Software & Data – Playing to your IP strengths

In this session, we will look at:

-       Intellectual property protection in software & data

  • Software is typically protected under intellectual property laws through copyright. Data may also qualify for standalone database right protection. What should you be doing to best protect these assets?

-       Open source software & “Proprietary” software

  • OSS is commonly used, whether for development tools, as plug-in enhancements or to create additional features or workarounds within product suites. This is an increasing focus in IP due diligence for investment or other purposes.  We’ll discuss the different types of open source licences and their implications.

 - Licensing and the importance of contracts

  • With unregistered intellectual property rights, which typically protect rights in software & data, it is extremely important to get the contract terms surrounding IP correct. We’ll discuss some tips for this,  particularly if the IP will evolve over the course of providing services (as with AI tools) or if additional datasets are being created or enhanced.


Joanne Vengadesan

Joanne is a commercial lawyer, specialising in technology transactions and data protection. Her work encompasses structuring and negotiating contracts for complex technology projects, IT agreements, licence agreements and e-commerce. Joanne has particular expertise in the electric vehicle sector, where she has been assisting a client on its contracts with key partners in relation to electric vehicle charge point infrastructure. As an expert in data protection laws, she has advised numerous clients on data protection compliance under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Joanne is recommended by independent legal directories Chambers and The Legal 500 for her commercial, information technology and intellectual property work. She has been described in these directories as 'smart, approachable, responsive and easy to work with', 'an excellent negotiator' and 'professional, pragmatic and knowledgeable'. She is also a recommended expert for data protection and IT in Who's Who Legal 2019.

Joanne is the co-chair of the intellectual property and technology specialist group of leading international law firm network Multilaw. She also served as the chancellor of the Multilaw Academy for 10 years (an Academy that trains lawyers from around the world on cross-border negotiations and disputes).

Joanne co-chairs the Data Protection Committee for global technology law association iTechLaw.

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