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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

The TMT practice is particularly strong with Rodney D. Ryder heading this practice area.  He is the author of the first and only section-wise analysis of the Indian Information Technology Act 2000.  Rodney has been ranked as a leading Information Technology and Intellectual Property lawyer by Asia Law and Practice and listed as a leading Regulatory Communications lawyer by Who’sWhoLegal, United Kingdom.

The firm is legal counsel to the Office of the Controller of Certifying Authorities, Ministry of Information Technology on legal modifications and amendments to the Information Technology Rules and Procedures. In addition, the firm has also advised clients on their applications to be instated as Certifying Authorities under the Indian Information Technology Act [2000]. In the area of Internet-related crime, the firm advises NASSCOM, the Government of India and in particular, the Computer Emergency Response Team [CERT].

Mr. Ryder’s second book, Intellectual Property and the Internet, published by LexisNexis is perhaps the only one of its kind in Asia.  The text has been acknowledged to be an authoritative work by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and has been quoted in the first and only judgment by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on domain names. He is advisor to the National Internet Exchange of India [NIXI] and a member of the panel of independent and neutral arbitrators with NIXI.

Our firm is legal counsel to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India and to the National Internet Exchange of India [NIXI] which manages the .in [Indian Country Code Top Level Domain Extensions]. We advise various Fortune 500 companies as well as a social networking site on Internet Security and Cyber Crime.

Data Protection, Privacy and Corporate Compliance

The firm is one of the few firms in India, with an established Data Protection, Privacy and Corporate Compliance Practice. The firm is advising clients around the world on data privacy law in the context of the issues that arise in online business, data mining and data processing.

In addition to corporate compliance advisory services, the firm also conducts training programmes in Data Privacy and Corporate Compliance. The firm is presently advising the Government of Malaysia, in association with a leading Malaysian Law Firm, on Data Protection and Information Security, including Electronic Governance. 

The firm is India legal counsel to a leading social networking website on data security issues and regulatory compliance in India.

Information Technology

The firm’s key services in this sector include advising, negotiating and drafting contracts in connection with:

  • The procurement and delivery of IT systems and services
  • Outsourcing projects and managed services
  • Software development and distribution, including VAR and OEM arrangements
  • Dispute resolution
  • Joint Ventures and other strategic alliances, with full corporate documentation where appropriate (merger and acquisition, business purchase and sale agreements, shareholder arrangements, governance terms)
  • E-commerce and Internet-based businesses, including website development, hosting, and content management
  • Data protection and privacy principles, security
  • Project finance and other funding arrangements
  • Intellectual property management, enforcement and commercialisation
  • Directors\' and key staff packages, as well as general employment and consultancy agreements, advice concerning staff transfer and protection of employment regulations
  • Regulatory compliance, such as may affect utilities, former state monopolies, the banking and finance sectors and other regulated industries
  • Competition issues [in this area we are assisting companies in India in addition to foreign clients]
  • Public procurement law, practice and procedure, best practice
  • Contract management, best practice

In the area of Electronic Commerce, law and practice, our services include:

  • Advising on strategic alliances in the e-commerce field
  • Establishment of e-procurement exchanges and multi-party trading arrangements
  • The establishment and operation of web sites
  • Design, hosting and maintenance agreements
  • On-line terms of trade
  • Data protection and privacy issues
  • Copyright protection and brand strategies
  • Linking agreements, strategic partnerships, collaboration agreements and joint ventures

On-line advertising and ad serving

We advise several Internet advertising and technology companies on online advertising and ad serving. Services include compliance with financial services legislation, payment systems for online transactions and E-banking.

Regulatory Compliance – with the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008 [Data Privacy, Information Security and Corporate Compliance]

With the enactment of the Information Technology Amendment Act, 2008 [which came into effect on February, 2009], organisations under various provisions have the responsibility to ensure that ‘...reasonable security measures’ are put in place. An organisation could be liable in the event that it ‘acquiesces’ or ‘allows’ its intellectual property or corporate identity to be misused. We assist clients in identifying, developing best practise and securing their technology networks. We help our clients build capacity in the area of information security by putting in place proactive security apparatus.

The firm is one of the few firms in India, with an established Data Protection, Privacy and Corporate Compliance Practice. The firm is advising clients around the world on data privacy law in the context of the issues that arise in online business, data mining and data processing.

In addition to corporate compliance advisory services, the firm also conducts training programmes in Data Privacy and Corporate Compliance. The firm assists clients in relation to:

[a]        Enterprise Security [Security and privacy in policy implementation; security and privacy in the employment/HR function; security and privacy in compliance].

[b]        Operational Security [Information Asset Management; Operations Management; Internal Security Planning and Documentation]. 

With respect to the clients:

The firm is proud to have the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, as an esteemed client. The firm advises various financial institutions, social networking websites on regulatory compliance with the Indian Information Technology Act, 2000