30th Dec 2015

​Getting Intellectual Property at the Leeds Digital Festival

When you’re really into something, you see it all around you, and frame what you see in that context – I think! So if history is your thing, you see your surroundings in their context, and when you travel, you have an immediate depth of understanding.

So that’s my opener to mention intellectual property, which I’ve been thinking about in the context of our contribution to the week of the Leeds Digital Festival (last week of April 2016). We’re contributing anyway, being on the steering group, and the board of the Festival; but how can we as lawyers enrich the content of the presentations which will make up the week?

Understanding IP means that your understanding of what you have, what you provide and what you have to retain in digital business has a context and depth which you’d otherwise miss. We do a lot of work for software companies and digital agencies, negotiating contracts and looking after their business needs. Often that need comes down to helping them understand what they need to protect, or where they have a good understanding, identifying how they can avoid giving away their crown jewels. In the planning for the Leeds Digital Festival, having this grasp has come up again and again – sometimes where people have a gap in their knowledge.

So we’ve been thinking – an event around IP, sharing a platform with other experts, and telling tales from the coalface – the real life situations we’ve worked with where people have lost their IP, almost lost it, or benefited from it – that would work, could be entertaining / alarming. It’s always better to learn from others’ mistakes than your own…

Paul Berwin


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