Deborah Niven

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Deborah is highly regarded as an experienced intellectual property and information technology lawyer. Deborah’s clients benefit from commercially pragmatic advice surrounding their intellectual property and IT assets. This includes auditing her client’s intellectual property; ensuring her clients are protecting and registering IP where necessary, advising clients on commercialisation of new ideas and inventions, confidentiality, data protection, drafting contracts, assignments and licence agreements and defending those IP/IT rights against copying.

Clients find Deborah’s technical knowledge and can-do attitude enables her to obtain the best solution for her clients.

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Training and Seminars:

Deborah speaks regularly at events and seminars, often for new start up businesses through Business Sheffield, the University of Sheffield Bioincubator and UK Trade and Invest.

Of particular interest to some might have been her seminars on Le Tour de France, and how to avoid ambush marketing and trade mark infringement in 2014.

Other topics have included database rights and how they can be effectively gathered and sold for marketing purposes; procurement and contracting with suppliers and customers; and training on intellectual property rights.


Deborah was ranked in the 2015 edition of Chambers and Partners for her Intellectual Property expertise, which quoted a client as stating “(Deborah) is the first person I go to.”

Deborah was also listed in the Intellectual Property section of the 2015 edition of the Legal 500 for her knowledge in this field of law.

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