James Seadon, Partner, IP and Technology, Protection and Enforcement
My practice centres on IP rights (particularly copyright, database rights, confidential information and trade marks) and technology issues (including digital business and project disputes). I have over a decade's experience in data protection and privacy work, focused on contentious matters including cybersecurity and data breach response. I'm well-versed in franchising (successful reported cases include ChipsAway v Kerr and Carewatch v Focus). I worked as in-house IP and data protection counsel to a multinational telco before joining Fieldfisher in 2007.
While I have litigation experience up to the 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 teach IP (particularly copyright) including to: students in the University of Cambridge Institute of Biotechnology (teaching the intellectual property element of the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise degree); and delegates on the Music Publishers Association's induction course.
My professional memberships include the American Intellectual Property Law Association, AIPPI UK, INTA, and the Society for Computers and Law. I chair AIPLA's International Copyright Issues subcommittee.
In 2009 I co-founded IPSoc (the society for junior IP practitioners). I was twice elected Chairman, and remained an active committee member for six years.
I've been listed as a Rising Star for tech, media and communications law by Super Lawyers (2014 and 2015). I feature in Who's Who Legal 2016 and IP Stars 2018, the latter singling out my "innovative and practical" advice. I am described in The Legal 500 UK 2018 as "absolutely outstanding".