A properly conducted due diligence search can lead to many opportunities for both buyers and sellers, including long-term relationships and new business synergies.
Attending this seminar will ensure you know how to mitigate the risks involved and will give you key insights into balancing internal resources and outside expertise to
the best advantage. It will help you understand the vital aspects of an FTO analysis from a US and EU perspective, plus, learn about the IP landscape in China as well as new opportunities.
You will benefit from the experience of the expert panel during the discussion session and get the solutions you need to your questions.
Who should attend?
By attending this one-day intensive seminar you will:
Best practices for organising and conducting an IP due diligence project
In-house perspectives on conducting IP due diligence and FTO projects
Mitigating the identified risks
Communicating results and post-deal issues
Vital aspects of an FTO analysis – US perspective
Vital aspects of an FTO analysis – EP perspective
Wrestling the Chinese dragon
Dr Sean Jauss is a partner and Head of the Legal Team at Mewburn Ellis LLP. He advises his clients on technology transfer and the exploitation of intellectual property. This includes advising on strategy, conducting due diligence and preparing and negotiating transactional agreements (often in the context of corporate transactions). He also advises on life science/pharma regulatory issues. With a PhD in Microbiology and his experience establishing the technology transfer office at the London School of Tropical Medicine, Sean has a particular focus in the life science, clean technology and defence/engineering sectors.
John Nevard was, until recently, Director, Intellectual Property, for Cambridge Display Technology Ltd (CDT). He now runs his own IP consultancy, holds a non-executive directorship of TLIP Ltd, and is a senior advisor to Tianhao Intellectual Property in Hangzhou. After years of experience as an engineer, John changed career in ICI and qualified as a European Patent Attorney where he advised many businesses within the chemicals, polymers and materials groups of ICI. He became Global Intellectual Property Manager for ICI’s polyurethanes business in Everberg, Belgium, later part of the Huntsman group of companies, during which time he was a frequent visitor to Shanghai for technology transfer negotiations. He then entered into private practice in Hong Kong before moving back to England in 2003 to take on the role as Senior Patent Counsel, and then Chief IP Counsel, for the Alere group of companies. In April 2011, John took up his position with CDT. He has lectured at the Shanghai University of Finance & Economics and also on different aspects of Chinese IP law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies of Queen Mary, University of London.
Timothy May is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Finnegan LLP. He has over 20 years experience in the field of US patent law, with significant experience counselling clients on software patent matters. Tim currently manages the patent portfolios for several European clients in various software, medical device and electrical and mechanical technologies. He regularly speaks on software patent issues. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a Patent Examiner at the US Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined applications involving digital and software technologies. From 2006 to 2011, Tim was located in the firm’s European office and continues to work with many European clients.
Christian Reinders is Chief IP Counsel at Draexlmaier Group, a German automotive component supplier of electrical, electronic, interior and storage systems with more than 70,000 employees operating in over 20 countries worldwide. He and his team are responsible for all IP matters at the Dräxlmaier Group such as patent prosecution work, advising the board of management and all business units about IP matters, negotiating and reviewing all agreements in relation to IP matters, organising internal IP trainings, defining and developing internal workflows in relation to IP matters and defining and implementing various patent strategies for different technology sectors. Christian has worked as a German and European patent attorney over the last 15 years in different roles for various companies and IP firms in Germany, Switzerland and the UK, and therefore knows about working as an outside IP counsel and as an in-house IP counsel. He has extensive experience of advising internal and external clients on patent portfolio management, patent strategy, and how to implement IP-related workflows within a company organisation. Christian has worked on a diverse range of technologies, including computer implemented inventions in various technology fields, consumer electronics, transportation, power generation and electrical networks.
Tim Whitfield is a partner with Powell Gilbert LLP. He advises clients in contentious IP matters across all IP rights with a strong focus on patent litigation and strategy, across a wide range of technologies, especially disputes having an international element in the pharmaceutical sector. He represents clients in cases before the English Courts and the European Patent Office. He has very extensive experience of advising clients on the co-ordination of international patent litigation strategy including in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and electronics fields. Tim also advises on related issues arising from international technology standards, patent pools and licensing, as well as pharmaceutical regulatory issues and SPCs. Tim also has experience of patent portfolio due diligence projects, contentious design right issues and trade mark infringement disputes.