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James Seadon
  • James Seadon
  • Senior Associate, London
  • +44 (0)20 7861 6714

James specialises in IP and IT dispute resolution, particularly where those disciplines intersect in the technology, media and telecoms sector. He worked as in-house IP counsel to a multinational telecommunications services company before joining Field Fisher Waterhouse in 2007.  James has a particular interest in new (and tech-driven) media, including the technology that is growing up around the consumption of music. 

James's practice centres on resolving soft IP disputes (i.e. those relating to trade marks, copyrightdatabase rights, design rights and confidential informationand IT issues (including helping clients to salvage - or to extract themselves as efficiently as possible from - failing software development projects). Other key areas of expertise include franchising disputes, and contentious data protection and privacy work.

While James has litigation experience in the County Courts, High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, he is also a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution.  In particular, James has an excellent track record of resolving complex disputes in mediation.

James lectures in the University of Cambridge Institute of Biotechnology, teaching the intellectual property element of the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise degree.  His professional memberships include the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Trademark Association, and the Society for Computers and Law. 

James was a founding committee member of IPSoc (the society for junior IP practitioners) and has been Chairman since 2011. See for more details.

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