Our technology focus
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New and emerging Adtech solutions have revolutionized the advertising industry. Adtech is booming and while it offers huge opportunities, there are equally significant risks. Every day the technology continues to evolve creating more sophisticated and complex issues on both sides of the equation. That’s where we come in.
With one of the most highly-regarded data protection practices in the world, together with our market-leading technology and advertising practices, Adtech - which incorporates aspects of all three areas - sits at the very centre of Bristows’ expertise.
We have a broad range of experience across the whole sector. From publishers to SSPs, DSPs to big brands and from some of the biggest names in the industry to innovative and disruptive new players, our experience includes:
- Advising a leading social media platform on a range of Adtech related issues, in relation to transparency, consent, data subject rights and accountability, as well as advising it in relation to a regulatory investigation into its Adtech practices
- Advising a leading search engine in connection with its suite of Adtech products and services, taking into account the GDPR, ePrivacy laws and its regulatory compliance program.
- Advising one of the world’s largest advertising groups regarding regulatory compliance, data privacy and commercial agreements for the provision of agency Adtech and media buying services
- Advising one of the world’s largest media and entertainment groups on a range of Adtech issues including on its arrangements with key vendors, consent practices in relation to cookies and mobile tracking and the implementation of the IAB’s Transparency and Consent Framework (TCF) across its properties
AI & Robotics
Artificial intelligence has a lot to offer nearly every sector. To help our clients harness the promise of AI, we offer experienced legal insight backed by an usually deep understanding of the science that underpins these ground-breaking tools. Software engineering, data science? Definitely our thing.
Many of our clients – from large tech and pharma companies to new market entrants – are either already using software and services powered by machine learning and other artificial intelligence techniques or are planning to in the near future. We help them progress their projects to develop, procure, implement and/or use AI.
Our corporate and commercial work includes intellectual property and data protection advice in relation to training datasets, drafting bespoke contracts for the licensing (in and out) of machine learning models and their outputs, as well as strategic advice on how to structure AI-focussed collaborations and partnerships. In the digital health space we have a particular focus on the legal aspects of how to develop and deploy AI tools effectively when using medical and patient data.
Here are just a few examples of our work:
- Advising a life sciences technology company specialising in data analytics on a strategic alliance with a hardware manufacturer to develop machine learning-enabled solutions for diabetes-related eye disease
- Advising a technology company on various aspects of a partnership with a leading university and a genetic biodata company. The project involved the application of machine learning technology to patient data in order to train algorithms to identify patients with high risk diseases.
- Creating SaaS contract templates for a top tier technology consultancy for a new machine learning products and services which are trained on their client’s datasets
We love data. We seriously love it. Data affects every one of our clients and we’ve made it our job to provide them with expert-informed advice on a huge range of data issues. Our recommendations are always rooted in pragmatism and what will actually work for their business.
Our clients share common concerns and face similar challenges when it comes to data and complying with their legal obligations. Changes in legislation, evolving enforcement regimes and the ever-present threat of potential cyber breaches can make the management of data a tricky business.
Fortunately this is our business.
With one of the biggest and most well-known teams in Europe, Bristows is the go-to firm for data. We offer unrivalled expertise as demonstrated by the breadth of our experience, including:
- Developing practical and proportionate compliance programmes for organisations, large and small with considerable expertise in building GDPR programmes.
- Helping companies ensure that specific technology-based products and services meet legal requirements at all stages of development. We have an impressive understanding of how technology works at a data level and are regularly asked to advise on issues such as AI and machine learning, adtech, facial recognition, digital health, app development and cloud computing.
- Advising on international data transfers and ensuring internal and external data flows are lawful.
- Helping clients understand data subjects’ rights and how to comply effectively and efficiently to requests.
- Helping when things go wrong - assisting with the immediate response and containment of a security incident, notifying authorities and any follow-on litigation.
- Advising on ongoing risk management, including embedding incident reporting and breach management within an organisation’s wider compliance processes.
Increasingly, our clients are also looking for ways to unlock the value of data. We help them navigate the issues and challenges that arise - such as access, sharing, usability, interoperability, and security – and develop strategies that are effective, responsible and compliant.
Our collaborative approach includes lawyers from our intellectual property, IT, commercial, competition, regulatory and litigation teams.
The convergence between healthcare and technology is a very exciting area for us. With our market-leading life sciences and technology practices, we are always at the forefront of developments where digital technology and healthcare come together. No one knows this space quite like we do.
We advise a wide range of healthtech clients, from high-growth disruptive businesses to large multinational organisations. We help our clients achieve the business objectives for their healthtech projects and manage and mitigate risks at every stage.
Our expert teams work closely together to deliver holistic advice across a range of issues:
- Health regulatory: navigating regulatory challenges that are unique to digital health
- Data protection and privacy: specialised sector-specific advice, including NHS-specific issues
- Technology contracting: negotiating the arrangements that underpin healthtech supply chains
- Licencing and collaboration: allocating risks fairly, protecting existing IP, securing rights needed in future
- IP protection and enforcement: aligning healthtech solutions with the broader IP strategy
- Consumer protection, brands and advertising: ensuring advertising achieves the right balance between compelling and compliant
- Corporate and financing: negotiating innovative equity structures
- Procurement and competition: dealing with public/private partnerships
- AI and machine learning: monitoring the developing law in this area
We do what we love. For many of us that’s technology, whether experimenting with a VR headset, building our own Bluetooth headphones or gaming in the evening. Our techy zeal combined with top tier legal expertise means we are the first-choice for players across the interactive entertainment sector.
We have been at the forefront of developments all things technology ever since we started and the ever-evolving world of interactive entertainment has been part of that rich history.
We specialise in intellectual property, data, media and digital technology, amongst other things, and our clients include everyone from small indie developers to multi-national publishers of ‘traditional’ games, as well as esports organisations, communications platforms and newer non-traditional companies exploring the limits of virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile gaming.
What we should also probably tell you:
- Our data protection team provides guidance on compliance with the GDPR including issues pertinent to the sector such as children’s consent, privacy policies and data transfers. We also have significant expertise in gambling law, which is becoming more relevant to the sector.
- We assist with both brand protection and technology disputes. Our Brands, Designs and Copyright team manages our clients’ trade mark portfolio, copyright and design protection, and enforcement of online infringements. Our Commercial and Technology Disputes team advises regularly on licensing and sponsorship contract disputes and copyright infringements relating to software development, and has acted in leading cases concerning the provision of infringing cheat and bot technology.
- Our Competition team frequently advises on the kinds of competition law issues that can arise in the distribution and licensing agreements used across the sector, and is experienced in dealing with UK and EU regulators, whether acting for platforms or publishers.
- We have one of the largest teams of technology specialists around, but remain of a size and culture that encourages co-operation and interdisciplinary working. Not only do our clients have access to the best expertise for any particular matter, but we can assemble in a heartbeat a diverse team with the necessary mix of expertise for any project.