Software and Services


Today's fast paced digital environment requires innovative and highly effective software and service solutions. In many market segments Software as a Service and Cloud Services have increasingly become the norm and entirely replaced permanent on-premise licensing. Whilst the traditional methods of data storage are evolving, Bird & Bird has established a core group of industry experts across Europe, the Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, to advise our clients in the following areas:

  • Agile
  • Big data
  • Cloud computing
  • Cyber and IT security
  • Export control
  • Internet of Things/M2M
  • Mobile, online and in app payments
  • Open source and open data
  • Software licensing and patents
  • Trade Secrets and Export control

Our specialist lawyers provide the full range of contentious and non-contentious advice on Software and Services matters, for IT suppliers and customers in the public and private sectors. Our advice covers banking & finance, commercial, competition & EU law, corporate, data protection, dispute resolution/arbitration, franchising, intellectual property, HR services, employee incentives & benefits, outsourcing, public projects and procurement, real estate, regulatory & administrative, tax, and trade & customs.

Our clients range from multinational blue chip and mid-tier IT companies, through to innovate tech start-ups and fast growing SMEs. We also work with large technology users which include banks, healthcare organisations, public bodies, retailers, globally located manufacturers, publishers, and aerospace & defence companies – all of whom recognise our ability to combine an understanding of technology with the particular regulatory and commercial aspects of their business sectors.

Our team of recognised thought-leaders have strong institutional ties as well as a broad geographical coverage, allowing Bird & Bird to provide expert cross-practice multi-jurisdictional advice in patent litigation, competition law and dispute resolution.

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