Our specialist team of technology and intellectual property solicitors using our experience to provide the overview needed in many technology, e-commerce, software and IT sectors. The experience offered spans start-up, transactional and dispute work. We solve problems relating to matters such as software licensing and platform subscriptions, through to negotiating systems integration, outsourcing and intellectual property protection.
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 have the depth of legal and commercial experience in the technology industry to review issues in the context of the transaction. We deal with commercial agreements, acquisition, sale and disputes for businesses with technology at the core.
- Enforcement and protection of technology and intellectual property is a key driver.
- 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.
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. We help protect not only the business reputation but also technology-specific assets such as domain names and comparative advertising models.
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 appreciate that technology businesses are highly specialised, innovative and unique in the service they offer. We tailor our technology agreements with this in mind, so you are well supported in achieving your objectives. Our recent work includes:
- 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
Trade secrets and confidential information
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.
The introduction of 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. 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.