9:30 – 10:30 am PDT (12:30 – 1:30 pm EDT)
A discussion of cutting-edge IP-related red flags from recent M&A transactions, and how companies can manage their IP-related assets and liabilities to decrease risk, maximize transaction value and stay ahead of material IP issues.
Management of IP-related assets and liabilities is essential for many attorneys and tech professionals, whether or not they are frequently involved in M&A transactions. This will become even more important as deal activity picks up steam and more companies seek out (or become) acquisition targets. This presentation will highlight IP issues that may be uncovered during the transaction diligence process, with the goal of enabling attorneys and IP managers to get ahead of potential diligence issues.
Examples of topics that will be addressed include: issues in utilizing artificial intelligence, brand clearance, incorporation of open source components into proprietary software, IP ownership in foreign jurisdictions and “poison pills” in IP licensing arrangements.
- Erica Han, Partner at Ropes & Gray
- Georgina Jones Suzuki, Associate at Ropes & Gray
- Emily Karlberg, Counsel at Ropes & Gray
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ABOUT THE SPONSOR | Ropes & Gray
When clients come to Ropes & Gray, they find a global team of more than 1,500+ professionals, whose top-notch skills, varied backgrounds and unique perspectives can help them meet high-stakes challenges, solve complex problems and reach their goals. An international presence, the firm has offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dublin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.
For over 150 years, Ropes & Gray’s global intellectual property group has provided clients across the world with a broad spectrum of IP services, handling cutting-edge cases, transactions and other strategic matters. Our IP attorneys represent clients across a wide range of industries, including: technology, media and telecommunications; life sciences; retail and consumer products; private equity; financial services; health care; and education. Whether the goal is protecting IP assets, forming a venture, securing capital, developing technology, issuing securities, licensing IP rights or making acquisitions, our IP team stands ready to offer cohesive and comprehensive guidance.
Ropes & Gray has long been at the forefront of advancing the careers of women in the law. Today, more than 46 percent of our lawyers are women, and that percentage continues to grow. Women comprise nearly 32 percent of the partnership—well above industry average of 21 percent—and hold significant leadership positions in the firm, serving as department heads, practice group leaders and policy committee members.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Erica Han is a go-to advisor for global companies and investors seeking to maximize brand value and protect brand reputation in commercial transactions. Co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s consumer & retail industry initiative, a partner in the firm’s intellectual property transactions group, and former senior IP counsel at a leading global sportswear conglomerate, Erica draws on her deep and varied experience to advise on complex deals involving brands and consumer products, ongoing brand strategy, and other intellectual property matters.
Clients across industry sectors—including consumer goods, private equity, technology, sports, non-profits, and health care—regularly turn to Erica for her unique skillset. Erica brings substantive knowledge, particularly in the areas of trademarks, publicity rights, and eponymous brands, coupled with experience across a range of transactions. She assists clients with licensing & collaborations, whole business securitizations and other debt transactions, commercial arrangements in connection with bankruptcy/restructuring, supply chain transactions, sponsorship deals, and M&A, among others.
Georgina Jones Suzuki
Georgina Jones Suzuki is a strategic IP transactions attorney with a practice at the intersection of life sciences and technology. These transactions include technology licensing and transfer, collaborations, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, supply and distribution arrangements, royalty monetizations, and other strategic agreements. Her clients include public and private companies, academic institutions and investors, including global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and leading private equity funds. Georgina’s breadth of experience working with both life science and technology companies, as well as her secondment with a global pharmaceutical company, also enables her to advise clients in the digital health space (including on data, machine learning and artificial intelligence).
In addition, Georgina is a passionate advocate on health and immigration pro bono matters; her pro bono clients include RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and various U visa clients.
Emily Karlberg is counsel in Ropes & Gray’s intellectual property transactions group. She focuses her practice on complex intellectual property, technology and data privacy issues in connection with mergers and acquisitions, business divisions, spinoffs, carve-out transactions, divestitures, joint ventures, and commercial and licensing agreements.
Valued for her pragmatic and commercial approach, Emily has extensive experience structuring, drafting and negotiating a wide range of strategic partnerships, including cross-border transactions, joint ventures, partnering arrangements, strategic alliances and other collaborations. An important part of her practice involves counseling emerging growth clients on IP and technology issues arising from entity formation, corporate partnerships and integrations, and the development and commercialization of key technology and products. Emily works with clients at all stages of the business cycle and in a range of industries, including software, fintech, health care, digital health, media, educational technology and security. She also represents private equity investors and private equity-backed acquirors in structuring and negotiating acquisitions and investments.