​​In the information technology field, Stephens Lawyers & Consultants advises on matters ranging from protection of computer software, cloud and AI based applications  and new emerging technologies, ownership of intellectual property, to complex IT development projects, outsourcing and procurement transactions, managed services, acquisition or sale of IT assets and companies.

We also advice on privacy, data protection and cybersecurity regulatory compliance and risk management.

Our focus on the technology industry means we understand the language of the industry, industry standards and risk management. This enables us to provide legal advice that is both technically and commercially relevant.  Stephens Lawyers are members of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak representative organisation for the ICT industry in Australia.

We advise, negotiate and prepare technology contracts across a range of issues:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Managed Services
  • Software licences and cloud based application services
  • Software and application development
  • Distribution, reseller and marketing agreements
  • Research and development
  • Facilities and datacentre management and outsourcing
  • Multimedia production agreements
  • Ownership of intellectual property
  • Confidentiality agreements.

Stephens Lawyers’ practice also extends to dispute resolution and litigation involving ownership of intellectual property, infringement of intellectual property rights, compensation claims for privacy and data security breaches and contractual disputes involving IT projects.

Links to Publications

Technology Disputes – Risk Management – April 2024

Regulation of AI in Australia – What next? – April 2024

Technology Disputes Update 2022-2023 – Australia – Emerging Trends and Managing Risk – March 2023

AI Generated Works and Copyright Protection- August 2019

Cloud Computing Understanding and Managing Risk – March 2019

Technology Update: Legal Traps: the Internet & the Office – Employer Liability for Employee Internet misuse – May 2010

Protecting your Trademark from Unauthorised Use on Facebook URLs – June 2009