Birketts work with a wide range of technology businesses, whether they be small start-ups, SMEs or listed international corporates, providing straightforward, common-sense advice tailored to their individual needs.

Our lawyers have the expertise and experience to advise on all areas of commercial activity, in both the public or private sector, within the UK, and cross border.

Key practice areas include:

Structuring businesses

We have extensive experience in establishing tax efficient, and robust corporate structures for early stage and developing technology businesses.

Investment

We regularly advise on angel and venture capital investment into technology companies, for both investors and investees.

Intellectual Property

A technology business is centred on intellectual property. We advise clients on a full range of IP matters, including branding strategies, trade mark protection, patent licensing, design right protection, research and development agreements, copyright advice, data base rights, confidentiality advice, and intellectual property disputes and enforcement.

Information Technology

We assist our clients on a full range of IT related matters including software licensing, software development, e-commerce advice, hardware supply, software as a service arrangements, platform as a service agreements, software and hardware maintenance services.

Data Protection

Data is a key component of many technology companies, as we have an experienced team of data protection experts who advise clients on the implementation of data protection policies, data sharing arrangements, cookie policies, subject access requests, statutory compliance, sanctions and remedies, and freedom of information issues.

Commercialisation

The underlying technology is just the start for most businesses. Turning that technology into sales, whether of products or services, will generally involve a multitude of commercial arrangements and agreements. We act for businesses of all sizes in connection with such matters, including distribution agreements (UK based and international), commercial joint ventures, agency arrangements (including advice on commercial agents regulations), consultancy agreements, terms and conditions for the supply of goods and/or services, consumer law, e-commerce, outsourcing and manufacturing arrangements.

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