Stikeman Elliott

The Stikeman Elliott technology group understands its clients' business challenges and the unique role and risks associated with the exploitation of information technology, combining this understanding with sophisticated corporate capabilities to deliver the best possible support for any technology-related matter.

Our Technology Group is comprised of technology practitioners who are fully integrated into the firm's transactional business law practice, ensuring that the members have strong corporate-commercial skills to complement their significant technology expertise. Our team frequently collaborates with lawyers in our corporate, PPP/infrastructure, energy, communications and restrucuring practices to provide timely advice on the technology considerations applicable to commercial transactions. This multidisciplinary approach combined with the group's depth of transaction experience allows the group to provide innovative, practical legal advice for complex technology arrangements.

The Stikeman Elliott technology lawyers with whom you would be working understand both the business and the technology drivers of technology contracting, a product of experience that includes negotiating with virtually all of the major technology service providers, software companies and hardware manufacturers.

The core competencies of the technology group are:

Service Arrangements and Outsourcing

Members of our technology group have assisted clients with the negotiation and drafting of some of the most complex service and outsourcing transactions in Canada, including a wide range of offshore outsourcing transactions, cross border outsourcings into Canada and federal and provincial government procurement transactions.

Licensing and Commercialization

Stikeman Elliott has in-depth experience negotiating and drafting technology, patent and other intellectual property licensing, exploitation and commercialization agreements. We regularly represent both vendors and customers, advising on all aspects involving the licensing, exploitation or commercialization of intellectual property.

Technology Development

The protection and allocation of ownership rights in intellectual property is often complicated and contentious in the context of technology development, particularly where developed technology contains or relies upon pre-existing or underlying technology. Members of the technology group have significant experience advising on the issues arising out of development, design and manufacturing arrangements involving technology.


Stikeman Elliott is highly regarded for innovative solutions to the challenges presented by the privacy and data protection laws in Canada. Members of our technology group help clients understand these laws and advise them on developing compliant practices and programs.

Intellectual Property Management / Branding

Members of the group are frequently called upon to assist clients in respect of critical intellectual property and branding issues as they relate to technology, including patent portfolio development and enforcement, confidentiality, copyright issues (particularly as they relate to software), employee intellectual property issues, trade-marks, domain names, and the protection of corporate and brand identities, as well as other aspects of the protection and exploitation of technology.

Technology Litigation

Members of the technology group advise clients with respect to software/licence disputes, patent infringement and validity matters, copyright and industrial design disputes, trade secrets, passing off and confidential information, valuation disputes in the IT field, departing employee disputes and related injunctions, obtaining Anton Pillar orders with respect to trade secrets, confidential information and proprietary technology, product liability and deficiency cases, and financing issues and disputes.

E-commerce and Internet Infrastructure

Stikeman Elliott has experience in enabling clients to do business electronically and over the Internet, including advising on issues relating to electronic contracting, website development or hosting agreements and B2B marketplaces.

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Jonathan N. Auerbach
Michel Gélinas

Justine M. Whitehead 

Martin Langlois
Wesley R. Ng

Annette E.F. Dueck
Jennifer Honeyman
Robert Kiesman
Noordin S.K. Nanji
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