Information Technology and Intellectual Property

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Dickinson Dees' first-class IP team was boosted by the addition of commercial head Andrew Scott from Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, whose expertise includes complex IT outsourcing agreements. Mark Pearce heads the two-partner practice, which acts for clients ranging from biotech companies to blue-chip plcs. In 2005, standout instructions included advising Excelsyn Molecular Developments on the acquisition of a patent portfolio from Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, and advising new client Newcastle United on trade mark and copyright matters, including IP disputes, commercial IP agreements, anti-counterfeiting and international trade mark portfolio management. Other clients include Nike, Arriva and JCB.

Ward Hadaway still fields a quality team after the departure of Niall Head-Rapson and Bob Elliott. Alex Shiel heads the IP/IT team and is highly rated for his handling of both public and private sector work, with clients ranging from start-ups to plcs. Clients love ex-in-house lawyer Tim Toomey, who has a wealth of knowledge of the IT industry, while Judy Baker focuses on data protection and freedom of information matters. Major clients include the University of Newcastle and the University of Teesside.

The Newcastle office of Eversheds LLP lost an experienced practitioner in contentious IP with the departure of Elizabeth Speed. Paula Barrett leads the IT team, while Janet Knowles heads on the IP side. Key clients include the Department of Health and the University of Newcastle. Standout instructions include undertaking a strategic review of Nissan's suite of IT procurement documents and advising Newcastle International Airport on procurement of check-in kiosks.

Gill Hunter heads Robert Muckle LLP's IP team, which has a well-rounded practice for all aspects of advisory IT work. Alex Craig has particular expertise in portfolio management and exploitation. The firm was the lead adviser on all IT and e-business for the regional development agency's internet portal subsidiary. …