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Ward Hadaway

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Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Alex Shiel

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Ward Hadaway

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Partner, Head of IP/IT


Alex is head of the Intellectual Property and Information Technology (IP/IT) team at Ward Hadaway and helps clients to protect, develop, exploit and enforce their ideas and new technology.

This is done by using intellectual property rights, commercial agreements such as research and development contracts, technology licences and collaboration agreements and, in the case of disputes, through taking or defending court action.

Alex also works with clients who supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software, do business over the internet and work in the creative industries, such as creating Apps, games, multimedia content and websites.

He is responsible for the supervision and management of the dedicated trademark and design registration and management service, which is run by the unit.

An increasing area of Alex’s work involves acting for creative industries businesses, in particular in the fashion, digital media, film and publishing industries.

Alex has over 20 years’ experience of advising clients of all sizes in all aspects of intellectual property and information technology.

He advises a number of multi-national companies, plcs and public sector bodies and has a wide expertise in handling complex transactions, including research and development contracts, IT systems and telecoms agreements, technology licensing contracts and international collaboration agreements.

He acts for start-ups and spin-out businesses. He has acted for the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in connection with the spinning out of a number of new companies.

Alex provides business support and mentoring advice to start-up companies which are supported through programs run by organisations such as Teesside University’s launchpad, Digital Union and Newcastle University’s Rise Up.

He has a particular specialism in dealing with trade mark and branding issues and acts for several well known brands. His work includes advising on strategic brand management, international protection of brands and trade mark opposition and infringement proceedings.

Clients include Wilkinson Sword, SCS Sofas, Imperial Pharmaceuticals, PD Ports and the University of Newcastle.

North: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms

Within: Leading individuals

Alex Shiel - Ward Hadaway

Within: IT and telecoms

Ward Hadaway advises IT providers, developers and customers from both public and private sectors. Colin Hewitt leads the team that includes Judy Baker, who specialises in software contracts and IT projects work, as well as data protection. Also notable is Alex Shiel, who works with clients that supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software, do business over the internet and work in the creative industries.

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Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Alex Shiel - Ward Hadaway

Within: Intellectual property

Best known for supporting high-growth technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and creative people, Ward Hadaway has experience advising businesses from the early stages through to establishment and the development and exploitation of their IP. The firm specialises in acting for universities, notably in trade marks and contentious IP cases. Alex Shiel works with clients who supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software and work in the creative industries. He leads the team with Judy Baker in Newcastle and registered trade mark attorney Bill Goodwin, based out of Leeds.

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