Connected technology

From smart devices in our homes to technology transforming our industries, the ever-expanding web of connected devices is harnessing the power of 5G to shape the future, now. This brave new world brings novel opportunities and different challenges to navigate.

What we do

Connectivity is transforming the landscapes of automotive, energy, infrastructure, manufacturing, finance, health and more. Our lawyers have adapted to meet the legal challenges of this connected world, combining expertise in wireless communications with in-depth sector knowledge to help drive new strategies and maximise opportunity.

The true connectivity facilitated by 5G can only be fully harnessed through collaborations with new partners – within your industry, with telco and technology specialists or between different connected industries. Our lawyers bring deep expertise in diverse and complex collaboration models, helping to protect your position further downstream.

We don’t just provide clear, relevant advice, but strive to understand your technology, building on our understanding of connectivity of devices, 5G infrastructure and international communications standards.

How we do it

With deep experience in wireless communications, we’ll help you navigate technical standards, rights to standard essential patents, FRAND licensing models and competition law. And since our litigation specialists have worked on some of the largest patent cases in the UK in the field of wireless technology, we can provide market-leading insight on litigation or arbitration strategies, whether you are enforcing your rights or defending assertions against you.

Our lawyers advise on a broad spectrum of issues across connected technologies such as smart energy and infrastructure, CAV, e-health and digital manufacturing, including:

  • Collaboration agreements
  • Development and commercialisation strategies
  • 5G infrastructure projects
  • Data and privacy issues
  • IP transactions, licensing and ownership
  • Technical standards and standard setting organisations’ IPR policy
  • FRAND licensing requirements and framework
  • ‘Standard essential’ patent litigation

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