Protecting the Crown Jewels - IP and Employees

Date: 06 October 2011

The Bird & Bird Associates held the sixth In Focus seminar in the Bird & Bird Associate Lecture Series for 2011, entitled 'Protecting the Crown Jewels - IP and Employees'.

Our IP and Employment Associates engaged in a case study focusing on the key IP considerations arising during the life cycle of an employment relationship.

We examined areas such as IP ownership, managing IP, strategies to deter infringement of IP rights and misuse of confidential information, and enforcement options. The seminar included consideration of practical steps to take at each stage to protect an organisation's IP. This seminar was particularly relevant to those responsible for managing employees and dealing with HR issues in IP rich organisations.   

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The programme



Helen Conlan
IP Associate


Claire Chapman IP Associate
Dixon-Alison Alison Dixon
Employment Associate
Holt-Laura Laura Holt
IP Associate


Jonathan Goldsworthy
Employment Associate


17.30 - 18.00
Registration and refreshments

18.00 - 18.05
Welcome and introduction

Helen ConlanIP Associate

18.05 - 18.55

Starting out: a look at IP considerations relevant to the creation of IP rights by employees and contractors, including:

  • Who creates IP and who owns it?
  • Enhancing IP protection via the employment contract.

Managing IP: a look at how to manage an organisation's IP and confidential information, including:

  • Practical steps to keep IP and confidential information safe.
  • Employee compensation.

When problems arise: a look at how to prevent infringement of IP rights and misuse of confidential information, including:

  • Practical steps to deal with employees misusing IP and confidential information, including tactical considerations.
  • Enforcement options.

18.55 - 19.00

19.00 onwards
Drinks and canapés