IMAGINE IF! Workshop #3: How to protect your IP?

Friday, December 13th 2019

21:25 – 21:25 (GMT)

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This workshop is part of the IMAGINE IF! competition and acceleration programme for start-ups.

This workshop is organised by Innovation Forum and Marks & Clerk jointly.

Marks & Clerk LLP
Marks & Clerk has long been recognised as one of the leading patent, trade mark attorney and intellectual property law firms across the globe, with eight offices across the UK and a further nine in North America and the Asia-Pacific. We can offer a comprehensive range of intellectual property services – covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. This includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic and commercial advice, licensing and other contracts, enforcement, due diligence and litigation.

The size and extent of our resources means that you will find expertise covering an incredibly diverse range of technology and industry sectors, all under one roof. Innovation is the life-blood of business and it is vital that you do not overlook the need to protect your intellectual property. From the capture and exploitation of an idea, to the enforcement or defence of rights in disputes Marks & Clerk is your expert partner to ensure your IP is protected and fully exploited. Today’s local is tomorrow’s global – and with our diverse team of practitioners, you’re always supported by a network of experts.

Esther Ford
Esther is a chartered (UK) and European patent attorney who is experienced in drafting and prosecuting patent applications worldwide, as well as managing large international patent portfolios. Her current practice focuses on the fields of Internet Service Provision, Oil/Gas recovery, power electronics and the Internet of Things. Esther also has significant experience representing clients at the EPO in oppositions and appeals (both defending and opposing.)

Simon Portman
Simon specialises as a commercial contact lawyer and is able to advice on a range of contracts including licences, RD collaborations, manufacturing agreements and procurement documentation.

The workshop will cover:

  • What is Intellectual Property?
  • Why is it important?
  • How to get from concept to patent application
  • Best practices and common mistakes
  • Commercialisation of IP
  • Considerations for making sure your company is a success
  • Contracts – common pitfalls
  • Particular issues linked with investment / M&A


18:00 - 18:10


18:10 - 19:10


19:10 - 20:00

Q&A and Networking


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