James Seadon, Partner, IP and Technology, Protection and Enforcement

James Seadon, Partner, IP and Technology, Protection and Enforcement, Fieldfisher

I advise clients around the world in relation to intellectual property, technology, cybersecurity, privacy and franchising. I specialise in resolving disputes. 

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". 




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