Brodies’ Technology and Outsourcing team is holding a number of free seminars at our offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow as part of Brodies’ Spring 2013 seminar program.

Details of the seminars are set out below:

Brand Protection in the New Internet Landrush
With nearly 2,000 generic top level domain names and a new rights protection mechanism soon to be launched it is more important than ever for all businesses and organisations to take action to secure, manage and fully exploit their brands on-line. The web is rapidly developing and changing, with new threats and opportunities from social media, web 2.0 and mobile technologies presenting themselves. Domain names and other Internet signposts can provide huge opportunities and be key to the successful promotion and development of a brand and product range.

However they are also vulnerable to hijacking by competitors or scammers to divert business, commit fraud or badmouth your products. If unchecked, loss of trade, dilution of brands and serious damage to reputation can result.

This seminar will provide practical insights into current and predicted issues surrounding domain names and branding and provide businesses with valuable guidance on how best to deal with such opportunities and challenges. This will be a combined presentation from domain name management specialists and our intellectual property team.

Speakers:
Gill Grassie, Partner, Litigation, Business Disputes and Asset Recovery
Robert Buchan, Partner, Litigation, Business Disputes and Asset Recovery
Tim Brown, Director of Equity Services at Demys

Audience:
Those responsible for on line issues/domain management within businesses

Venues and dates
Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 April 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Glasgow: Thursday 16 May 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

How insolvency can impact upon your brand and intellectual property rights
A strong brand can be vital to commercial success and intellectual property (IP) can be the most valuable assets that may be sold or licensed on in an insolvency. The impact of actual or threatened insolvency or financial instability on IP are not always considered or only as an afterthought, which can have large reputational and commercial impact.

Our specialist Insolvency and IP lawyers will provide practical guidance on key issues that should be considered to protect IP as far as possible from insolvency and help to ensure that such key assets are fully protected or at least sold for full value in the event of an insolvency. We will address how assets can be protected, how to minimise operational impact on the business through continuity of licence agreements and commercial or supply contracts, valuation of IP and how to place yourself in the best position to recover debts in an insolvency situation?

Speakers:
Gill Grassie, Partner, Litigation, Business Disputes and Asset Recovery
Robert Buchan, Partner, Litigation, Business Disputes and Asset Recovery
Rachel Grant, Partner, Litigation, Brodies LLP
Joanna Clark, Associate, Litigation, Brodies LLP

Audience:
All businesses and those working in the insolvency sector including Insolvency Practioners and accountants
In-House Counsel

Venues and dates:
Aberdeen: Tuesday 11 June 2013, 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Edinburgh: Thursday 20 June 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Glasgow: Tuesday 4 June 2013, 5:30pm to 7:00pm

To register for any of the seminars, or to be one of the first to find out about our spring seminar programme when it launches please follow this link.

If there is a particular topic that you would like to see us cover, or are interested in bespoke training for your organisations on any of the issues we cover here on Brodies TechBlog then please contact Martin Sloan or your usual Brodies contact.

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