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Commercial Contracts 22 - Confidentiality provisions and trade secrets

Commercial Contracts 22 - Confidentiality provisions and trade secrets

May 19, 2022

Episode 3 of our Commercial Contracts 22 podcast focuses on intellectual property and updating your T&Cs confidential information and trade secrets.

Beverley Flynn, head of Stevens & Bolton’s commercial and technology team is joined by our head of IP, Tom Lingard who provide practical tips on how to update and improve your standard terms and conditions, master services agreements, outsourcing arrangements and contractual terms. This episode includes:

  • Drafting confidentiality clauses and agreements that work
  • The risks of relying on NDAs and the interaction of confidentiality, restrictive covenants and other protective clauses
  • Practical steps for protecting trade secrets
The S&B People Podcast: The hybrid hangover

The S&B People Podcast: The hybrid hangover

April 27, 2022

S&B’s People Podcast is a series of bite-sized podcasts aimed at busy HR professionals and employers.

Your business may have embraced hybrid working but what hang-over issues has this left you with? Have you thought about proximity bias and the risk of discriminating against employees choosing to work from home? What about employees who refuse to come into the office the week before their holiday? Do you really know how employees dispose of confidential information at home?  Employment law experts, Hannah Ford and Emily Hocken discuss here.

Do you have any themes or topics that you would like us to discuss? We would love to hear from you here.

Commercial Contracts 22 - Limits on liability

Commercial Contracts 22 - Limits on liability

April 19, 2022

Welcome to Commercial Contracts 22, a podcast from the commercial and technology team at Stevens & Bolton. In this series we will be providing practical tips on how to update and improve your standard terms and conditions, master services agreements (MSAs), outsourcing arrangements and contractual terms. We will be talking with specialists from various areas across the firm gaining insight on how new developments in the law may impact on your terms and conditions.

In episode two Beverley Flynn, head of Stevens & Bolton’s commercial and technology team is joined by commercial law expert, Beverley Whittaker to discuss limits on liability. This episode includes:

  • a discussion of the importance of limits on liability in supply terms and why they can be tricky
  • key points for suppliers in B2B transactions
  • tips for purchasers considering supplier terms or their own procurement terms
Commercial Contracts 22 - Force majeure

Commercial Contracts 22 - Force majeure

March 29, 2022

Welcome to Commercial Contracts 22, a podcast from the commercial and technology team at Stevens & Bolton. In this series we will be providing practical tips on how to update and improve your standard terms and conditions, master services agreements (MSAs), outsourcing arrangements and contractual terms. We will be talking with specialists from various areas across the firm gaining insight on how new developments in the law may impact on your terms and conditions.

 In this first episode on force majeure we cover:

  • What is intended by the term force majeure
  • Some key issues when defining force majeure
  • Tips on issues that can arise when dealing with force majeure clauses
The S&B People Podcast - Post-pandemic compensation strategies

The S&B People Podcast - Post-pandemic compensation strategies

February 23, 2022

S&B’s People Podcast is a series of bite-sized podcasts aimed at busy HR professionals and employers.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has fundamentally changed the UK workplace and accelerated new working practices. Has your business’s remuneration model kept pace with change? How can your compensation strategy capitalise on the opportunities presented by the new landscape? Employment law experts, Sarah Taylor and Rebecca Berry discuss in this episode.

Meeting Room 7 - The patent licensing podcast - Should I be worried about…?

Meeting Room 7 - The patent licensing podcast - Should I be worried about…?

February 9, 2022

Episode 8 of our patent licensing podcast from Meeting Room 7, the final episode in this series, answers the question “Should I be worried about…?” in relation to some of the key issues that underpin important licensing provisions.

