Download looks at issues affecting the ability of technology businesses to enforce, protect and exploit their patents across borders. We consider the present parallel tracks in Europe and the UK and the latest on the Unified Patent Court which could transform the European patent landscape. We also examine the increasingly familiar concept of patent trading and highlight how the new Technology Transfer Block Exemption applies to patent agreements.
> A two track attack – patent revocation in the EPO and UK
> The UPC and Unitary Patent: momentum gathers
> Patent exchange
> The new Technology Transfer Block Exemption
This month on Download, we look at what businesses can and cannot do to protect key assets, such as confidential information, employees, clients and databases from competitors. We look at the latest on restrictive covenants in employee contracts. Who owns your LinkedIn contacts? Will the increase in wearable technology and employees using their own devices at work compromise the security of key assets, such as customer lists? What can you do when a former employee takes know how or key data to the competition?
> Going to work for the competition
> The wearable technology revolution: Is your workplace prepared?
> Safeguarding secrets - a German employment law perspective
> Keeping your staff and confidential information safe from competitors
> The LinkedIn effect: the employer's or the employee's account?
> Possible effect of draft EU Trade Secrets Directive in Slovakia
> A new European trade secrets regime takes shape
17 September 2014
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Graham is a partner in the Technology team. Graham previously worked in the software industry and was head of legal at a mobile Internet business.
Niri is head of the UK Intellectual Property and Media & Entertainment groups and is regarded as one of the leading lawyers in the fields of soft IP and media by independent directories.
Tim is senior counsel and head of the firm's Publishing group. Tim's legal expertise combines media, intellectual property and advertising.
Lorna Caddy is a senior associate focussing on media, technology and brands. She edits and regularly contributes to Download.