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Protecting Your Database Rights

If you believe that your database has been breached and copied, we can advise you on the best course of action.

A database is afforded protection as an intellectual property right under statutory database rights legislation. Once information is out, it is out. So you may need to take urgent legal action such as an injunction to prevent loss alongside a damages claim.

Briffa can help you maximise the protection of your database rights — both legally and in practical terms — while boosting your revenue streams from commercialising your data via licensing or otherwise. If you need industry-recognised lawyers for database protection advice, get in touch or book a free assessment using the form provided.

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How a Database is Protected Under UK Law

A database is afforded protection as an Intellectual Property right in one of the two following ways:

  • Under the copyright laws outlined in the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1998
  • In its own right as a database under the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997

One of the benefits of owning a database that falls within the statutory definitions in the above Acts is that protection will last for 15 years.

The rules are surprisingly technical and the best way to look at this issue in the event of a problem is in conjunction with other possible legal options, which may be contractual or based on copyright or employment law, as appropriate. Our experienced intellectual property experts will guide you to the right solution.

How Briffa Can Help Protect Your Database Rights

We can help you:

  • Maximise the protection of your database rights legally and in practical terms
  • Boost revenue streams from commercialising your data and database, whether via licensing or otherwise
  • By investigating and taking swift and decisive legal action where you suspect unlawful misuse of your data, copying and/or use of your database, whether by competitors, employees or former employees.

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