Software Really Is Eating the World: How Your Company’s Intellectual Property Has Become Central to Protecting Ongoing Revenues and Enhancing Exit Value in an Ultra-Competitive Economy
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In 2011, the Wall Street Journal published a widely-read article “Why Software Is Eating the World,” which described the industrial disruption being caused by the software revolution—a trend that continues. This seminar will focus on a key consequence of that disruption: the profound shift to intellectual property as the basis for profits, and what you can do to capitalize on it.
1. Intellectual property value hidden in an ongoing business, and how to unlock that value
2. Why and how intellectual property adds value to a business
3. Corporate arrangements for holding intellectual property to maximize the benefits to the seller
4. Protecting a business’ information and technology
5. How major multinational corporations maximize their intellectual property value
6. How M&A advisors should position your intellectual property in a sell-side process
Who Should Attend:
• Business owners
• Technology company C-level executives (CEOs, CFOs, COOs) and board members
• Private equity funds
• Potential buyers
• Technology licensing professionals
Brian Foody, CEO, Iogen Corporation, headquartered in Ottawa, Canada. Brian formed the company’s critical strategic alliances with major companies such as Shell Oil Company, Volkswagen, and Raizen, Brazil’s leading sugar cane processor with $30 billion in annual revenue. Under his leadership, Iogen built a successful global industrial enzyme business, which it sold for $80 million in 2013. Significant portions of this transaction included technology-driven products and intellectual property-related valuation. Brian is a named inventor on approximately 230 patent filings worldwide. He holds three degrees in Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all received in 1980.
Mark Kravietz, Managing Director and Partner, MK Wealth Management at HighTower. Mark specializes in exit planning and related financial, investment and estate planning. He holds the Certified Financial Planner™ and Certified Investment Management Analyst® designations from the Wharton School of Business, and the prestigious accreditation of Certified Exit Planning Advisor® from the University of Chicago’s Booth Business School. He is a founding member and President of the New York Chapter of the Exit Planning Institute, and a founding Registered Player Financial Advisor for the National Football League Players Association.
Mark Gaeto, Managing Director, Falcon Capital Partners, LLC. Mark has more than 25 years of experience in the information technology industry as an owner, senior executive, sales executive, investor and advisor to leading software and IT services companies. He has helped business owners and CEOs with exit planning, strategic visioning, go-to-market strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transfer. Among other accomplishments, Mark invested in and operated ISC, a SAP implementation firm, and subsequently orchestrated a highly successful sale of ISC to a NYSE firm, securing one of the highest valuations received for an IT service company. Prior to ISC, Mark was a global account executive at several leading technology companies, including SAP America Inc., and had founded The Alesco Group, a growth advisor to small and mid-market technology firms.
Robert H. Fischer, Special Counsel, McCarter & English, LLP. Bob has more than 30 years of legal experience that has given him first-hand exposure to the entrepreneurs and technologies that have changed our world. He has had major responsibility for the intellectual property aspects of large transactions, including joint venture formations, refinancings and the sales of businesses, as well as evaluations of the intellectual property positions, from both asset and competitive viewpoints, of contemplated acquisitions. He is a member of the New York State bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law, teaching a patent law course.
David Broderick, Partner, McCarter & English, LLP. David, a member of the Corporate, Securities and Business Transactions Group, as well as a member of the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies practice, will moderate the panel presentation. His practice includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and strategic investments, public and private securities offerings and joint ventures.
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This program is hosted by Falcon Capital Partners LLC, McCarter & English, LLP and Exit Planning Institute.