Find out how law incubators can help start-ups in practice by reading our Best Practice Case Studies here.
Disclaimer: The iLINC best practice documents for law incubators including the Case Studies are all currently in draft form and are subject to further changes before their full release. The purpose of sharing these documents in draft form is to ensure that the ICT start-up and entrepreneur community as well as the law incubator community can benefit from them as early as practically possible.
Case Study 1 - Powr of You
Powr of You is a private limited company founded in 2014 in the UK. The company allows consumers to learn about their online footprint and quantified, digital self through visualizations, while they earn rewards with a revenue share model.
The client sought advice from qLegal on key terms to include in customer contracts, particularly concerning intellectual property licensing, and whether the description of the data processing activities that will be undertaken by the company in its Information Commissioner’s Office Registration form was sufficiently detailed.
Case Study 2 - FrePPLe
FrePPLe produces an open source production planning software. When a manufacturing company can no longer efficiently plan its production with an excel spreadsheet, FrePPLe provides an easy and cost-effective way to boost the planning process to a new level.
FrePPLe asked for legal assistance to review their license agreement, source code header and review a contributor agreement for open source contributors. The agreement aimed to protect the intellectual property rights being created up in FrePPLe when for example, external authors contributed to source code.The client sought advice from qLegal on key terms to include in customer contracts, particularly concerning intellectual property licensing, and whether the description of the data processing activities that will be undertaken by the company in its Information Commissioner’s Office Registration form was sufficiently detailed.
Case Study 3 - Where is my Bike
Where is my Bike is a start-up that makes GPS trackers for bikes. The company provides all communications between the users, the server and other relevant third parties via a mobile phone text messaging service.
The iLINC ICT Law Incubator at KU Leuven advised on whether there was a need for an “alarm centrale vergunning” (alarm central permit).
Case Study 4 - Mobile marketplace
The client is a Mobile marketplace for micro-jobs.
The Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) advised the client on several legal challenges, including identifying the legal requirements for personnel leasing applicable to the client, helping the client legally avoid legal liability of its platform in case of any improper performance of participants, and explaining the implications of payment transactions via Click&Buy on invoicing.
Case Study 5 - Big Data application
The client is a Big Data application, which creates social heat maps for commercial use (e.g. for cab drivers).
The client enquired to the HIIG clinic on what laws are relevant to the aggregation and processing of location data of users of social network?
Case Study 6 - eLearning platform
The client developed an eLearning platform.
The client asked the HIIG clinic the following questions: Can a startup legally protect eLearning method? How can a startup use trademark protection? Does the website of the startup conform to all necessary legal requirements?
Case Study 7 - Chino
Chino is a young and innovative start-up that provides confidential data storage services to application developers. The services can be integrated within developers’ applications in order to store sensitive and confidential data in accordance with EU data protection laws. The aim of the company is to outsource security and compliance challenges, and increase the security of applications.
The client asked for advice from two of the iLINC legal clinics - qLegal at Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre in London, and the Clinic Foundation at the University of Amsterdam – in order to obtain a good understanding of data protection compliance issues in both the United Kingdom and The Netherlands.
Case Study 8 - ProctorExam
ProctorExam is involved in security for digital exams. In the growing space of digital exams the question of who is sitting behind the computer and whether the person is cheating arises.
They came to the Clinic Foundation at the University of Amsterdam to address legal challenges concerning multi-use contracts to make their business more scalable.
Case Study 9 - BuddyHub
BuddyHub is a social enterprise that intends to carry out a social mission by linking elderly people (“Seniors”) with younger people (“Buddies”) with the aim of providing a befriending service to ward off isolation.
The client required advice from qLegal on specific, tailored-to-the-business, Terms & Conditions.