ITechLaw eNews, August, 2009: Sandra A. Jeskie, Editor in Chief

Letter from the eNews Editor: Connect with ITechLaw Members on Twitter

The micro-blogging site Twitter has taken the world by storm. Its use has been varied, from Iranian citizens updating the world on protests after the Iranian presidential election to fellow ITechLaw members tweeting about ITechLaw's Annual Meeting and World Conference held in Seattle in May, 2009. Many of our members are active on Twitter and tweet about the latest in technology law and give personal and professional updates. Many of our members also actively use Linkedin. If you are using LinkedIn, remember to join the ITechLaw group.

I have enjoyed following many of you already and would like to extend a personal invitation to connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn. I can be found at or search for Sandra Jeskie on LinkedIn. If you have any questions about connecting with other members, please feel free to contact me.

I look forward to seeing you on line.


Sandra A. Jeskie
ITechLaw Vice President
eNews Editor in Chief

ITechLaw Annual European Conference: Brussels, Belgium, 5-6 November 2009

The ITechLaw 2009 European Conference is the premier meeting place for technology lawyers worldwide. Led by a stellar roster of renowned speakers, our two-day program will offer detailed insight into important industry topics. The two-track program includes:

The Impact of the Global Economy on Technology Transactions
Green Standards in ICT procurement
Healthcare IT
Cloud Computing
Social Networking
And much more.

There will be a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, 4 November and a formal Gala Dinner on Thursday, 5 November, followed by a Closing Reception following the conference sessions on Friday, 6 November.

Registration now open! Enjoy substantial savings with early bird registration through September 25, 2009. Visit the conference website for details.

ITechLaw Invites You to 2009 CyberSpaceCamp® in Brazil

CyberSpaceCamp® is ITechLaw’s signature intensive legal seminar geared towards young technology lawyers who want to boost their know-how as well as seasoned practitioners who would like to learn more about this exciting area of law. The curriculum presents the basics of technology law practice and then builds on those basics through extended lectures covering cutting-edge topics such as outsourcing, privacy, litigation, comparative international law and the Internet. The faculty is drawn from ITechLaw’s membership and includes university professors and senior practitioners, many of whom also hold law faculty appointments.

Upcoming meetings will be held in Brazil in September, 2009:

September 24 and 25, 2009
Sao Paulo, Brazil
FGV Campus

September 28 and 29, 2009
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FGV Campus

For registration and conference information please contact Sajai Singh at You may also check the ITechLaw conference calendar for the latest event news. 

Traveling Fellowship Award: Report by Talha Salaria

As reported in last month's eNews, ITechLaw's 2009 Traveling Fellowship Award Winner from the 5th International Asian Conference in Gurgaon, Talha Salaria, has been traveling to the following law firms: Setterwalls in Göteberg, Sweden, CMS Hasche Sigle in Stuttgart, Germany, Dr. Widmer & Partners in Bern, Switzerland, Lovells in Münich, Germany, Gassauer Fleissner in Vienna, Austria and Matheson Ormsby Prentice in Dublin, Ireland. A full report of her experiences is now available on the new ITechLaw website, where you may also find more information on the IVAP program.

The eNews Sampler: Brief Monthly Updates

In addition to ITechLaw's quarterly online law journal for members, the eBulletin (requires log in), ITechLaw often provides 1-2 short articles in the eNews each month. eNews articles not only cover short legal updates but also give members an opportunity to share their unique professional experiences as they relate to ITechLaw.

ITechLaw encourages members to contribute to its publications. For more information or to submit your articles, please contact us. Submissions are subject to editorial discretion. Articles not used in eNews may be used in the eBulletin and vice versa.

News About ITechLaw Members

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On September 18th, 2009 in Warsaw (Poland) at the Hyatt Regency a panel of industry representatives and legal experts will discuss recent developments in "Ambush Marketing and Green Advertising." ITechLaw Board Member Felix Hofer is scheduled to deliver a keynote presentation on "Environmental Marketing: the European approach – Examples from the green washing trick box."

ITechLaw member and former Board Member Richard C. Owens has joined Stikeman Elliott LLP as Counsel. Prior to joining the firm, Richard was a partner at two other Canadian law firms and was also the Executive Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Richard has written and published widely on the law of information technology, privacy, and the regulation of financial institutions. He was also recently selected to be included in the 2009 Edition of "The Best Lawyers in Canada" in the specialty of technology law.

ITechLaw Welcomes Its Newest Members!


Organization Location

Laura Harper

Ward Hadaway Leeds

Prashant Maragowdanahalli

Osborne Clarke Koeln

Alex Shiel

Ward Hadaway Newcastle upon Tyne

Valerie Surgenor

MacRoberts LLP Glasgow


President's Column, by Ursula Widmer

Dear ITechLaw Members and Colleagues,

By now many of you have had the opportunity to visit our new website and social network, ITechLaw Connect, launched on July 30, 2009. The new website includes many improvements, including an attractive and easy to use design, new content and the ability to connect with your fellow members worldwide.

(Above: Screen Capture of New Website)

By signing into the Member Center, you will be able to create a profile reflecting your experience, practice areas and more. ITechLaw Connect then matches you with other members, making networking easier than ever before. Not only can you communicate directly with members, but you can also search for lawyers in a particular area of expertise, background or location. You can also find members with similar interests and conference attendance to connect locally at ITechLaw events or discuss presentations.

Once you have signed on to ITechLaw Connect, you can also join specialized committee groups such as the Substantive Law Committees or ITechLaw Women’s International Network (I-WIN). Committee groups provide you with interactive forums, document sharing and meeting announcements, keeping you up-to-date on the latest developments in a wide variety of subjects.

(Above: Networking Sample from ITechLaw Connect)

I thank you for your continued membership in ITechLaw and welcome your feedback on our new website. I invite you to email me or Member Services with your thoughts or if you have any questions about how to sign up with ITechLaw Connect.

Our Web Task Force is currently working on Phase II of our website project, which is focused on enhancing the content available on our website. If you are interested in becoming more active in ITechLaw and have ideas on how to develop our website and website content further, please contact me.

I look forward to seeing you on ITechLaw Connect.

With my best regards,

Ursula Widmer
ITechLaw President

Call for Papers: ITechLaw 6th International Asian Conference

Dear ITechLaw Members,

We are pleased to announce a "call for papers" for the upcoming 6th International Asian Conference being held in Hotel Taj West End - Bangalore, India on February 4-5, 2010.

If you have a current issue or development in Information Technology (IT) law or Telecommunications law that you think would make an interesting presentation or panel, please submit a short one-paragraph description of the topic that includes why you consider this to be timely and relevant for inclusion in the conference.

Additionally, if you would like us to consider you or someone else as a speaker on the proposed topic, please summarize the proposed speaker's qualifications or experience to address this particular issue.

Please visit the ITechLaw India website for more information and conference details.

Please submit your proposal by August 28, 2009, to the following address:

We look forward to seeing you in Bangalore.

Rahul Matthan

Rajiv Patel

Sajai Singh

Ursula Widmer
Co-Chair, ITechLaw President

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