Technology

Our specialist team of technology and intellectual property solicitors using our experience provide the overview needed in technology, e-commerce, software and IT sectors.  The experience offered spans start-ups, buying and selling businesses and dispute resolution work.

Please do call us to discuss your query. We are always happy to provide suggestions for resolving problems and an estimate of costs.

Reasons to decide to work with us

  • We solve problems relating to matters such as software licensing and platform subscriptions, through to negotiating systems integration, outsourcing and intellectual property protection.
  • We act for businesses of all sizes. We find clients who have worked with larger law firms are attracted to us because they know they will get a personalised service and receive better value for money.
  • We stay focused on the issues important to your business.

Key considerations for technology businesses

We work with technology designers, suppliers, investors and users, from the growth of early concepts to the sale of the business or its assets.  Based on the questions we see our clients asking we have summarised below some of the key areas.

Trade marks and brand protection

We consider what needs to be registered, how to guard against infringement and how a portfolio should take full advantage of your reputation to provide comprehensive protection and attract investors. We help protect not only the business reputation but also technology-specific assets such as domain names and comparative advertising models.

Technology agreements

We appreciate that technology businesses are highly specialised, innovative and unique in the service they offer. We tailor our technology transactions with this in mind, so you are well supported in achieving your objectives.

Building a stronger technology agreement

Our recent work includes building a stronger position around:

  • software licensing
  • selling a cloud-based systems integration
  • negotiating subscriber terms and conditions for a platform provider, including support and maintenance agreements for enterprise users
  • outsourcing agreements
  • limiting liability for internet service providers (ISPs)
  • protecting against consumer rights disputes
  • collaboration and investment agreements for startups, including EIS/SEIS and EMI schemes
  • assignment of intellectual property ownership and preparing for sale

Confidential information and Trade secrets

One of the most overlooked and undervalued assets of a business, but increasingly in the news, we help you determine what is needed to make non-disclosure and confidentiality clauses for employees, directors, potential investors and buyers enforceable.

Data protection

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and further planned changes to data protection legislation can make it difficult to gauge what the appropriate steps for compliance are for your organisation. For example, use of a purchased database for testing software performance and cloud security provisions could be a breach of data protection regulations. Whether your terms and conditions in communications adequately comply with the rules on consent is another area that is so far untested.

Interpretation of how the rules apply to your business

We guide you in interpreting what these requirements mean in practice for your business. Our team are always happy to review existing procedures to promote greater compliance. If you do experience a data breach, we can help you minimise the effects for your business.

Whether your business is based in the media or technology industry, we look at how your works are best protected. For technology businesses this often includes works such as software, algorithms, codes or databases. Preserving and defending your company’s right in work done by employees, consultants or freelancers is increasingly an important consideration for start-ups, collaborations and businesses operating in the gig economy.

  • We came to Gannons when we fell out with one of our collaborators. He claimed to have ownership over our IP. Gannons were fighting our corner every step of the way.

  • Gannons reviewed a SaaS Agreement for us. They helped us address the liability provisions and negotiate data protection liability