Supporting the DNA of tech

Connectivity, convergence and communication are driving forward the Components & Devices industry as M2M & IoT products and solutions become ever more ubiquitous.

While our reputation comes from supporting on international projects, transactions and disputes involving clients focused on the Tech sector, increasingly companies from a range of industries are looking to adopt and implement components and devices in previously unseen quantities. This includes businesses related to energy (smart meters, grid automation, battery systems, storage), automotive (autonomous driving, battery systems, driver support, engineering support and public infrastructure) and healthcare (wellbeing, remote care, diagnostics and medical devices with communication capability).

Our international experts work across the Components & Devices lifecycle, advising on issues relating to:

  • Design IP protection; regulation, privacy by design
  • Disputes/claims product liability, recall, IP infringement (patents, designs, TM, copyright levies etc.)
  • Distribution & monetisation multijurisdictional (consumer) contract reviews, distribution and reseller agreements, end user terms, advertising, data protection
  • Manufacturing licensing, export / import, know-how, JVs, product, labelling and environmental regulations, telecoms regulation
  • Product compliance and regulation
  • Trade Secrets
  • Transactions IP transactional, Tech M&A.

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A telecoms Blockbuster: Beijing High Court upholds patent injunction in IWNCOMM v Sony

Apr 16 2018

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Ted Chwu advises on cross-border IP litigation, enforcement, monetisation and prosecution strategies in technologies such as materials technology, aerospace, semiconductors, IoT applications and consumer electronics.

Chambers Asia Pacific 2019

Their international reach is amazing - they can provide us with knowledge of multiple markets around the world. They're very helpful and flexible.

Chambers Europe 2021

Jane Mutimear “is very engaging, very proactive and ensures a constructive relationship with the client.”

Chambers Global 2018

Bird & Bird LLP are noted as “highly regarded practitioners offering expertise on transactions and disputes in the technology and telecommunications sectors” who "are known to conduct good and original work in the TMT area and possess a wide-reaching presence in terms of their jurisdictional abilities".

Chambers Global 2018

"When we work in a location for the first time, they are able to connect me to good lawyers, which is really helpful."

Chambers Global 2019

Clients find the team's "ability to tap into lawyers in other locations really helpful," adding that the "advice is pragmatic as well as sensitive to challenges we have".

Chambers Global 2019

We benefit from Bird & Bird's global reach and have used the firm for multi-jurisdictional advice and access to its international insights into our specific areas of interest

Chambers Global 2021

Praised for its 'pragmatism and deep understanding of the regulatory framework', Bird & Bird's multi-disciplinary TMT offering combines deeply rooted subject matter knowledge of new technologies and products coming to market.

Legal 500 APAC 2021

Bird & Bird’s broad expertise includes a focus on developing technologies, such as AI, robotics, blockchain and distributed ledgers, fintech and the platform economy. Its multidisciplinary approach draws on practitioners who specialise in corporate, dispute resolution and public procurement matters

Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Broad capabilities across the full range of rights, with a strong reputation for patent and trade mark disputes in the technology and communications sectors. Richard Vary focuses on standard-essential patent litigation.

Legal 500 UK 2020

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Bird & Bird works with AllBright to assist Phase Motion Control on acquisition of majority stake in OSAIcnc

Feb 07 2020

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Bird & Bird advises Arm on the acquisition of IoT company Stream Technologies.

Jun 18 2018

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