A Practical Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights in the Tech Sector

Why should you choose this course?

A good understanding of Intellectual Property Rights ("IPRs") is critical to the success of businesses engaged in the technology sector.

This course provides a practical introduction to IPRs, with a specific focus on the practical steps businesses should take to make sure that IPRs are identified, captured and owned by them, how to manage and enforce them and how to ensure that 3rd party owned IPRs are not infringed.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone involved in the operation of a technology business who wishes to learn more about IPRs.

What is the course outcome?

The course will provide delegates with a good understanding of IPRs. Delegates will gain knowledge that will enable them to better manage IPR issues in their own businesses.

What is the agenda?

Start time: 2:00pm

Break: Tea & coffee break

Finish time: 5:00pm

The course will cover, inter alia:

  • Understanding why and how IPRs should form part of your overall business strategy.
  • Clear recommendations and action points to take away as to how delegates can recognise, protect, enforce and leverage IPRs that relate to the technology sector.
  • Defining and explaining the scope of each major IPR - copyright, patents, trade marks, designs, databases, confidential information and know-how/trade secrets.
  • Assisting delegates to be able to identify and locate IPRs that are relevant to their own businesses - through practical examples of real life technology products and services.
  • Considering the practical, internal steps a business can take to make sure that IPRs are identified, captured and owned by them and that 3rd party owned IPRs are not infringed.
  • How to develop an IPR strategy/plan for your business.
  • The processes, costs and timescales for obtaining IPRs.
  • The processes, costs and timescales for enforcing IPRs against infringers.
  • How to carry out IPR clearance/'freedom-to-operate' searches to ensure your business does not infringe 3rd party IPRs.
  • What IPR due diligence an investor or potential purchaser of a business should carry out and what they should expect to see in an 'IPR healthy' business.
  • How IPR is dealt with in respect of common commercial transactions (e.g. joint ventures, development and manufacturing agreements, licensing arrangements, sales of companies and businesses, etc.). Considering issues like ownership, warranties, indemnities, IPR insurance, etc.
    International IPR filing strategies.
  • How to manage a portfolio of IPRs (through NDAs, employee contracts, watching services, renewal systems and processes, etc.).
  • Common pitfalls of businesses when it comes to IPRs (including IPR myths and the reality).

Who is the course leader?

This course is delivered Carl Steele, a Partner and Head of Trade Marks at Ashfords LLP.

He is dual qualified, being both a solicitor and a registered Trade Mark Attorney. Carl has over 18 years' experience of advising clients on intellectual property and commercial matters, having previously worked in the City for leading IP firm Taylor Wessing. He specialises in advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright, design, database, patent and trade mark law and the law relating to passing off and confidential information. He deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters. He also advises on and has significant experience of drafting, negotiating and resolving disputes concerning a wide range of commercial contracts.

Carl lectures on trade mark law to law undergraduates at the University of Exeter, as part of their degree course. Additionally, Carl is recognised in The Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as a Band 1 rated Intellectual Property Lawyer.

What is the cost of the course?

techUK Members- £200.00

Non techUK Members- £250.00
(Prices exclude VAT)

If you are not sure whether your company is a member of techUK, click here to check first to ensure you pay the correct price for the course you are booking. If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact mariana.obetzanova@techuk.org.


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