School of Law

qLegal hosts a series of innovative events throughout March

31 March 2018

qLegal has hosted a series of events throughout February and march.

Legal issues to consider for early stage startups @ inQUBEate

27 February 2018 at 6PM

This talk introduced the audience to legal principles in developing a product or business.

Entrepreneurs (generally) are not lawyers, and may not know the full extent of how the law can help or hurt them. In fact, there are many legal considerations that impact start-up companies and entrepreneurs, particularly in the areas of business formation and structuring, employment and intellectual property protection.

qLegal Masterclass Most Common Legal Issues for Startups to Consider to be SuccessfulqLegal Masterclass: Most Common Legal Issues for Startups to Consider to be Successful

19 March, 6.30 to 7.30 PM

The presentation was held at Base KX. UCL Enterprise Centre Event Space, King’s Cross, and covered different legal issues startups should be considering from the outset:

Setting up a company:

  • Is it required?
  • What are the main options available?
  • When and how should an individual organise and structure their business?

Intellectual Property:

  • What is IP?
  • How is protected?
  • How can we transfer IP?

Employment and interacting with third Parties:

  • What clause to include in an employment contracts?
  • How to deal with IP ownership in the course of employment

Intellectual Property Law and Licensing for early stage startups at EdSpaceIntellectual Property Law and Licensing for early stage startups at EdSpace

Tuesday 6 March, 12.30 to 1.30 pm

Using the example of an hypothetical company, the presentation explored the diverse range of IPRs needed to successfully protect the brand, product, services and business information of a start-up.

The presentation included:

  • An understanding of the different IPRs and their differences
  • An understanding of IPRs authorship, registration requirements and enforcement mechanism
  • An understanding of Intellectual Property Law as a business asset and its importance
  • An understanding of the balance of cost and benefit of each IPRs, and how to determine an IP business strategy as a start-up

Overview of the GDPR at QMI

Wednesday 14 February

qLegal students presented an overview of the changes bought by the GDPR which will likely impact startups and the work of organisation working with startups.

Media Law for Journalists at Pink News

Thursday 15 March, 12.30-1.30pm

Increasingly, media regulations must be, and are being, adapted to take account of new technological developments as the dividing line between online media and traditional forms becomes less obvious.

The presentation will include an introduction on Media Law regulations relevant to the work of journalists to include some of the following:

  • The regulation of the distribution of material by the media
  • Information privacy and the media's right to withhold the identity of sources.
  • Laws regulating media output on the basis of the actual content distributed, including defamation issues faced by the media, blasphemy, hate speech and obscenity.
  • Media law in the digital age with a focus on social media and content creators:
    • Right to privacy
    • Leveson Inquiry vs Press freedom?
    • Copyright claims over social media content (e.g Instagram) and use of content under Creative Commons license
    • Understanding of the Defamation Act 2013 and its impact responsibility of the news outlet on on comment section of articles.
    • Use of twitter by journalists in court.

 Copyright and IP Law for Computer Developers eventCopyright and IP Law for Computer Developers at Ada College for Digital Skills

Thursday 15 March, 9.15 to 11.30am

The workshop was presented to 80 A-level students studying computer science and game development.

The presentation covered the below points, in connection with the students’ larger curriculum:

An understanding of the different IPRs and their differences, of IPRs authorship and assignment, especially in the course of employment and freelancing, of Intellectual Property Law as a business asset and its importance, of the balance of cost and benefit of each IPRs, and how to determine an IP business strategy as a start-up.

The Legal Side of Enterprise at QMUL Product development Module

Monday 19 March, 2-3PM

This workshop introduced the audience of early stage entrepreneurs to many legal considerations that impact start-up companies and entrepreneurs. It focused particularly in the areas of business formation and structuring, employment and intellectual property protection.

This workshop touched on the below topics:

  • Setting up a company: Different structures including sole trader, Ltd and partnership
  • Intellectual Property: What are the different intellectual property rights and how do these apply to developing a product
  • Commercial Issues: Data protection and entering into contracts. What considerations should the audience consider?