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Liability Rules And Ethical Standards For Artificial Intelligence

By | Artificial Intelligence, Current Affairs, Data & Privacy, Intellectual Property

EU told to lead the way on liability rules and ethical standards for Artificial Intelligence  Artificial Intelligence (AI) is constantly evolving and continues to roll into all facets of industry – from neural networks that connect recycling systems to sort recycling better to AI that makes self-driving cars safer or teaches machines to do more with less. As AI becomes more commercialised, it reveals the complexities around allocating risk and liability for the autonomous actions of AI. Existing EU laws governing liability are largely stable where human input is prevalent in the machine-decision making process. Consider a human instructing Siri…

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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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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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