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Protecting and capitalising on IP in technology – Tuesday 30 June 2015

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
8:00 am - 10:00 am


Jack Birks
0191 211 7865

Muckle LLP, Lombard Technology Services Ltd and Tait Walker are jointly hosting a seminar to explain how businesses can protect their Intellectual Property (IP), capture the value of their intangible assets and release cash locked into the development of business critical software.

 The seminar will address:Muckle logo

  1. Protecting and defending your IP
  2. Releasing cash locked in software developmentLombard and Tait Walker logos
  3. How IP is valued and available tax reliefs

 1. Protecting and defending your IP

Alex Craig will talk about what IP is, ownership rights, the importance of written contracts when dealing with IP and what can go wrong when ownership rights and contractual intentions are not documented.

 2. Releasing cash locked in software development

David Forbes will talk about a Software Licence Solution from Lombard Technology Services (LTS) which is an innovative asset finance product that can support business growth by releasing precious cash locked in the development of business critical software.

When a business develops their own software and owns the IPR, this can be sold to LTS and LTS in turn licence the use of the software back to the business. Deals can be structured so that the commercial use of the software can be retained and controlled by client.

 3. How IP is valued and available tax reliefs

Chris McCourt will talk about how IP is typically valued, what that means in the context of valuing your business for a transaction or a sale and leaseback of IP, and how the tax reliefs available can enhance value if planned in the right way.

Speakers include:

Bob Paton

Bob Paton will chair the seminar and questions from the audience.

Bob is the Managing Director of the Accenture Delivery Centre, specialising in the implementation of large scale IT systems and is Chief Executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Some of Bob’s other roles include:

  • Non-Executive Chair of Regional Technology Centre North, a Sunderland based organisation;
  • Member of the Board of Sunderland University; and
  • Chair of Proposer Group for the recently approved University Technical College for IT/Health Care Science.
Alex Craig

Alex Craig, Partner at Muckle LLP

Alex is a partner and head of the commercial team at Muckle LLP.  Alex has over 15 years’ experience providing commercial contract and technology related advice across a variety of sectors.  Alex’s specialist knowledge is in IP protection, exploitation and maintenance and she has advised on various IP acquisitions and sales, is lead support on IP due diligence and works closely with colleagues on contentious IP matters.

David Forbes

David Forbes, Regional Sales Director at Lombard Technology Services Ltd (LTS)

David has worked for LTS for the last 6 years, having previously worked for Lombard North Central in a range of roles from sales through to more senior management positions in Corporate Asset Finance.

LTS specialises in tailoring financing solutions to fund business technology requirements. Alongside their people’s financial expertise, they also offer a comprehensive range of managed services.

Chris McCourt

Chris McCourt, Associate Partner at Tait Walker

Chris is an Associate Partner in Tait Walker’s Corporate Finance team and advises Technology, Media and Software companies and their shareholders. Chris has over 10 years of experience in Corporate Finance and also has held the role of Chief Operating Officer of the North East Chamber of Commerce.



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