Date: March 25, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. est.
Location: Worrell Professional Center – Room 1312
In the business of innovation, issues of intellectual property protection and access to venture capital financing are inextricably intertwined. When entrepreneurs turn to venture capital as a source of funding, venture capitalists rely on intellectual property to protect investments in new technology. The symposium will address the many points of intersection between intellectual property and business law, especially in the context of the IP-based startup company. Panelists, including entrepreneurs, business managers, attorneys, and legal scholars, will present on two very practical issues: how intellectual property is used as a negotiating tool and the underlying tension between the venture capital markets and intellectual property law in a competitive landscape.
CLE Credit is available for practicing attorneys:
• Morning attendance: 2.5 General CLE Credits
• Afternoon attendance: 0.5 Ethics/Professional Responsibility Credits
No registration is required for symposium attendance. Registration for CLE credits will take place on the day of the symposium.
For more information, please contact Emily Cantrell, Symposium Editor.
The business press is full of dog eat dog competitive business battle stories. These make for great press and sell lots of magazines, but they are in fact the exception rather than the rule for most successful businesses. To better serve their customers, most successful businesses spend more time collaborating and cooperating with a wide range of other businesses (including competitors) than they do worrying about their competitors. From his days selling typewriters in his wife’s sewing closet to his experience building Red Hat (an S&P 500 open source technology company) and his current Lulu.com enterprise, Young will explain how you can better serve your customers by adopting open strategies than by attempting a proprietary strategy.
Mr. Stell will discuss university patenting and the technology transfer process from the perspective of the patent holder.
Mr. Rehm will discuss how attorneys are involved in the technology transfer process – such as drafting licensing, confidentiality, and non-disclosure agreements.
Mr. Mireles will discuss the Stanford v. Roche Molecular Systems case, pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, and the potential practical and legal implications on university technology transfer.
Mr. Egger has 17 years of experience in the field of information technology entrepreneurship and venture capital. Mr. Egger will discuss the legal risks that arise when companies build products on top of third party patented/copyrighted material.
Sibilla Nagel is an economist and expert advisor to corporations and start-ups on M&A, venture capital transactions and technology transfer. She has co-authored reference works on licensing agreements and on corporate law and is the author of numerous articles on M&A issues. Sibilla Nagel will contribute perspectives from the European Union in the areas of her particular expertise: technology transfer, international licensing and related matters in European anti-trust laws.
Ms. Presnell will present on strategies for identifying intellectual property emerging from research and development; vetting processes useful towards understanding technology within the competitive landscape; and strategies for advancing technologies within the context of a competitive landscape. Ms. Presnell’s article, “Advancing Technology in the Context of the Competitive Landscape: An Industrial Technologist’s Perspective,” will be published in the Journal’s Symposium issue.
Prof. Maynard’s presentation, entitled “Ethics for Business Lawyers Representing Start-Up Companies,” queries whether it is appropriate for the lawyer to take an ownership interest in the new business (i.e., stock) in lieu of paying fees for the lawyer’s services. Prof. Maynard is the co-author of a new casebook, Business Planning: Financing the Start-Up Business and Venture Capital Financing (Aspen Law 2010).
Mr. Mason is listed in the The Best Lawyers in America under the Securities/Venture Capital category, and is a Member of the Board of Directors of Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Mr. Mason will present on the valuation of a start-up business and the role of the attorney in drafting licensing agreements and managing SEC filings and antitrust concerns.
Martin Sinozich, President/Partner, Venn Capital
Mr. Sinozich has a diverse background in owning and managing a range of businesses. He is currently a Managing Member of Venn Capital, a local private investment company, and an active member of the Piedmont Angel Network. Mr. Sinozich will discuss the venture capital landscape and how the industry assesses when an applicant is ripe for venture capital. Mr. Sinozich will also address the process of transacting a venture capital deal including key strategies for negotiating term sheets and stock purchase agreements with venture capitalists.
10:00 – 10:30
Registration and Breakfast
10:30 – 10:45
Welcome by Law School Dean Blake Morant and Business School Dean Steve Reinemund
10:45 – 12:00
Panel 1: Intellectual Property – Cradle to Grave
12:15 – 1:15
Lunch and Keynote Address – Bob Young , CEO and Founder, Lulu.com, Co-Founder, Red Hat
1:15 – 2:30
Panel 2: Financing the IP-Based Start-up
1:30 – 2:30
One-on-One with Bob Young – Room 1106 – By Invitation Only
2:30 – 2:45
2:45 – 3:45
Reception (Worrell Professional Center Courtyard)
Panel 1: Intellectual Property- Cradle to Grave.
Featuring Dean Stell, Daniel Egger, Michael Mireles, and Sibilla Nagel
Keynote: Bob Young
Panel 2: Financing the IP-Based Start Up
Featuring Merrill Mason, Sharon Presnell, Therese Maynard, and Martin Sinozich