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Intellectual Property, Innovation and Technology

We emerge from a period of disruption which has accelerated the use of digital services in every facet of our personal and working lives, into a world where the global challenge of decarbonisation requires the construction and infrastructure industry to reinvent its methodologies and report on its progress in achieving urgent change.

Increased use of data and technology across the infrastructure sector is vital to a sustainable future and this module assesses how the issues of intellectual property, innovation and technology impact on joint ventures when delivering global mega infrastructure projects.

Planning to realise the potential of data over the life of an infrastructure enterprise will require JVs to be connected to and empowered by technology, to collaborate and share data and to navigate their way through a myriad of compliance and intellectual property rights concerns.

Mark Enzer

Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald

Second-guessing specific future technology solutions will be almost impossible, but a focus on awareness of emerging technologies and providers, compliance, contracts and collaboration, will all help to mitigate any potentially disruptive impacts

Key Considerations

  • Plan a strategy for data, IP and compliance issues
  • Understand data-related issues such as usage rights and compliance
  • Consider how Intellectual Property Rights are to be exploited 
  • Understand legal and regulatory compliance issues such as privacy laws, information security and data ethics
Friel Anne-Marie

Anne-Marie Friel


The most successful JVs will be those that find a way to give stakeholders the right structures to allow maximum opportunities for collaboration and technological flexibility

Meet the team

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Ruth Maria Bousonville

Rechtsanwältin, Legal Director

Ruth delivers legal solutions for the digital world. This includes the full range of strategic, contractual, privacy and regulatory aspects. Her clients come from a wide range of sectors, including finance, IT, automotive, infrastructure and education. They value her for her understanding of economic and technical contexts, for her clear focus on the essentials and for her ability to communicate legal topics.

Bousonville Ruth Maria
Andrew Hornigold


Andrew specialises in technology and life sciences/healthcare focussed M&A and private equity investment work, including investments, MBOs, MBIs and fundraisings from seed capital through to an IPO. He handles venture capital and private equity investments and fundraisings of all kinds, acting for companies, vendors, institutions and management teams.

Hornigold Andrew
Andrew McMillan

Partner, Head of Technology & Digital Markets

Andrew specialises in corporate transactions within the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector.

McMillan Andrew
Rob Morson

Partner, Head of Client Relationships, Infrastructure

Rob is part of the firm’s construction and project solutions team. He specialises in the delivery of energy, natural resource/mining and infrastructure projects. Rob is Africa focused with extensive experience in construction advisory and global supply chain project execution mandates, including many across the continent.

Diane Mullenex


Diane is a dual-qualified French lawyer and UK Solicitor, heading the international telecom and gaming & gambling practices. She specialises in and has extensive experience advising a wide range of clients in telecommunications, technology and other highly regulated industries, such as gaming and gambling.

Mullenex Diane
Adam Perl


Adam is a specialist infrastructure, construction and projects lawyer who provides practical, commercially astute advice.

Perl Adam
Helen Waddell


Helen's specialises in construction, infrastructure and energy projects and she has extensive international experience having worked in Pinsent Masons' London and Singapore offices.

Waddel Helen

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