Intellectual property team expands to meet client demand


The intellectual property team at a leading Cornish law firm has expanded to meet client demand.

Stephens Scown LLP now has two specialist intellectual property associates based in Cornwall. Jowanna Conboye has recently returned from maternity leave, working alongside Kathryn Heath who joined the firm in 2018. Along with the firm’s Exeter office there are now 10 specialist lawyers and paralegals in the intellectual property team.

Jowanna moved to Stephens Scown in 2014 after qualifying as a solicitor at a large regional firm in the South East. She specialises in giving advice on commercial contracts, terms and conditions, data protection and e-commerce. She advises clients both in the UK and overseas from a broad range of sectors including technology, digital and creative industries, tourism and manufacturing. Jowanna is an expert in advising businesses on every aspect of their technology contracts including outsourcing, software development, agile and intellectual property asset ownership. Jowanna also advises organisations from start-ups to large organisations operating internationally on their GDPR compliance including negotiating terms with third party data processors and drafting data transfer and data sharing agreements.

Kathryn spent six years working in-house for a global software company in the travel and tourism sector, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. In that role she provided legal support to the organisation’s global network of offices in the UK, Russia, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Brazil, among other countries. At Stephens Scown she advises clients internationally on a range of intellectual and IT matters including IP protection and exploitation, IT contracts and data protection issues.

Ben Travers, partner and head of intellectual property at Stephens Scown said:

“Our client base has grown rapidly in Cornwall, partly driven by the thriving tech sector. Firms are becoming increasingly aware of their obligations under data protection legislation as well as the need to protect their intellectual property assets. Jowanna and Kathryn’s expertise is also in demand internationally and they have a growing portfolio of clients from around the world.”

One of the team’s clients is Falmouth-based David Walker, founder of Paddle Logger, an app that tracks journeys on the water from kayaking to stand up paddle boarding. David said:

“We were looking for a law firm that could advise us on both intellectual property and data protection, which not all firms can do. When Kathryn met with us we were really impressed with her knowledge of both. We want our customers to trust us, and a big part of that is not misusing with their data, so we had to ensure we got it right from the start. With Kathryn’s help we have been able to do that.”

Clients of Stephens Scown’s intellectual property team include St Austell Brewery, Frugi, Bluefruit and Camel Valley.

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