secrets but must also take “reasonable measures” to keep that information secret in the event the company needs to protect it through the Massachusetts Court System. Failing to do so may render even the most valuable trade secrets unprotectable. Therefore, it...

European Parliament Votes On Mass Surveillance with Implications for EU-U.S. Safe Harbor
Luke Dixon,Stephen C. Tupper, April 14, 2014
The European Parliament has voted emphatically in support of a report produced by its Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) on the mass surveillance undertaken by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and EU Member States. In doing so, the Parliament has called for the...