Software and Information Technology

Once upon a time only "technology companies" had to be concerned about the details of software development and licensing and the complexity of information technology. But in today's world, these issues affect every business in one way or another. Whether it be the licensing in of mission critical software to help run your business, the design and functionality of your website, or the outsourcing of IT functions, properly structuring and memorializing these matters can make the difference between success and failure. Pierce Atwood represents companies of all types in connection with the development, licensing, outsourcing and acquisition of software, software systems and other information technology. We also advise our clients on privacy and data security matters and on issues that arise at the intersection of technology and the regulatory world.

Please contact Peter Guffin for more information about our practices serving clients in the software and information technology industry.

Licensing Big Data

We developed a licensing program and supporting agreements for a holder of health care claims data in connection with out-licensing de-identified data sets to universities and organizations for research purposes.

Electronic Payment Systems Breach

We successfully defended a major retailer in parallel federal multi-district and state level class actions after a data security breach resulted in exposure of electronic payment card data.

Marketing with Big Data

We advised a major national insurer regarding the privacy law implications of its big data marketing initiatives.

Building a Bank’s Critical Information Systems

We served as lead counsel for a top-ten North American bank in connection with acquisitions of mission critical information systems involving the exchange of highly regulated personal information.

Pierce Atwood assists its clients to vigorously defend class actions on the merits, to challenge class certification where appropriate, and to navigate the complex class litigation process.


Energy Company Breach

We assisted a major energy company in responding to a Federal Trade Commission civil investigative demand following a data security incident. The breach affected several million customers. With Pierce Atwood’s help, the FTC closed the investigation without taking any enforcement action.


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