On December 9, 2014, CincyIP welcomes Kelly McDow (P&G) and Tom Ryan (International Paper) to discuss issues with IP Due Diligence.
Intellectual property is frequently a focal point in various business transactions including mergers & acquisitions, private equity deals, venture capital, securitization, and licensing. IP attorneys should be involved at an early point to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the IP under consideration and the ability to commercialize products that are supported by the IP. The IP attorney should also provide input on the deal documents to the extent the provisions of those documents affect IP ownership, transfer, and other considerations. IP attorneys, in turn, must learn to understand the mechanics and goals of the transaction so as to properly advise corporate counsel as to these matters. Kelly and Tom will examine and discuss the role of the IP professional in a business transaction, and will touch on the various issues to be examined when preparing and executing a deal. They will present issues related to intellectual property due diligence, chain of title, warranties/covenants related to IP, inter-party licensing issues, as well as touch on the different types of transactions and what role IP may play in those transactions.
PLEASE NOTE!! CincyIP Meetings run from 12:00 until 1:15 in the afternoon. We will start promptly at noon, so please be sure to arrive on time so the speakers can get started right away.