Intellectual Property, IT and Commercial Contracts

The successful delivery of technology, IT and sourced solutions is key to the delivery of your business strategies.

Whether your business is looking to identify structure, protect, exploit or enforce its intellectual property rights, we have the knowledge and experience to help. If you would like more information on how we can help you with any issue relating to your IP please contact us.

We have great technical and practical experience of those matters, big and small, legal and commercial, that matter most to the delivery of successful projects. We regularly work alongside specialists in PwC LLP to deliver advice covering the “whole picture”, the result being that we are uniquely placed to provide legal advice in a practical manner and relevant to your commercial context.

We regularly provide advice on all aspects of the sourcing lifecycle. We support the strategic structuring of transactions and the procurement process, contract drafting and negotiation, project implementation, the management of issues arising, contract reviews and far from least, exit arrangements and re-negotiations.  We work across industry sectors and we have worked for (and learnt from) a diverse range of clients including: manufacturing, retail, medical technology and pharmaceuticals, fashion, public sector, suppliers, financial services, and heavy industry. We have advised on a wide range of projects including: Business Process Outsourcing and shared service outsourcing transactions, contact centre arrangements, business service supply contracts and the creation of template framework agreements.

The digital revolution is driving strategic and business change at an unheralded rate. Businesses are driving efficiencies through digital processes, such as cloud services, and new businesses are being formed based solely on digital platforms. We support our clients to take advantage of the new opportunities that are being created and help to protect them from the risks that unfortunately accompany such developments.  We advise on all aspects of IT contracts – outsourcing, cloud services, system procurements, web terms, software development agreements and licence arrangements. We support customers and suppliers, private and public sector and we employ that breadth of experience in our delivery of business-focussed advice.

We support clients in their approach to contracting for the cloud. The model of IT-as-a-service can deliver significant business benefits but, buyer beware, it does generate a number commercial and legal issues – security, data, privacy and jurisdiction concerns inter-relate. We increasingly assist clients on both the negotiation of cloud-service contracts and also on those strategies that can be put in place to manage issues well before getting to contract.

We have experts in Intellectual Property who can advise you on everything from IP management and protection, drafting and negotiating agreements and licenses for the commercialisation of IP rights, IP structuring, bringing or defending IP claims in the UK and internationally.

Our Commercial Contracts specialists can help you with the contracting process, drafting and negotiating contracts, interpreting contracts, changing contracts as part of an operating model transformation, terminating contracts and contractual disputes.

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