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Calfee’s Information Technology practice is one of the most comprehensive and experienced in the Great Lakes region. We employ a multi‑disciplinary team of attorneys with backgrounds in Intellectual Property, Corporate and Finance, Privacy and Data Security, and Litigation to provide clients with the sophisticated counsel they need in a rapidly changing information economy.

From Big Iron to blockchain, Calfee has worked with start-ups and Fortune 100 companies, vendors and buyers, and bleeding-edge and traditional enterprises, in creating, deploying, and using IT products and services.

We represent clients regarding all forms of intellectual property in IT, including patents, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, and trademarks, and provide all legal services needed to create, protect, market, transfer, and use IT assets and services, and to resolve related disputes.

Our IT attorneys draft and negotiate contracts and counsel clients regarding all types of IT transactions including software licensing (on-premise or as-a-service), maintenance, and hosting, as well as complex master service and joint development agreements.

Our IT attorneys assist clients with the legal ramifications of doing business in cyberspace – drafting and negotiating cloud subscriptions, data processing addenda, website terms of use, privacy policies, and other online agreements.

Drawing upon the experience of both Calfee attorneys and our Lex Mundi associates around the globe, we counsel clients on applicable state, federal and foreign laws in areas such as export regulation, advertising, data rights, and privacy (including compliance with GDPR, GLB, HIPAA, California’s Consumer Privacy Act, etc.).

Our IT group also provides sophisticated advice to a wide variety of businesses on corporate organization and capital formation issues such as choice of entity, private and public financing alternatives, joint ventures and partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures.

Our experience in IT-related dispute resolution ranges from proprietary rights claims to system performance disputes in mediation, arbitration, and litigation.


Chambers USA Leading Law Firm Rankings

Since 2004, Calfee has been recognized as a Leading Law Firm for Intellectual Property by Chambers USA, most recently in Band 1 in Ohio (2024). Clients provided feedback to Chambers USA researchers, "Calfee is esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio and the Midwest and across the USA. The IP team is highly experienced in the engineering, chemical, and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients. The team is responsive, practical, and extremely knowledgeable."

Market commentators said, "Calfee's IP attorneys are highly regarded; they are true experts, and they do excellent work for their clients. This is a power bench; the team works well together and supports each other well. Each individual is responsive and knowledgeable in their expertise and experience. This is definitely one of my favorite firms to work with."

Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2024 "Best Law Firms" rankings in the following areas:

  • Information Technology Law (National Tier 3, Regional Tier 1 Cleveland)




IT Transactions

  • Software licensing, maintenance, and support agreements
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Agreements
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) subscriptions
  • Outsourcing, hosting, and Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
  • Software development and Master Service Agreements and Statements of Work

Online Activities

  • Website development agreements, terms of use, and privacy policies
  • Data privacy/security counseling, breach notification planning
  • Regulatory (e.g., HIPAA, GLB, GDPR) compliance counseling
  • Online advertising

IT-Related Dispute Resolution

  • Application and system performance disputes
  • Infringement/proprietary rights disputes
  • Domain name and trademark disputes

Corporate Organization and Capital Formation for IT Businesses

  • Securities transactions and compliance issues
  • Venture capital
  • Choice of entity
  • Corporate governance
  • Joint ventures
  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and sales

Securing, Commercializing & Protecting Intellectual Property in IT

  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets
  • Domain names

News & Events



"The team is responsive, practical, and extremely knowledgeable."

Chambers USA client quote

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