#WMTechTalk webinar series
Welcome to our #WMTechTalk. Hosted by our Technology & Digital Team this series of webinars tackles some of the crucial tech and legal issues our clients encounter in relation to the development, implementation and operation of technically innovative services and products and artificial intelligence (AI). For ideas on future webinar please contact one of our specialists below.
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Avoiding/Managing disputes in tech contracts
28 April 2021, 12.00pm – 1.00pm (GMT)
All disputes can be challenging and disruptive for businesses, but disputes in Tech contracts can be particularly problematic for both the supplier and customer.
There are many reasons for this, but a misunderstanding around functionality of the technology product is a key cause. Customers are often buying solutions that either have too much or too little functionality for their needs.
Licensing models and metrics for large solutions are often complicated and hard to understand. It is very common for businesses to find themselves under licensed on key systems and this may only be picked up on an audit after many years of use.
Cloud solutions bring their own challenges with complex virtual infrastructure and concerns around integrity of data.
In this Webinar, the Walker Morris Technology and Digital team will look at key clauses in technology contracts that are important both to avoid a dispute and if a dispute arises. They will talk through the best ways to protect a party’s position in the event of a dispute, and give some guidance for under licensing claims.
The Walker Morris team will give you their top tips for avoiding and managing disputes effectively and there will be lots of time for questions
Louise Norbury-Robinson, Senior Associate, Commercial Dispute Resolution
Luke Jackson, Senior Associate, Commercial
Monitoring employees at home
We had already seen an increase in the number of employees working from home, but that has accelerated as a result of the Pandemic. Many employers are asking themselves, “what are my responsibilities for employees whilst working from home from a health and safety perspective?”, “Can I monitor their working practices whilst at home?” and, “Can I force them to come into the office for certain meetings or on certain days?”. Members of our HR and Data teams considered these and related issues in this webinar.
Intellectual property rights and AI – who owns the clever data?
Intellectual Property law inevitably lags behind the pace of technology evolution. The World Intellectual Property Organisation is consulting on how to manage Intellectual Property Rights in artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions and a recent case suggests that AI cannot register a patent as it is not a legal person. As more of these tools evolve and are deployed it is vital that businesses understand the IP risks and issues in using these tools, particularly in relation to the ownership of what they generate including data which may be commercially sensitive or critical for a business maintaining its competitive advantage. Members of our Tech and Digital team will consider the state of play in relation to IP rights in AI tools and data and discuss what the future may hold – using their own intellect not an artificial one!
Avoiding risk in the cloud
We continue to see an increase in businesses turning to Cloud based solutions and they are an important part of many businesses’ technology and digital strategies. Their importance has only increased as a result of the role they play in artificial intelligence solutions. Buying these services involves balancing risk and cost effectiveness. Protecting data and ensuring security is a key concern for all businesses. This webinar led by our head of Tech and Digital, Sally Mewies, will guide you through some of the risks of buying Cloud and how to mitigate them.
Blockchain: Smart contracts – will I have to write one?
With all the excitement around artificial intelligence and machine learning, it is easy to forget about blockchain technologies and all the potential they have in the financial services sector and supply chain. This session will go back to basics on Blockchain and how it works, and will look at the concept of a Smart Contract and consider how Smart Contracts may affect the work of lawyers and contract managers.
International Data Transfers Post Schrems and Post Brexit- a practical guide
This webinar gave an overview of the developments in International Data Transfers in the last six months and provide some practical guidelines and tips on how to navigate the complexity.