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Christine read Classics at St. Hilda's College, Oxford before joining Morrell, Peel and Gamlen, an Oxford firm of lawyers who had acted for Oxford University for over 200 years. Whilst at that firm Christine started to specialise in technology law and was one of the first lawyers in the UK to develop an IT, and later, an e-commerce practice.
Christine advises national and multi-national companies and institutions on a wide range of IT related matters, including: the development and licensing of software; procurement; support and maintenance; outsourcing and managed services; consultancy services; business contingency arrangements and disaster recovery; the internet and e-commerce; re-seller, agency, partnering and collaborative ventures; data protection and freedom of information; and the protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights.
Christine has advised numerous academic institutions, public sector research establishments, research councils and one of the regional development agencies on matters as diverse as: technology and knowledge transfer/sharing; research and development; the protection andexploitation of intellectual property rights; European and UK Government funded collaborations; joint ventures and strategic alliances; spin out companies; consultancy services; funding and grant agreements; state aids; data protection and freedom of information;procurement and outsourcing; data archiving, informatics, data curation, and open access publishing.
She was on the DTI working group on Data Protection. She advises the H.M. Treasury sponsored Lambert Working Group on University and Industry Collaborations and is the author of the Model Research Agreements and other documents that can be found on www.innovation.gov.uk/lambertagreements. She also acts as an expert for the EuropeanCommission and is rapporteur of the working group on the proposed European Intellectual Property Charter.
She presents numerous seminars and workshops on negotiating and drafting contracts, ICT, IP and e-business-related topics, joint ventures and collaborations, and data protection and freedom of information.
She is a director of Finance South East, a not-for-profit organisation that provides funding and mentoring and investment readiness services to businesses in the area; she sits on the Membership and Professional Standards Committee of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and is a trustee of two charities.
Paul Northwood has over 20 years' experience of advising on intellectual property and technology issues in both the private and public sectors. His experience as a litigator adds real value when he is advising on commercial contracts and the licensing of intellectual property. Paul was a partner at the Oxford office of a Thames Valley law firm and before that he was with MacFarlanes in London. His expertise includes advising on patent licensing, the ownership, protection and exploitation of intellectual property and on IT systems supply. He also advises on brand protection, including trade marks and on the internet and e-commerce.
Paul has extensive experience of alternative dispute resolution and has been involved in large scale international arbitrations.
Paul also advises clients on various commercial agreements including: negotiating supply contracts with Government Agencies, hybridoma cell line licences/supply agreements, software supply and maintenance agreements, general commercial agreements for such things as PR/marketing services, business asset sales and share sales. Paul has advised Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer office of the University of Oxford, for over 10 years and has also been appointed by the University of Oxford advising the mutual company set up to manage the transfer of financial risk.
Paul has a BA in Economics and History from Durham University (1989) and qualified as a solicitor in 1994.