Nigel Urwin's experience extends over many different areas of the protection and exploitation of intellectual property. He advises on transactions and dispute resolution in sectors including wines & spirits, software licensing, film & television, merchandising and publishing.
Protection of the wine trade involves familiarity with trade marks, EU regulation, confidential information and passing off. Software licensing and media work require understanding of copyright, software patents, data protection and freedom of information. And all such work depends on extensive experience of commercial transactions garnered in more than 20 years work in fields as diverse as book publishing, pensions, television, film, bond broking, management consultancy, mergers & acquisitions, North Sea gas supply contracts, architecture, international bank lending, cross border supply of goods, charities and education. Married to a consultant physician, he advises medical partnerships on commercial matters.
Trained with a large City law firm, where he became involved in competition law and patent licensing, his career thus far has taken him through 3 firms, including setting up in practice in a new firm. And cases handled have taken him to the Californian Court of Appeal and the European Court of Justice. He has retained his enthusiasm for economics formed in reading PPE at Oxford University, especially relevant in competition law issues.
He is a trustee of the Clare Milne Trust, a substantial grant-making charity for the disabled, and a member of the Society for Computers & Law.