FLAG leads the debate on the latest developments in software licensing

31 Oct, 2013

FLAG, the Federation Against Software Theft’s (FAST) Legal Advisory Group, is hosting an event at the Houses of Parliament, 1 Parliament Street, London, on 6th November to discuss the latest developments in copyright and patent law.

 

The event, which will be hosted by Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire and Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group, will bring together members of the legal and technology communities to review the latest developments in Intellectual Property (IP) law. High on the agenda will be the implications of Oracle v UsedSoft for the software industry.

 

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear from Elspeth Talbot-Rice QC of Chambers and Partners, who will discuss several software cases including that of Coward v Phaestos Ltd, Rosie Burbidge, Associate at global law firm Rouse, and Special Counsel at law firm Pillsbury, Ashley Roughton, who will take a critical look at the counterfeiting landscape.

 

Alex Hilton (pictured), CEO of FAST, said: ““Intellectual Property is the bedrock underpinning our creative industries, whether the rights are connected to design, trademarks or copyright. It’s vital that the creators of content may create with certainty of a return for the investment made. Legislators must therefore keep up with the pace of technology. This November FLAG event promises to shed much-needed light on key areas of topical importance.”

 

FAST General Counsel, Julian Heathcote Hobbins added: “FLAG events are a real opportunity to receive valuable insight from key members of the legal community on the current issues affecting the software industry. This event will be no different.  Of particular interest will be insights given on the issue of counterfeiting and the impact of counterfeits in the software supply chain. Our chosen speakers will also discuss the potential economic and legal implications the software industry may face in the upcoming year.”

 

FLAG, established shortly after FAST in 1984, consists of representatives from many of the UK’s leading international legal firms with IP practices. FLAG meets several times a year to receive presentations on pertinent topics and to review legal developments in the software industry.

 

Dawn Osborne, Partner at Intellectual Property specialists Palmer Biggs Legal and Chair of FLAG, commented: ““FLAG meetings are an opportunity for key members of the software industry and the legal fraternity to network and share their expertise about areas of interest. The specialist legal knowledge that FLAG has built up on issues will allow for valuable insight on the fast evolving software industry, IP in the digital environment and the increasingly complex challenges faced by law-enforcement when enforcement is a must.”

 

Speakers include:

 

Elspeth Talbot Rice QC, Barrister at Chamber and Partners – will discuss several case studies, including the software case of Coward v. Phaestos Ltd

 

Rosie Burbidge, of law firm Rouse – will present on how patent law may influence the applicability of UsedSoft in the software industry

 

Ashley W. Roughton, Special Counsel at Pillsbury – will ask ‘Is counterfeiting a real problem – or a fake one?’

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