Lewis Silkin works with some of the most dynamic and innovative technology companies in the world.
We have a specialist technology sector group and a wealth of experience in technology disputes (and pre-empting them where possible). We provide down-to-earth, commercial and cost-effective advice to resolve disputes by litigation, arbitration, negotiation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Our clients range from entrepreneurs, start-up companies and their financiers and investors, to large multi-nationals and internationally-known technology companies. The disputes we handle cover all areas of expertise in our technology sector group.
Service of a claim form on an agent - was it valid?22 June 2017
In a recent case the High Court considered as a preliminary issue whether a claimant had validly served a claim form on what they considered was the agent of the claimant. The rules of service require that the defendant must be served at the place within the jurisdiction where it conducts business, or where it carries on its activities and which has a real connection with the claim. Therefore the question here was whether the agent’s office was a place at which the defendant conducted its business, or where it carried on its activities?
Servicing trade mark infringement22 June 2017
The use of a third party trademark to provide information or describe a service being offered does not necessarily constitute trademark infringement. Where the use of a trademark goes beyond that and creates an impression in the average consumer that the particular serviced is authorised by the trademark owner, this will constitute an infringement.
Putting a squeeze on patent licences20 June 2017
The recent case of Chugai Pharmaceutical Co Ltd v UCB Pharma SA & Celltech R&D Ltd  EWHC 216 (Pat)
Mediation14 June 2017
Mediation is a common method of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’). It is a consensual process, with any settlement having to be agreed by both parties.
Disclosure: avoiding the pitfalls22 May 2017
This guide provides you with a general introduction to the obligations of disclosure in Court proceedings. The rules governing disclosure are found in the Civil Procedure Rules Part 31 and the surrounding case law. This guide will highlight the main points you need to know, consider the problems often encountered and offer some practical tips.
Jurisdiction Challenges22 May 2017
Where a claim is litigated can be very important. This inbrief provides you with a guide on how to challenge the jurisdiction of the English courts if a claim is started here. We also highlight the steps that can be taken in England if a claim is commenced elsewhere, even though you believe it should be litigated or arbitrated in England.
Advocate General’s Opinion – Uber provides a transport service not an information society service11 May 2017
The Advocate General states the Uber is providing a transport service and it not acting as an electronic intermediary and providing an information society service. Uber therefore should have to comply with local laws for the licensing of taxi operators
Preparing to issue proceedings26 April 2017
This note provides general guidance on the steps to consider prior to embarking on litigation. There are a number of practical considerations that should be taken into account. The civil justice system in England expects parties to take a certain number of steps before issuing proceedings. This guide runs through these matters in outline.