A GROUP of European lawyers have formed a cross-border alliance to advise technology clients.
The initiative, called euroITcounsel, aims to provide legal know-how on
specific issues within the technology industry.
UK firm Tarlo Lyons is the UK representative and co-ordinates the project.
IT is one of its areas of expertise.
Other members come from Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the European
Commission, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and
All the solicitors are IT specialists. The group will meet quarterly to
decide which legal issues to address. Their first job will be to advise on
changes in European law affecting software innovation and patent
Tarlo Lyons partner John Mawhood says: “The risk is companies will lose
out on the advantages that go to those [who] file for patents on their
inventions in software.”