Monday, 18 April 2016

IP strategy, start-ups and spin-outs: when divergent interests converge

The world of intellectual property is heavily divided -- and not just as between geographical zones, types of right and sectors of industrial application.  There is even a multiplicity of organisations representing owners, practitioners and others whose interests revolve around IP exploitation.  All of these organisations purport to speak on behalf of the interests of IP and its beneficiaries, even though they may sometimes be working at cross purposes with one another.

It is therefore a pleasure to learn of any event in which two such organisations are seen to be cooperating with one another. One such event, coming up on 28 April, is a joint LES & CIPA afternoon seminar, "IP Portfolio & Strategy Building for Start-Ups & Spin-Outs", the details of which you can access here.  For the uninitiated,  the co-sponsors have quite complementary profiles. LES (the Licensing Executives Society) is a global body, divided into national chapters, which focuses on what people do with IP.  CIPA (the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys) is a national body that attracts a large international following; its core membership is defined by professional status rather than by actual roles within IP.

Ostensibly a celebration of World Intellectual Property Day (which strictly speaking falls on 26 April and this year addresses "digital creativity"), this seminar is described as 
" ... a joint seminar on IP portfolio and strategy building for start-ups and spin-outs. Our speakers will cover topics such as aligning an IP strategy with the overall business plan; pitfalls to avoid when creating an IP portfolio and tricks for making optimum use of limited early-stage resources; using IP informatics to shape tactics and positioning; what investors and commercial partners look for in an IP portfolio; special considerations for spin-outs; and how the new Unitary Patent and UPC will impact on licensing and other aspects of IP strategy. We will include panel discussion sessions and opportunities for questions".
Speakers listed for this seminar represent a good cross-section of the interests held within the patent and technology zone of the IP community: they are Catriona Hammer (IP Consultant, formerly Senior IP Counsel at GE Healthcare), Charles Harding (D Young & Co), Alan Johnson (Bristows, solicitors), Carolyn Porter (Deputy Head of Technology Transfer, ISIS Innovation Ltd) and Nigel Swycher (CEO, Aistemos). 

As usual, registration is cheaper for students, LES and CIPA members than for ordinary members of the public, Registration includes a buffet lunch before the seminar, and an informal networking and drinks reception afterwards. If you are here, just click here to register.

Tomorrow this weblog will post some thoughts from Nigel Swycher on competitive intelligence as the backbone to IP strategy.

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