Steven Farmer is a Counsel in the London office and is a member of the law firm’s Intellectual Property/IT, Data Privacy, Marketing Law and International Trade teams. He is also a member of the Global Sourcing practice.
Mr. Farmer has significant experience in advising businesses looking to launch or expand in Europe, whilst navigating complex regulatory and legal issues. He has advised a broad range of clients in a range of sectors and has spent time working in-house on secondment with a major international film studio.
Intellectual Property - Mr. Farmer has completed both the prestigious Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice and the ITMA Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice. He has advised on monetizing copyright, design, trademark and patent rights and infringement issues. Mr. Farmer also has substantial trade mark filing and prosecution experience of UK, CTM and international applications. Other contentious experience includes advising on privacy and defamation matters (claimant and defendant).
Mr. Farmer advises clients on intellectual property and regulatory matters in the emerging digital currency space. Recent experience includes advising on the monetization of inventions associated with blockchain technologies and the regulatory issues which arise where virtual currencies are used in online gaming.
Marketing - Mr. Farmer advises on product launches, service and product claims, the purchase/sale of customer lists, ASA complaints and investigations, comparative advertising issues and clearance of advertisements, ensuring compliance with direct marketing codes and prize competition regulations. He also advises on the data protection issues associated with digital marketing campaigns.
Data Privacy - Mr. Farmer holds Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe) status. His data protection experience includes advising on requirements and compliance in the pre and post incident environments and he has lectured on such issues. He also represents clients in regulatory and legal proceedings with a data protection angle. He has significant experience advising global companies on the use of cloud technologies and the international transfer of data, particularly extra-EEA transfers utilizing model contract clauses and binding corporate rules. Mr. Farmer is also a member of Pillsbury’s Cyber Security Task Force.
International Trade - Mr. Farmer is a member of Pillsbury’s International Trade team advising on UK export controls and sanctions. He regularly advises on the classification of items and technologies (military and dual use), licensing, preparing for regulator audits and disclosures to UK law enforcement.
Presenter, “International Technology Licensing Agreements” Kaplan Hawksmere Seminar 2010, 6 & 7 October 2010
Presenter, "Data Protection Issues – What Marketers Need to Know. Opt in, Opt out – What Are The Rules?", Marketing & Advertising Law 2010, 20, July 2010
Trade Mark Law and Practice
Intellectual Property Law and Practice