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Technology and IP


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The Technology and IP team specialises in technology, intellectual property and data protection law.

We work in a range of business sectors including technology, energy and renewables, recruitment, engineering, drinks, retail, hospitality, social housing, the voluntary sector and local government.

Paul Motion, Partner, who heads the versatile niche team, is a Solicitor Advocate and data protection specialist. He was board member and immediate past Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law until 2012. He chaired the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Committee between 2000 and 2016.

Uniquely, Paul has since 2009 presented events on stage annually at the Edinburgh Fringe in relation to the legal issues of interest to the performing arts such as copyright, parody, legal issues relating to Twitter and cyber crime.

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Intellectual Property Law Consultancy Services

We also offer intellectual property consultancy services for other solicitors and professionals who do not offer IP advice, for firms which may wish to involve external specialists in certain aspects of a particular case or transaction and for firms which do offer IP services, but find that on occasions they are unable to act due to a conflict of interest.

Our bespoke service on IP matters enables you to enhance the portfolio of legal services that you can offer your clients.  It could also save your clients time and money in the long run and will address risk management concerns from your perspective.  

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Contact: Paul Motion, Partner T: 0131 222 2939


  • Scotland’s leading data protection team

The only team of lawyers in the UK to have won an appeal against a data protection fine (£250,000).

  • IP Claims

Paul acted initially as a Solicitor Advocate and later as Junior Counsel to a QC in a £25 million IP claim related to the design of an offshore wind farm.

  • Website and domain name disputes

Acted for a short term loans lender in very complex website and domain name case with concurrent disputes before Court of Session, WIPO/ICANN, Nominet DRS, DMCA/ChillingEffects.

  • Design rights disputes

Design rights disputes re shop fittings, street furniture, fabrics.

  • IP infringements

Several “Dawn Raids for cases involving IP infringement.

  • Commercial action involving defective bespoke software

Acting for a company in a highly complex Commercial Action involving defective bespoke software. The case was estimated to last ten days in court but was settled out of court.

  • Trade mark infringements

BTO has acted for ten years for a household name malt whisky producer on trade mark infringements and passing-off cases with both UK and international aspects, the UK elements of which were litigated by Paul Motion as Solicitor Advocate.

  • Prevention of harassment on websites

Acting for numerous clients (individuals and employers) to prevent harassment on websites, social media, blogs and forums.

  • Website agreements

Dealing with a range of agreements relating to the development, hosting and support of websites.

  • Book publishing

Advising on a book publishing contracts.

  • Digitisation

Advising a major Scottish charity on the digitisation of its archives and the exploitation of its IP.

  • Advising on complex transactions between organisations

Advising on aspects of a complex transaction (including IP) whereby a UK software company was acquired by a US organisation. The team also advised a bespoke software developer in the North of Scotland who was seeking to raise private and public investment funding.

  • Data protection

Many data protection cases involving both paper and digital data.

  • Licences and service level agreements

Drafting and reviewing licences and service level agreements.



  • "meticulous attention to detail."

    The Legal 500
  • "certainly puts the hours in, contributing to the life of the IT sector in Scotland."

    Chambers UK
  • "courteous and considerate’ and gives ‘excellent guidance."

    The Legal 500
  • "BTO is an excellent firm."

    BTO client
  • "The team really puts the client first and has expertise across a range of issues. I cannot rate them highly enough."

    BTO client
“The level of service has always been excellent, with properly experienced solicitors dealing with appropriate cases" Legal 500

Contact BTO


  • 48 St. Vincent Street
  • Glasgow
  • G2 5HS
  • T:+44 (0)141 221 8012
  • F:+44 (0)141 221 7803


  • One Edinburgh Quay
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 9QG
  • T:+44 (0)131 222 2939
  • F:+44 (0)131 222 2949