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Technology disputes



Our IT team has experience of advising on a broad range of disputes including "troubled projects", outsourcing disputes, excess use claims, database licensing, breaches of service level agreements and contracts to supply IT equipment or services and the eviction of cyber squatters. We also advise in relation to on-line defamation issues.

Life sciences 

We work with many clients in the bio/pharma field, ranging from university spin-outs to multi-national corporations. The disputes we advise on typically revolve around the development, use, exploitation and ownership of the valuable rights relating to a range of products from pharmaceuticals to diagnostics and medical devices.


We have a strong track record of resolving IP contract related disputes, many of them arising from licensing arrangements and their termination. We also advise on copyright, trade mark, confidential information and anti-counterfeiting matters, often relating to highly technical products and services.

We have acted for:

  • An international business analytics software provider in an action before the High Court and European Court of Justice. The case centred on claims for copyright infringement under both national legislation and the European Software Directive and for breach of software licence provisions
  • A bio-pharma company in claims for over £300 million for failure to develop a novel blood product
  • A multi-national IT services company in claims arising from the delivery and implementation of a new computer system
  • An Anglo-US group in a technology licence dispute involving multi-million dollar claims and jurisdictional issues
  • A California bio-tech company in litigation over a patent licence agreement
  • A university and technology company in relation to disputes arising under their revenue sharing agreements
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