Technology Academy Spring 2016


May 16, Cambridge | May 17, Thames Valley | May 18, London

Strategic Insights for Businesses and In-house Counsel

Norton Rose Fulbright will be holding four half-day Technology Academies in Cambridge, the Thames Valley and London in May 2016. Each Technology Academy will cover a range of business and legal issues of relevance to companies in the technology sector.

This event will be of particular interest and benefit to legal and commercial teams of both public and private technology companies, as well as investors in the technology sector. The conference will provide attendees with informative, interactive sessions and the opportunity to engage with leading technology peers and lawyers.

Delegates are welcome to attend the Technology Academy on the date / location that is most convenient for them.


8.30 – 9.00 Registration and breakfast
9.00 – 9.45

Brexit and Technology Businesses

Brexit raises many issues for technology businesses.  Our commercial and technology lawyers will consider the following questions:

  • What are the potential contractual implications for existing and new contracts?
  • What are the data protection implications?
  • What steps would need to be taken to protect patents, trade marks, registered designs and other intellectual property rights in the absence of an EU level regime?
  • Would UK implementations of EU laws regulating online sale of goods and services to consumers change?
  • Would TUPE remain in place, and what steps would outsourcing suppliers need to take if it were to change?
  • Would UK consumers continue to benefit from harmonisation of the European telecoms market, such as the abolition of roaming charges?
9.45 – 10.30

Recent Developments in Intellectual Property Law

There have been a number of recent judgments and changes in intellectual property law that will impact upon technology businesses.  Among other things, our IP lawyers will consider:

  • Patent law developments: the new Unified Patent Court system and cases on standard essential patents
  • Recent case law on infringement of copyright in software and database rights
  • Changes in trade mark law
  • Judicial guidance on limits to registered design rights
10.30 – 10.45 Tea and Coffee
10.45 – 11.30

The New General Data Protection Regulation and Privacy Shield: What Technology Businesses Need to do Now

The text of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (politically agreed on 15 December 2015) will finally come into force in Q2 this year, and it is vital for technology businesses to consider the necessary steps to achieve compliance.
In this session our data privacy lawyers will outline the steps that technology businesses should be taking now to prepare for the EU General Data Protection Regulation and how to deal with transfers of personal data to the US, including:

  • Planning, prioritising and starting  to implement the long tail steps necessary to be compliant by the beginning of Q3 2018 (when the Regulation will apply)
  • Impact on contractual arrangements between data controllers and data processors
11.30 – 12.00

Coming to Grips with Tax and Technology

Technology businesses cannot afford to ignore changes in the international tax environment.  Our tax lawyers will explain in clear and simple terms what technology businesses need to know in terms of the changing environment, with a particular focus on:

  • Permanent establishments
  • Transfer pricing
  • Withholding tax
  • Other forms of profit shifting
12.00 – 12.45

Managing Employee-related Risk in Technology Businesses

Human capital is a key asset for technology businesses, but all too often this form of business asset (and the accompanying intellectual capital) is not adequately secured.  The loss of core technology personnel can put into jeopardy key development projects and client relationships.

In this session our employment lawyers will examine current best industry practice in the technology sector in relation to:

  • Restrictive covenants and other safeguards to reduce the risk of loss of core teams
  • Positive retention mechanisms
  • Compliance and training best practice
12.45 Networking and lunch


Cambridge: Monday, May 16
St John's Innovation Centre
Cowley Road

Thames Valley: Tuesday, May 17
Hilton Reading
Drake Way

London: Wednesday, May 18
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
3 More London Riverside
United Kingdom


There is no charge to attend, however places at this event are limited.

To secure a place for yourself or a colleague please complete the registration form.

For more information please contact our events team.


Sean Murphy

Sean Murphy