The ninth article of our series on “Big Data & Issues & Opportunities” (https://2bird.ly/2SLBUsn) examines the aspects related to copyright, database rights and trade secrets. More particularly, it determines to what extent protection mechanisms under such intellectual property rights can apply to elements of the big data lifecycle, such as individual pieces of data or entire datasets.

The series of articles has been made possible by the LeMO Project (www.lemo-h2020.eu), of which Bird & Bird LLP is a partner. The LeMO project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 770038. This article on intellectual property rights has also been made possible by the TOREADOR Project (www.toreador-project.eu), of which Bird & Bird LLP was a partner. The TOREADOR Project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 688797.