Legal protection of databases in the UK
Produced in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Legal protection of databases in the UK

The following IP guidance note Produced in partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Legal protection of databases in the UK
  • Protecting databases
  • What is a database?
  • Traditional copyright in the content of a database
  • Copyright in the structure of a database
  • Sui generis database right
  • Competition issues
  • Confidential information
  • Database application software
  • Practical tips

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—IP rights.

Protecting databases

Databases, especially electronic databases, have become important tools that drive economic transactions. In the 1990s, uniform and adequate protection for databases in the European internal market was considered necessary to:

  1. harmonise differing levels of protection enjoyed by databases in Member States

  2. drive innovation and investment in information products, especially online database goods and services, and