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European Commission Looks At EU-Wide Civil Law Rules On Robotics And Artificial Intelligence

By | Artificial Intelligence, Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, European Commission, Intellectual Property, Knowledge, Robots

EU told to lead the way on liability rules and ethical standards for Artificial Intelligence. The  European Commission delivers its initial response. In our blog last month, we looked at the Member of the European Parliaments’ (MEPs’) request for the European Commission to lead the way on developing EU-wide liability rules and ethical standards to deal with artificial intelligence. The EU Commission has now issued a response which identifies the need for legal certainty and the legal challenges it faces in identifying where liability should fall amongst the different market players. EU Commission response on liability  The EU Commission wants to capitalise on…

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How To Commercialise Life Sciences: Focus On The Basics

By | Biotech, Current Affairs, Guest Posts, Knowledge, Life Sciences

Life sciences research can translate into solutions, products and companies that provide significant benefit to both society and the economy. Today’s dynamic ecosystem presents tremendous opportunities for life sciences innovators given technological advances and rapidly changing market realities. Although the environment for commercialisation has changed dramatically over the last few decades, the basic principles of making it a success remain the same. A commercialisation plan enables innovators to set out and communicate their strategy to others. It should offer a clear and concise overview of the technology’s market potential and the planned route to commercialisation. It should also illustrate how…

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Elasmogen Inks Research Agreement To Develop New Class Of Therapeutics

By | Biotech, Client news, Knowledge, Life Sciences, Startups

Congratulations to our client Elasmogen! Elasmogen, a spin-out from Aberdeen University, alongside Canada based Feldan Therapeutics, have announced a research agreement with Amgen to develop and deliver novel intracellular biologics. The collaboration combines the unique capabilities of Feldan’s Shuttle platform and Elasmogen’s soloMER™ technology to develop the delivery system and binding domains for two undisclosed intracellular targets for Amgen. Elasmogen develops new medicines based on antibody-like molecules isolated from sharks, called VNARs (variable new-antigen receptors). VNARs are found in sharks as part of their immune system and have a similar protective role to antibodies present in the human body. The…

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The Ins and Outs of Clinical Trials – Termination

By | Biotech, Knowledge, Life Sciences

Clinical trials are costly, involve numerous parties and depending on the phase of the trial, are a lengthy process. Although it’s unpleasant to talk about how to end a relationship before it’s even begun, a frank and complete discussion at the outset on how a contract is to be terminated amicably will benefit all parties involved. In this post, we’ll address a termination provision that a sponsor, typically a pharmaceutical company, can exercise and negotiate. Such provision is particular to a clinical trial agreement and which can be challenging to negotiate with other parties to the agreement, i.e. the institution…

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Fake News And Its Impact On Tech Companies

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Fake News, Knowledge, Safe Harbours

Recently, there have been rising concerns that the public is being deceived by the unprecedented dissemination of fake news on the internet and on social media, in particular. The term fake news is a fluid concept but is generally understood to refer to fictitious reports designed to deliberately deceive readers in order to maximise internet traffic and profit. The term gained particular traction during the 2016 US presidential election following claims of harm to democratic process. Some people are taking the fight against fake news on themselves. The Fake News Challenge is a global grassroots effort of more than 100…

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Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online – Part 2

By | Domain names, Intellectual Property, Knowledge

In the last blog post on Domain Names And Protecting Your Brand Online, we looked at the importance of brand protection online. This post focuses on what a company can do to protect its brand against infringers and cybersquatters. Domain name infringement has strong ties with trade mark infringement. But the beauty of domain name disputes is that they don’t have to be dealt with in court. For example, disputes relating to infringing .uk domain names are submitted to Nominet. The costs are low in comparison with other legal disputes and can be as little as £200. And, disputes relating…

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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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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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