HOUSTON, November 11-14, 2018 – Robert Lord, one of the intellectual property attorneys and the patent prosecution practice leader at Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kabasta PC (FBFK), recently lectured at the 2018 Xuzhou International Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Exchange Summit organized by IP Development Research Center of China National Intellectual Property Administration and Jiang Su Government in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.
Robert’s lecture focused on four main topics. First, he discussed strategic determinations of the proper intellectual property to effectively protect innovation. Second, he talked about carefully procuring intellectual property to maximize value. Third, he presented an overview of best practices to maintain and leverage intellectual property. Finally, he addressed ways to monetize intellectual property.
A clear message from the Summit, where very knowledgeable and experienced speakers from both China and the United States exchanged ideas to improve technology transfer between the two countries, was that quality of the intellectual property (rather than quantity) was the new focus. The hope is that as the higher quality patents are packaged and promoted by Chinese entities to markets outside China, the interest in technology transfer will increase. A few universities in China have successfully licensed several of its biomedical and high technology portfolios both within and outside China and are providing examples of how to successfully transfer technology; however, these universities are the exception. A substantial amount of time was spent at the conference learning from some of the top universities in the United States how to develop successful technology transfer offices.
With the experience gained at prominent events such as this Summit, FBFK is uniquely positioned to provide both intellectual property and commercial business advice to companies seeking to work with Chinese entities on transactions involving intellectual property. FBFK attorneys not only understand the legal issues but are also sensitive to the cultural aspects involved in negotiating and successfully completing transactions involving intellectual property throughout Asia. The Summit also allowed FBFK to hone its existing skill set used to assist universities of all sizes with setting up or improving the performance of its technology transfer office.
Robert is a United States patent attorney and has been registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office for almost 20 years. He currently manages almost 3,500 active patent matters, along with several litigation matters. Last year his clients were collectively awarded at least one granted patent every other day.
Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC is a full-service business law firm located in Plano, Texas, with additional offices in Houston, Texas, and Silicon Valley, California. We focus on providing exceptional counsel and value. Our attorneys have a breadth and depth of experience covering Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Securities, Employment Law, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Patent/Trademark/Trade Dress/Copyright Litigation, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Litigation and Mediation, and Estate Planning
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