James Seadon, Partner, IP and Technology, Protection and Enforcement
I have well over a decade's experience in data protection & privacy: primarily cybersecurity, data breach response and data protection litigation (including controller v processor and controller v data subject). I've fought group litigation. My IP practice includes copyright, database rights, confidential information, trade secrets, designs and trade marks. I resolve tech issues including project disputes. In franchising my successful reported cases include ChipsAway v Kerr (Court of Appeal) and Carewatch v Focus (High Court). I worked as in-house IP and data protection counsel to a multinational telco before joining Fieldfisher in 2007.
I've been listed as a Rising Star for tech, media and communications law by Super Lawyers (2014 and 2015) and appeared in Who's Who Legal 2016. I feature in IP Stars 2018 (singling out my "innovative and practical" advice) and The Legal 500 UK 2018 ("absolutely outstanding").
I have litigation experience up to the Supreme Court but also an excellent track record of resolving complex disputes without involving the courts, for example 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 IP 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.