James Seadon, Partner, IP and Technology, Protection and Enforcement
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 (key reported cases include ChipsAway v Kerr and Carewatch Care Services Ltd v Focus Caring Services Ltd & Ors), as well as contentious data protection and privacy work (including the first successful defence at trial of criminal proceedings against a private investigator for data theft contrary to s55 Data Protection Act 1998).
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 teaching copyright law to the Music Publishers Association's induction course for newcomers to music publishing, to our own Crammer®, where this year I discussed the new exceptions introduced into UK copyright law. I was recently interviewed in Privacy Laws & Business about civil litigation in data protection.
My professional memberships include INTA, AIPPI-UK, AIPLA and the SCL. I was a founding committee member of IPSoc (the education and networking society for junior IP practitioners) and remain an active committee member, having twice been elected Chairman. I am listed as a Rising Star for technology, media and communications law by Super Lawyers (London 2014).