An Overview of Data & IP (as part of Shared Perspectives Conference)

Join us for an Overview of Data and IP with Loretta Maxfield and Kirsty Stewart of Thorntons Law. In this two part session, we cover what data is and how it relates to the Creative Economies, what UKGDPR means, as well as what is meant by personal data, with Data Protection & GDPR, Intellectual Property Law Partner, Loretta Mayfield. In our second half, we are joined by Legal Director & Trade Mark Attorney, Kirsty Stewart, to discuss what types of IP exist and how these impact businesses, how IP can be protected and what your rights are as a copyright holder.

Loretta Maxfield: Partner, Thorntons Law

A Thorntons Law Partner in their IP, Data Protection and Information Governance Team, Loretta is qualified in both Scots and English law and has over 12 years post-qualified experience. Loretta is recognised by Legal500 as a Recommended Lawyer in Education, Intellectual Property (including data protection and FOI), and IT & Telecoms sectors. She is experienced with advising and managing relationships with a range of clients from individuals, small start-ups, public bodies, large educational institutions to large multinational companies (turning over in excess of £800M). Loretta has enjoyed being seconded to several organisations including one of the UK's top companies for online innovation and separately, one of the UK's top research institutions. She also enjoyed a nine month secondment to the Business Development Office of a leading University, where she assisted the University by way of contract management with a view to maximising its intellectual property portfolio through various mediums including research contracts, collaborations and governance.

Loretta’s key area of expertise is in relation to data protection and freedom of information including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Data Protection Act 2018, e-Privacy Regulation and Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. In particular, Loretta has assisted many organisations prepare for and continue to comply with GDPR and related data protection and information governance legislation and also leads our outsourced Data Protection Officer service. This experience includes advising on mitigating risk when handling personal data, marketing, delivering audits, liaising with key stakeholders and management, preparing and monitoring implementation of improvement plans, delivering training, drafting privacy related documentation, advising on projects involving personal data, assisting with data security breaches, reporting to and attending board meetings, handling complex data requests, advising on complex data sharing arrangements, liaising with the Information Commissioner and undertaking Privacy Impact Assessments.

Kirsty Stewart: Legal Director & Trade Mark Attorney, Thorntons Law

Kirsty is a Director in the Intellectual Property, Technology and Media team at Thorntons Law and a specialist in trade mark and brand protection matters. Kirsty is also dual qualified as a Trade Mark Attorney and heads up Thorntons’ in house trade mark agency.

She has experience in all aspects of trade mark law, including trade mark searching and clearance, developing and implementing national and international trade mark and brand management strategies and dealing with contentious matters such as trade mark infringement and passing off actions, oppositions and invalidation and revocation actions.

Kirsty also has an interest in copyright law, particularly in the music and creative industries and has experience in dealing with a wide range of matters in these sectors.


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