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James Seadon, Senior Associate, IP and Technology Protection and Enforcement

James Seadon, Senior Associate, IP and Technology Protection and Enforcement, Fieldfisher

I specialise in resolving disputes involving intellectual property and technology law, particularly where those disciplines intersect in the technology, media and telecoms sector.

My practice centres on soft IP disputes (copyright, database rights, confidential information, trade marks and design rights) and IT issues (including helping clients to salvage - or to extract themselves as efficiently as possible from - failing software development projects).  Other areas of expertise include franchising disputes, and contentious data protection and privacy work.

While I have litigation experience in the County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, I'm also a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution.  In particular, I have an excellent track record of resolving complex disputes in mediation. Mediation can be an effective tool in almost any dispute, but is particularly so where business-critical technology projects have stalled. 

I worked as in-house counsel to a multinational telco before joining Fieldfisher in 2007. I have a particular interest in new (and tech-driven) media.

I teach the intellectual property element of the University of Cambridge's Masters in Bioscience Enterprise degree. Recent speaking engagements range from addressing the Cybersecurity Challenge on IP issues, to our own Crammer®, where this year I discussed the ongoing reform of copyright law.  I was recently interviewed in e-commerce law & policy about orphan works in the wake of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. 

My professional memberships include INTA and the SCL.  I was a founding committee member of IPSoc (the society for junior IP practitioners) and have been Chairman since 2011.