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IP strategy for FinTech start-ups and SMEs

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An Intellectual Property Awareness Network (IPAN) online event for World IP Day. In partnership with the Intellectual Property Office and Nottingham Trent University

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Every business starts with an idea.  IP rights are powerful tools for FinTech start-ups and SMEs to create economic value and advance their business goals. The 2021 World IP Day campaign shines a light on the critical role of SMEs in the economy and how they can use IP rights to build more competitive and resilient businesses.
Speakers include:

John Ogier (Moderator)
Intellectual Property Awareness Network

John was formerly Registrar of Intellectual Property in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where he established the Guernsey IPO, developing IP legislation and international agreements. As an IP Economist, he has an interest in IP and finance for SMEs.

John will lead a panel of industry, law and university specialists who will explore trends in FinTech and IP rights protection and strategy, followed by a Q&A panel discussion aimed at FinTech entrepreneurs.

Alessandro Hatami
Co-founder of The Pacemakers
Author of Reinventing banking and finance: frameworks to navigate global FinTech navigation

Alessandro Hatami is the founder of and a practitioner of digital transformation in finance for over 15 years, holding executive roles at the Lloyds Banking Group, PayPal, PayPoint and GE Capital. He is a well-known figure in fintech transformation and is a frequent speaker at events across the globe. He is a Non-Exec in a leading UK challenger bank.

Alessandro is author of Reinventing banking and finance (Kogan Page) rated as best book on banking of 2021 by Investopedia in the US.

Jane Lambert
Barrister specialising in IP and technology
Author Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights: A Concise Guide for Businesses, Innovative and Creative Individuals 2009

Jane Lambert is founder of NIPC Law, specialising in advising start-ups. She is a member of the UK IP and Chancery Bar Associations and the Northern Circuit and author of Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights: A Concise Guide for Businesses, Innovative and Creative Individuals (2009).

Jane will discuss the decision in FinTech Patents Case Communisis Plc v The TALL Group of Companies Ltd (2020).

Dr Fernando Da Cruz Vasconcellos
Valuation Consulting
IP at the forefront of FinTech Start Ups

Dr Fernando Da Cruz Vasconcellos, PhD, is Director of Investment Strategy and Valuation at Valuation Consulting, based in London.  He is experienced in financial modelling, venture valuation and IP valuation. He works with start-ups, SMEs, and corporations on due diligence, strategic management, investor positioning, and on valuing businesses and intangible assets, including IP rights.

He will discuss ‘IP at the forefront of FinTech Start Ups’.

Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen
IP Finance Expert
University of Indiana, USA

Professor Xuan-Thao is Director of the Center for IP & Innovation at Indiana University. Her research and management interests include banking and finance, contracts and IP law.  

Professor Xuan-Thao will speak on ‘Developments in using IP rights to secure finance’.

Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt
Associate Professor
Nottingham Law School

Janice Denoncourt is Associate Professor at Nottingham Law School, UK where her research involves intangibles, intellectual property, finance, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, and emerging technology law. She was previously a corporate lawyer and Head of IP with MinterEllison (Perth, Australia) and Head of Legal Affairs for a large UK private company.  Janice founded and leads Nottingham Law School’s  Intellectual Property Research Group.

Janice will speak on ‘FinTech start-ups, SMEs and the role of corporate governance’.

IP courses at NLS

LLM Intellectual Property Law

Students explore the internationally important area of Intellectual Property Law and learn how intellectual property rights impinge on many commercial areas.

Certificate in Intellectual Property Basic Litigation Skills - Patent Attorney

The Certificate in Intellectual Property Basic Litigation Skills for Patent Attorneys is accredited by IPReg.

Pursuant to the New Qualification Regime for Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney Litigators (January 2014), IPReg expects every newly qualified attorney to have attended and passed a basic litigation course within three years of the year in which they qualify.

Success in the assessments entitles candidates to apply to IPReg for the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.

NLS Intellectual Property Research Group

Intellectual property rights are property rights in something intangible and they reward innovation and creative activity. The Intellectual Property Research Group is led by Janice Denoncourt and aims to lead research in this field within the East Midlands region. The focus of the group is on:

  • IP law and practice
  • IP law education
  • IP commercialisation
  • IP finance and corporate governance
  • Data protection

Located within Nottingham Law School, the IP Research Group comprises staff who engage in research and conference presentations as well as teaching on programmes including:

  • Undergraduate LLB
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial Intellectual Property
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Professional Qualification
  • Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice.
  • Staff are also willing to supervise MPhil and PhD students in the IP law field.

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