Tuesday 9th March 2021, 11am – 12pm

What will the talk cover?

In this talk, Alistair will discuss some of the everyday practicalities of Intellectual Property (IP) and how it can affect business operations, opportunities for future investment and the value of a company.  The talk will also include examples of where IP has had positive effects on a business, where it has had a negative effect and learning points from the examples.

IP is a business asset and should be treated as such.  In view of this Alistair will also explore matters like IP ownership along with why a business may wish to invest in IP, how to tie this to a business strategy and why this is beneficial.

The talk is in association with Geovation, an Ordnance Survey initiative, now in its tenth year of existence.  Their aim is to make the UK the best place to launch and grow startups that use location or property data through their accelerator programme.  Geovation has grown to support a community of more than 1500 entrepreneurs, investors, developers, academics, students and corporate innovators.

Who will be speaking?

Alistair Holzhauer-Barrie is a UK and European Patent Attorney and Senior Associate at GJE with almost a decade of experience in the industry.

Alistair works with a wide range of technologies in the physics, engineering, electronics and software fields, drafting and prosecuting patents for medical devices, camera equipment, musical instrument interfaces and many others innovative products and processes.  In addition to this, Alistair focuses on advising start-ups and SMEs on intellectual property strategy and how to tailor their IP, including patents, to a business plan making sure the IP complements the strengths of a business and can be used to enhance the growth of a business.

The experience Alistair has gained from his focus on IP strategy, patent drafting and prosecution has led to him successfully obtaining grant of patents that protect products with multimillion sales values and playing a key role in the IP due diligence on a company acquisition worth tens of millions of pounds.