An online, informative and hands-on workshop on how to protect your intellectual property and leverage it as an asset to attract investment.

With guest facilitators:

  • Dr Barbara Fleck, Partner and Patent Attorney at Appleyard Lees
  • Julia Gwilt, Partner and Patent Attorney at Appleyard Lees
  • Rachel Bradley, Partner, IP, IT & Commercial at Penningtons Manches Cooper

Intellectual Property (IP) can be a springboard for success for smaller companies and make all the difference to a business, especially in gaining access to funding. While start-ups and small companies are often aware that they very much depend on their IP, they sometimes lack the resources, expertise and tools to manage their IP.

Barbara Fleck and Julia Gwilt of Appleyard Lees IP and Rachel Bradley of Penningtons Manches Cooper and will be leading this interactive IP workshop. Topics will focus on practical advice on how to protect your IP (including how to protect patents and trade secrets/confidential information) and leverage these assets to attract investment. We will also discuss the importance of protecting IP assets in your interactions and agreements with research collaborators and partners. Together we will work through scenarios and common pitfalls in IP strategies, covering topics such as ownership, when to file for protection and how to minimise costs, and key terms to consider when negotiating contracts.

You will also get the chance to e-meet our speakers over facilitated breakout sessions.

EnterpriseWOMEN is an outcome-driven and highly-focused programme. The workshops are tailored for early-stage women entrepreneurs who are starting or scaling their businesses. Registration is essential.

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Schedule (UK time)

09:30-09:45 Chair’s welcome, Dr Ghina M. Halabi
09:45-10:25 How to protect your IP: patents, trade secrets and confidential information
10:25-10:40 Q&A and Break
10:40-11:20 Case study, scenarios and common pitfalls – IP strategies, ownership, negotiating contracts
11:20-11:50 Networking
11:50-12:00 Wrap up

Speaker bios

Dr Barbara Fleck.Dr Barbara Fleck, Partner and Patent Attorney, Appleyard Lees

Barbara is a Partner and Patent Attorney in Appleyard Lees’ Life Sciences team. Her practice encompasses a wide range of technologies within the Life Sciences and many of her clients are start-ups, spin-outs and SMEs.

Barbara provides advice on incorporating IP strategy into a business plan, capturing inventions, patent application filing programmes and freedom to operate analysis. Barbara has seen her clients through multiple funding rounds by providing invaluable assistance during the IP due diligence process.

Barbara has experience working as in-house counsel for a Cambridge based biotech company – this enables her to understand the needs and constraints of small and medium biotech companies seeking investment.

Julia Gwilt.Julia Gwilt, Partner and Patent Attorney, Appleyard Lees

Julia is a Partner and Patent Attorney in Appleyard Lees’ software and electronics team. Julia has worked in the patent profession in the Cambridge area for over twenty years and in January 2017 opened our Cambridge office.

Julia’s mathematics background is a natural fit to her work on software-implemented inventions including bioinformatics and communication networks but also provides a springboard for working in other technological sectors. She has extensive experience in providing strategic advice both in relation to patent prosecution and contentious matters.

Julia’s clients include multinational companies as well as small companies and Universities. She is keen to help clients understand more about intellectual property (IP) through personalised training programs.

Rachel Bradley.Rachel Bradley, Partner, IP, IT & Commercial, Penningtons Manches Cooper

Rachel Bradley is a partner in the IP, IT and Commercial team at Penningtons Manches Cooper law firm in Cambridge. Rachel specialises in advising clients in the tech and life sciences industries on a broad range of non-contentious IP and commercial matters, and drafting and negotiating commercial agreements, including trade mark and copyright licences, patent and know-how licences, confidentiality agreements, collaboration agreements, clinical trial agreements and more. Her clients range from biotech and tech companies, to NHS trusts, charities and academic and research institutions. She previously worked as in-house corporate counsel for MedImmune/AstraZeneca, before joining Penningtons Manches Cooper in 2015.

Rachel is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars, in particular at events focussed on the life sciences industry, relating to commercial, IP and data protection issues. This year, Rachel attended a Women in Biotech event to celebrate International Women’s Day and also the launch event for a new not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to promote STEM and support females at the early stages of their careers, called Women Ahead of their Time. Penningtons Manches Cooper are a sponsor of this organisation.

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Date: 23 September 2020
Start Time: 09:30
End Time: 12:00

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Date: 23 September 2020
Start Time: 09:30
End Time: 12:00