Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online

By | Data & Privacy, Intellectual Property, Knowledge

As a company grows and becomes more well-known, its reputation becomes more valuable. Filing trade marks to protect brand names and logos is now common place, but companies need to look at different ways of protecting its brand simply beyond having a robust trade mark portfolio. One way is to monitor how the brand is used online. It goes without saying that a company wouldn’t want another business using its brand name or logo in connection with its goods or services without authorisation. Companies are becoming more aware they need to take action where intellectual property (IP) rights are infringed. This includes stopping the infringement…

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What You Need To Know About The Gig Economy And Your Business

By | Current Affairs, Knowledge

The gig economy is a hot topic at the moment. It refers to the working environment in which companies recruit individuals to work for them on a self-employed basis. Instead of being paid a salary, individuals are paid for the ‘gigs’ they do. Think Deliveroo and Uber. The Guardian reported that the UK’s gig economy has grown by 70% since 2010. It’s a popular model believed to account for at least 15% of the UK workforce and it’s expected to continue to grow as technology develops and demands change. Why Gig? Flexibility. Individuals set the hours they work and can move…

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What You Need To Know About The New EPrivacy Laws

By | Current Affairs, Knowledge

  The European Commission has released a new set of proposals to replace the ePrivacy Directive (Directive 2002/58/EC). The proposals seek to update the directive which deals with privacy protection and users of electronic communication services. The proposals are aimed at increasing trust in the digital single market and aligning ePrivacy laws with the more stringent rules under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect May 2018.   The Directive is designed to harmonise the privacy regime so all individuals and businesses in the EU are subject to a unanimous high level of protection. What to expect  There are…

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And The Winner Is ….

By | Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Investor and VC News, People

JAG Shaw Baker has been working with UCL Entrepreneurs’ Society to provide a commercial and legal sounding board to student-driven start-ups and to mentor budding entrepreneurs as they explore potential business ideas. As part of that, UCL created the Moonshot Launchpad progamme in 2016, a 12-week pre-accelerator program for engineering, science and tech start-ups. Sharmela Thevarajaha and Imran Bhatia, Associates at JAG Shaw Baker, were on the judging panel of the current Moonshot Launchpad. The nine finalists in the innovation program were primarily focused on the healthcare, fintech and energy sectors. Each company pitched their business ideas and faced tough questions from the judging panel. In…

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Three Minutes With Neil Miller

By | Intellectual Property, Partner Insight, People

We believe we have one of the best Intellectual Property (IP) practices out there. Our IP practice, led by Richard Penfold, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, works with some of the best and brightest IP lawyers in the industry. This is why we’re happy to announce we’ve bolstered the firm with the addition of Neil Miller as a new Partner in our IP practice. Prior to joining JAG Shaw Baker, Neil was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at SoundCloud, a role he held for six years. During that time, Neil helped SoundCloud grow from a small start-up to…

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Three Things You Need To Know Before Raising US Venture Capital

By | Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge, Raising in the US

The US has always been a hotbed of venture capital investment. In 2015, the National Venture Capital Association reported $58.8 billion was invested in the US, with VCs investing 5.4 times more money in the US than in Europe.  According to Tech.eu’s recent funding report, European technology startups raised around €16.2 billion in 2016. Despite the fact that those numbers don’t touch the US investment numbers, we still see increased interest in UK and European start-ups from US investors. The deep pockets of Silicon Valley VCs have filled the dreams of entrepreneurs around the world, but diving into a US funding round without…

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Upscale Class of 2017

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Startups

We’re happy to round out this week with a big congratulations to the start-ups that are part of Tech City UK’s Upscale Class of 2017. Upscale is a program for the most promising early stage start-ups to begin their journey to success. Each of the 33 companies are mentored by some of the UK’s most successful tech entrepreneurs including Riccardo Zacconi (KING.com/Candy Crush founder); Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman (Lastminute.com founders); Lesley Eccles, (FanDuel founder); and David Buttress (Just Eat founder). The start-ups in Upscale are from a wide variety of tech sectors. The companies also reflect the UK’s strength in particular markets,…

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Through The Looking Glass At Unbound 2016

By | Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Partner Insight

JAG Shaw Baker was invited to attend Unbound London in last month. The two-day innovation event in December took a stratospheric leap into a hyper-connected future where change will occur in the blink of an eye and be driven more by society. The event kicked off in royal style with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew introducing Pitch@Palace – an initiative created by his charitable trust to guide, help and connect entrepreneurs with influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Insightful talks and panel discussions followed, touching on topics such as augmented reality, chatbots and even digital love and relationships. Each talk…

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Innovative Financing Instruments: A Better Alternative?

By | Documentation, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge

As discussed in The New World Order of Innovative Financing, investors are increasingly opting to invest into companies in advance of formal funding rounds (including seed rounds). In the UK, these investments are usually made through convertible loan notes or advanced subscription agreements (known as ASAs). In the US similar instruments like Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) by Y Combinator and Keep It Simple Security (KISS) from 500 Startups have seen increased usage. In this post, we’re look at the advantages and disadvantages of these instruments from the both the investor and company perspectives. We’ll also look at what…

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How To Prepare For Data Compliance In 12 Easy Steps

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Investor and VC News, Knowledge

In May 2018, the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which was created to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals in the European Union. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is responsible for the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information in the UK. The ICO recommends 12 steps businesses should take before May 2018 in order to help businesses prepare for compliance with the GDPR in 2018. Awareness: Inform all decision makers in your organisation that the law is changing and the GDPR will be effective in May 2018. Information audit: Document where all personal data is derived…

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