Elevator Tech: Digital Intellectual Property

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Find out how to protect and maximise the value of your intellectual property assets with an IP 101 from London-based law firm Sheridans, and get up to speed with market facing perspectives around smart contracts from the Digital Catapult.

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This event is for small or medium businesses with a significant focus on digital technology within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please check the definitions or contact the team at bighouse@ntu.ac.uk or on 0115 848 4297.

Digital Intellectual Property

In an increasingly competitive environment, digital businesses need to maximise the value of their own assets as well as know how to make the best use of resources they licence. Get the Intellectual Property (IP) lowdown from London-based law firm Sheridans. Find out how Block Chain and Smart Contracts have the capacity to revolutionise how creative businesses approach IP from the Digital Catapult.

There’s plenty of business media hype around the notion of smart contracts and blockchain. The Digital Catapult and the UK Games Fund have collaborated to develop the Smart Contracts for IP Assembly. This working prototype is designed to encourage talented individuals to work outside of their circles of trust and create new IP. By using Ethereum blockchain, a registry is built allowing automated share registration, classification and voting – and therefore avoid conventional contracting.

Both Digital Catapult and the UK Games Fund are looking to work with other partners from the creative or wider digital economy sectors, where a smart contract could be applied to solve a similar issue and help it further develop.


10 am – 12.30 pm: speakers and panel Q&A

Lunch provided

1 pm – 3 pm: Networking with the opportunity for individual consultation with speakers.

  • Alex Tutty (speaker)
    Alex Tutty is head of Sheridans’ Computer Games Department and a Partner in the Digital Media Group. Alex specialises in advising computer games and technology clients on commercial and intellectual property issues.

    Alex provides advice in connection with the development and exploitation of computer games, e-sports, interactive software and media products. He is also experienced in complex games finance projects including Video Games Tax Relief and acts for developers, publishers and financiers.

  • Dr Robert Learney (speaker)
    In 2014, Robert co-founded the Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency Research and Engineering, aiming to create a cross-disciplinary academic focal point for blockchain research in London, and has been following developments across this sector ever since. He is an active member of the UK Government’s Community of Interest in the subject, and has been invited to speak on the transformative potential of blockchain technology at events such as Impact CEE/Fintech, Swiss eHealth Summit 2017, and GITEX 2017 in Dubai.

    He is now the Lead Technologist in Blockchain and DLT at the Digital Catapult, aiming to improve the UK’s economic position through the use of this potentially transformative technology.

  • Associate Professor Donna Champion (facilitator), Nottingham Trent University
    Dr Champion’s research focuses on understanding the impact of technology on society. She has expertise in regulation and governance issues in distributed systems, smart contracts and the blockchain. She also specialises in the design and management of large complex systems and she has developed tools to support the integration of new technologies into critical infrastructures gained through collaborations with Jaguar Land Rover, Yorkshire Water, Trent Water, the British Association of Chemical Specialities, Motor Industry Research Association and E.ON.

In addition, hear about free legal support for local businesses via the Enabling Innovation programme from the NTU Legal Centre.

Elevator Tech series

This workshop is part of the new Elevator Tech series, designed for businesses in the digital and technology sectors within Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire. Workshops include:

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*photographer: Ellen Tobin

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Wednesday 16th May 2018

10:00am - 16:00pm GMT

Pennyfoot St
Nottinghamshire, NG1 1GF,

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