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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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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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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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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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The Ultimate Brexit Intellectual Property Tip List

By | Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Intellectual Property, Partner Insight

It’s highly likely that Brexit will affect the value of many UK businesses’ Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) portfolios. But in the Brexit era, JAG Shaw Baker’s Intellectual Property team put together ten insider tips for you to consider if you’re concerned about your IPR. You should always check with your lawyer to be sure your IPR are up-to-date with the most recent regulations. The Ultimate Brexit Intellectual Property Tip List Take a look at the extent to which your business relies on pan-EU IP rights. It’s important to consider EU rights such as EU trademarks and registered and unregistered community designs. Are these protected…

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Cross Border M&A Success

By | Biotech, Client news, Knowledge, Life Sciences, M&A

In Life Science news, Akarna Therapeutics Ltd. was acquired by Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) for an upfront cash payment of $50 million. JAG Shaw Baker acted on behalf of New Science Ventures LLC, a New York venture capital fund that invests in novel scientific approaches. New Science Ventures was one of the selling shareholders alongside Third Point Ventures and Forbion Capital Partners. Akarna Therapeutics is a UK company with offices in Cambridge, UK and San Diego, California. Akarna Therapeutic’s lead product candidate (AKN-083) is considered an effective and novel treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other liver diseases. An M&A…

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New IP Associate Joins Firm

By | Brand, Intellectual Property, People

Anna Farmer joins the intellectual property (IP) team at JAG Shaw Baker from Maclay Murray & Spens LLP where she was a trainee solicitor for two years. Anna will focus on contentious and non-contentious IP matters. This includes trademark and patent matters as well as data protection, cyber-squatting, licensing, technology, copyright and database and design rights. On being a lawyer When talking about being an IP lawyer, Anna says the complexity of IP and technology today, intertwined with the types of clients JAG Shaw Baker works with, is what inspires her as a lawyer. Anna is a graduate of Durham University…

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The Effect Of Brexit On Venture Investing

By | Brand, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Knowledge, Partner Insight

The Brexit Referendum has come and gone but has left a legacy of conversation and debate in the UK and around the world. From education and trade issues to tourism and technology, Brexit has been talked about a great deal (probably too much!) over the last two weeks. As a law firm at the heart of the UK’s thriving technology and life science sectors, we have experienced firsthand the concerns of entrepreneurs and investors alike. We wanted to candidly share our views on what we’re seeing as effects of Brexit vote – and what we therefore might expect to see – in…

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In The News: James Shaw Talks to Drugs & Dealers Magazine

By | Brand, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Partner Insight

For the last 15 or 16 years I have been spinning life science companies out of academic institutions and one of the biggest challenges I saw 15 years ago and I still see now is funding the early stage companies on spin-out — James Shaw In the May issue of Biotech & Money’s Drugs & Dealers magazine, our co-founder James Shaw talked to the magazine about the state of the fundraising market in the UK and the firm’s role as one of the leading legal advisers in this sector. Here are some great excerpts from the article: Drugs & Dealers: Perhaps you could…

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