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Legal Briefing - ‘Introducing qLegal: Providing the small print for BIG IDEAS’

Brought to you by The Legal Group

qLegal, established by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) in 2013, supports innovation by providing free legal and regulatory advisory services to early-stage, start-up technology companies in the Digital Shoreditch and Silicon Fen areas.

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About the event

qLegal services are provided by high calibre postgraduate law students under the guidance of legal professionals from collaborating law firms and academic staff, and aims to inspire and develop the next generation of lawyers capable of effectively representing tech start-ups and entrepreneurs. This event will be taking place at ARM, Cambridge.

If you would like to find out more about qLegal and key issues arising from the use of open source licences in software development and business, register now as places are limited for this exclusive Cambridge Wireless Legal Briefing. This evening session is kindly hosted and led by Phil David, our Legal SIG Champion and General Counsel at ARM, who will discuss the implications for businesses working with open source code. Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law and head of qLegal, will consider the different legal dimensions of open source licensing.

qLegal offers free specialised legal guidance covering a range of issues, including the management of intellectual property assets, business structures, commercial agreements and regulatory frameworks that impact business activities, such as data protection rules. qLegal also provides the legal assistance in a number of different ways, from one-to-one advice sessions to ‘Small print’ workshop on topics of common concern, such as confidentiality.

Please note that Cambridge Wireless Legal Briefings are popular and places are limited. In the event of being oversubscribed, priority will be given to technology companies in the first instance, therefore confirmation of an assigned place will be given ten working days prior to the event.

We are extremely grateful to Phil David, Legal SIG Champion and General Counsel at ARM for leading and hosting this event. Canapés will be provided during registration and networking.

This event is FREE to members of Cambridge Wireless. Tickets for non-members are £180 plus VAT. To join Cambridge Wireless as a member and attend future events for free, please visit:

Limited FREE places for non-members: We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists so we have limited FREE delegate places at our events for non-members who are under 30. If you would like to register for one of these places, please register as a non-member and under job title please list your date of birth. We will then confirm if you have received a place within one week of the event.

We are extremely grateful to Phil David, Legal SIG Champion and General Counsel at ARM for leading and hosting this event.

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We design the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products.

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Registration & Networking over canapés


Introduction to the Legal Briefing from Philip David, General Counsel, ARM


Dr. Ian Walden, Professor of Information and Communications Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London


Philip David, General Counsel, ARM


Round Table Discussion chaired by Dr Ian Walden and Philip David


Event Closes


Philip David

Ian Walden - Head, Institute of Computer and Communications Law, qLegal, Queen Mary

SIG Champions

Julia Gwilt - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions such as cryptography and communication networks as well as inventions having complex mathematics, including machine learning at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers. As well as managing the prosecution of patent portfolios covering the UK and overseas, she has been involved in contentious matters. In recent years, she has managed over 70 oppositions to European patents, most in the field of electronic program guides. Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations. She also offers bespoke training programmes to her clients.

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Anthony Waller - Partner, CMS

Anthony Waller is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. Anthony deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations. Anthony works alongside the firm's international Corporate team. Anthony has advised clients in the TMT sector for many years, advising established international companies on a variety of transactions and public company issues. His practice focuses on high growth technology companies, acting for both the companies themselves and investors into the sector.

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ARM, 110 Fulbourn Road, Cambridge, CB1 9NJ

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