Charlotte Tillett, head of Stevens & Bolton’s life sciences group, is joined by Professional Support Lawyer Astrid Arnold and Associate Melissa Turner to discuss some thorny issues and their implications on patent and knowhow licensing agreements. The episode includes:

  • The Unified Patent Court – a brief update on the status of the UPC, why it is still relevant to the UK, and issues to be considered for the terms of a patent licence agreement
  • An exclusive licensee’s standing to sue under an agreement - how an exclusive licensee can protect its position particularly in light of the recent Neurim case
  • Brexit – key provisions to cover in an agreement and important points on enforcement mechanisms post-Brexit
  • The Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation – its status in the UK, and the points you need to know on improvements and no challenge provisions
Meeting Room 7 - The patent licensing podcast - Warranties, liabilities and indemnities

Meeting Room 7 - The patent licensing podcast - Warranties, liabilities and indemnities

January 25, 2022

Episode 7 of our patent licensing podcast from Meeting Room 7 focuses on warranties, liabilities and indemnities. 

Charlotte Tillett, head of Stevens & Bolton’s life sciences group, is joined by Senior Associate Tom Collins and Partner Gustaf Duhs (as a special guest from our commercial and regulatory team) to discuss what needs to be considered - by both the licensor and licensee - when it comes to negotiating warranties, indemnities and liability provisions. The episode includes:

  • An overview of warranties, indemnities and liabilities and the interaction between these provisions in licence agreements
  • The typical types of warranties and indemnities that a licensor and licensee would expect to see in agreements of this nature, with a particular focus in the life sciences sector
  • A discussion on the different ways in which a party may seek to limit its liability to the other party in a licence agreement
  • How to tackle thorny issues such as caps on liability and negotiating a compromise position to strike a commercial deal
Meeting Room 7 – Patent licensing – Disputes part 2

Meeting Room 7 – Patent licensing – Disputes part 2

January 12, 2022

Episode 6 of our patent licensing podcast from Meeting Room 7 focuses on disputes.

Charlotte Tillett, head of Stevens & Bolton’s life sciences group, is joined by Head of IP Tom Lingard and dispute resolution partner Catherine Penny to discuss the practical aspects of disputes that might arise from patent and know how licensing agreements. Following on from the last episode, Disputes: Part 1, in which we covered the key provisions in an agreement required to properly address potential disputes, part 2 looks at the procedure, strategy and tactics.

 The episode includes:

  • Pre-action considerations and what to do when issues first arise
  • Tactics
  • Settlement opportunities
  • The enforcement of a judgment or arbitral award
The S&B People Podcast - War for talent

The S&B People Podcast - War for talent

January 5, 2022

S&B’s People Podcast is a series of bite-sized podcasts aimed at busy HR professionals and employers.

Our topic for January is the UK’s War for Talent. As we enter 2022, the challenge of recruiting and retaining talent is greater than ever - what tactics, terms and benefits are most effective at winning the battle? What innovations have we seen to give businesses the edge? Employment law experts, Hannah Ford and Frances Rollin discuss here.

Do you have any themes or topics that you would like us to discuss? We would love to hear from you.

Meeting Room 7 - The patent licensing podcast - Disputes part 1

Meeting Room 7 - The patent licensing podcast - Disputes part 1

December 15, 2021

Episode 5 of our patent licensing podcast from Meeting Room 7 focuses on disputes.

Charlotte Tillett, head of Stevens & Bolton’s life sciences group, is joined by Senior Associate Tom Collins and dispute resolution partner Catherine Penny to discuss drafting patent licence agreements in preparation for dispute. Looking at the key provisions that are needed in an agreement to properly address potential disputes, they explain the different types of provisions and the nuances involved, discussing topics including governing law, jurisdiction, dispute resolution mechanisms and enforcement.

The episode includes:

  • The meaning and impact of governing law and jurisdiction clauses, and the implications of a non-exclusive jurisdiction clause
  • What makes a good governing law choice for an international patent licence
  • Key differences between arbitration and litigation, and the advantages arbitration can bring in this type of dispute
  • Alternative dispute resolution and tiered dispute resolution mechanisms