Intellectual property and IT
Our specialist IT & intellectual property team's extensive technical expertise and experience covers every aspect of IT, e-commerce, IP and data protection. The team regularly advises high profile clients within the public and private sectors in relation to high value and complex IT, data and confidentiality matters including private companies, major software developers, database providers, data warehouses, digital content and service providers, telecommunication and e-businesses, insurers and insurance-related bodies, local authorities, NHS Trusts, police forces, universities and housing associations.
We always aim to get to understand your key commercial issues and how they will be impacted by new and emerging technology.
We advise on the supply and procurement of intellectual property, major hosting and infrastructure arrangements, SaaS agreements, cloud arrangements, big data, software development and publishing, hardware, support and maintenance, protection and registration, data sharing, website development and hosting, domain name disputes, seed fund investment and data processing.
We've worked on contracts with global tech companies such as Microsoft, Intel, Google, HP, Sony, Fujitsu Packard Bell and Accenture.
Recent examples include our advice provided to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in relation to the MyLicence Project (an IT project supported by the UK Government, DVLA and ABI). Our team was awarded Legal Services Supplier of the Year in 2016 by The Independent Game Developers Association and advises upon many AAA video game titles.
Intellectual property may be one of your most valuable assets and its unique need for legal protection demands special handling to deliver commercially and bring long-term benefits.
We also advise upon the supply and procurement of IP, confidential information, trade secrets, copyright, design rights, image rights, know-how, patents and trademarks (including protection and registration), licensing, technology transfers, data protection, e-commerce and disputes and litigation.
We're regularly involved in transactions and funding with multi-million dollar values and international agreements with foreign jurisdiction issues in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Japan. We also advise local authorities, PCTs, police authorities and other public bodies on procuring intellectual property services.Featured
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