Selwyn B. Goldberg, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Richard J. Lutton, Jr, chief patent counsel, Apple Inc; Mark F. Radcliffe, DLA Piper LLP (US)
An-all star faculty will examine the reasons for a shift in the role of intellectual property, and particularly patents, in corporate M&A transactions.
In the past, in the world of high-tech M&A, patent analysis has been relegated to the later due diligence stages of transactions. Now, all that has changed, and strategic patent value has been a driving force in some very significant recent M&A transactions.
A faculty that includes current and former corporate IP counsel from Apple, Cisco, Google, Kodak, Intel, JDSU, Nortel and Yahoo, as well as Silicon Valley outside counsel, will explore the following issues: the historical value of IP-driven M&A; the factors responsible for the recent shift in IP-driven M&A; the importance of market context: mobile devices versus life sciences; how traditional investment bankers look at IP-centric deals; mastering the challenges of estimating risk-adjusted patent value; best practices in diligencing quality and impact of large patent portfolios; and what’s ahead, IP gold rush or patent bubble?