Our technology specialists work closely with our clients to enable the implementation of technology solutions.

The team is technology literate and the work it does involves issues such as outsourcing, project risk assessment, technology contracting, privacy issues and commercial arrangements for enabling of new technology.

We have significant experience in the following areas:

  • technology aspects of major corporate transactional work, including acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures
  • complex information technology arrangements, including software development, licensing and maintenance, system integration, software as a service solutions, web hosting, network installations, hardware acquisitions, value added reselling and teaming arrangements
  • manufacturing under licence
  • research and development collaboration
  • resolving IP ownership issues
  • transfer and commercialisation of intellectual property in areas including bio-technology, medical devices, information technology, social media and manufacturing.

Technology disputes

We assist clients in handling patent, trade mark and technology litigation in the UK courts and the European Patent Office, and have direct experience in advising clients in North America and other jurisdictions on their registered and unregistered rights both domestically and more widely.

We also advise with regard to the EU competition law regime as it applies to development and exploitation agreements, and we are well versed in drafting documentation to take advantage of the relevant EU Block Exemptions.

Useful links

Top Ranked Chambers UK 2017  Leading Firm Legal 500 2016

What I like about Birketts is that the team is very commercially minded. They also have good strength and depth, so work can be done at the right level for the legal input required.

Chambers UK 2017