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Jim Ford

Partner

London

Ford Jim
Jim Ford

Partner

London

Jim has a broad commercial practice, focused on technology-rich sectors including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, IT and media.

Jim specialises in non-contentious intellectual property and information technology law. Jim brings strategic and commercial IP and IT advice to M&A, corporate and finance transactions including advising on several joint ventures, long-term collaboration and licensing agreements. Jim also has experience advising on other arrangements for the exploitation of IP, including advertising and sponsorship agreements, and taking security over IP.

Jim is Co-head of Allen & Overy's global Life Sciences sector group and is Chair of A&Out (Allen & Overy's LGBT Network).

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • Asahi Group on IP, transitional services and commercial contracts aspects of its EUR7.30bn acquisition of the Central & Eastern European business of SABMiller by way of auction.
  • Marks and Spencer on its 50/50 joint venture with Ocado Group. Under the terms of the transaction, M&S will acquire a 50% stake in an existing Ocado entity and, from completion, operate Ocado's UK retail business.

Experience highlights

Office

London

Allen & Overy LLP
One Bishops Square
London
E1 6AD

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1998

Academic

BA (Hons), Jurisprudence, Hertford College, Oxford University, 1995

LPC (Distinction), Oxford Institution of Legal Practice, 1996

Pro-bono experience

  • Advising Stonewall on the recently passed Turing's Law which pardoned gay men for historic outlawed homosexual acts
  • Advising Queer Britain (the UK's first LGBT+ museum) on sponsorship arrangements

Recognition

Awards & accolades

Jim has been ranked in the OUTstanding top 100 LGBT Executives List for the past three years

Presented by the Financial Times, 2018

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News & insights

Close up view of fibre optic cables

Publications: 29 JANUARY 2020

Trade mark owners need not amend broad specifications following Sky v SkyKick

Today, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Sky v SkyKick (C-371/18) has declined to follow the Advocate General and held that trade mark specifications that cover broad terms such as “computer software” cannot be invalidated on the basis that they are imprecise or contrary to public policy.

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Data monetisation: checklist of the key contractual considerations

Many businesses are contracting with a range of data and AI providers to deliver their data monetisation strategies. But do you have a playbook for these contractual arrangements? Are your contracts consistent? Have you incorporated the necessary contractual protections and rights? 

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Publications: 28 JANUARY 2020

Data monetisation: internal audits and other considerations

Digitalisation has brought board-level focus to the potential of data found in the business to be “monetised” – ie used to generate efficiencies or economies in the organisation or developed into new revenue-attracting opportunities in its own right.

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LGBT

Publications: 01 AUGUST 2019

Diversity in the legal workplace: interview with the global chair of A&O’s LGBT+ network

Allen & Overy named one of Stonewall’s Top Global Employers for second year

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