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Startup Licensing 101: Licensing Process and Pre-Agreements
For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

In part two of this 5-part webinar series, the panelists will cover:
- The University technology circle of life
- Startup’s due diligence and evaluation
- University’s diligence
- Pre-license and other agreements, including CDAs, Letter Agreements, Option Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Inter-institutional Agreements, Sponsored Research Agreements

Subsequent parts of the series are:
• The Term Sheet; Financials of a License – (May 2021; exact date TBD)
• The License, Part 1 - License Primer; Reservation of Rights; Sublicensing; Change of Control; Reporting; Termination – July (exact date TBD)
• The License, Part 2 - The “Lawyer” Parts - Indemnities, Warranties, Liabilities; All Things Patents; Ownership; Name Use – September (exact date TBD)

Note that the license part of the series will only cover certain areas of the license agreement. These are areas often most discussed during negotiations, particularly with those unfamiliar with university license agreements.

Mar 23, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Lisa Norton
Associate Director, Innovation Development @University of Washington CoMotion
Lisa joined CoMotion in May 2004 and manages a portfolio of medical devices and biomaterials technologies, with a primary focus on ultrasound and medical imaging. She works with UW innovators to define intellectual property rights, evaluate marketing and regulatory processes, create commercialization strategies, and license their technologies. Before joining CoMotion in May 2004, she was a Senior Applications Scientist at Combimatrix, a Washington biotech startup.
Nakisha Holder
Associate Portfolio Director @Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures
Nakisha Holder is an Associate Director of Licensing at Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) focusing on life science technologies. In this capacity she manages a team of licensing managers focused on evaluating, patenting, and commercializing JHU inventions. She also manages a large portfolio of diagnostic and therapeutic technologies with a goal of marketing, negotiating and executing licenses toward the development of products that will bring the benefit of JHU discoveries to the world.
Rick Friedman
CEO and Founder @NovusGC, Professional Law Corporation
Rick Friedman is the CEO and Founder of NovusGC, a law firm focused on providing business-oriented General Counsel services at an affordable price to startups, innovators and early-stage investors. Rick’s prior experience includes serving in senior roles in large law firms, heading up the technology transfer licensing teams at USC and UT Austin, and serving in general counsel roles with public and venture-backed technology companies. Rick teaches Technology Transactions at the USC Gould School of Law as an Adjunct Professor.