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EEC February Webinar: Licensing and IP considerations when working with start-ups in emerging fields
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Emerging Enterprises February Webinar

When: Monday, February 26, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m. Eastern
Where: United States
Contact: Susan Houchins

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 Emerging Enterprises Committee Webinar

Licensing and IP considerations when working with start-ups in emerging fields


Wed., February 26, 2018

Price: Free



12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Central)
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Mountain)
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Pacific)



The licensing professional has a responsibility to guide the start-up in developing and licensing its IP portfolio. Existing patent rights are not the only consideration. The transfer of know-how and co-development considerations must be contemplated. How do we ensure that the start-up are well protected in the marketplace.

Attendees will gain and walk away with:

  • Better understanding of common pitfalls for start-ups
  • Best practices with IP-related agreements and IP coverage
  • Fitting those best practices within the business reality




Natalie Raffoul - Managing Partner, Clancy P.C. + Brion Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul is a managing partner with recognized expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter.   That recognition includes being ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by The World Leading Patent Professional’s IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014, and in 2017, shortlisted as one of seven (7) most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada.  She was also recently recognized in the Women in Law Awards 2015 by Lawyer Monthly Magazine (UK).

Natalie’s success stems in large part from a passion for spurring innovation in the tech sector since her career start in 2000.  Ms. Raffoul works closely with companies to develop and refine IP procurement strategies within the context of a particular company’s business goals and environment. 

As a lawyer, Natalie also works with her clients on IP enforcement issues in the pre-litigation context.  She has negotiated numerous successful agreements for her clients, that cover IP rights in Canada and globally.  She is also experienced in drafting customized IP ownership agreements, software license and service agreements, end-user license agreements (EULAs), Material transfer agreements (MTAs), and non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

Natalie holds a degree in electrical engineering from Western University (London, Canada) and a Juris Doctor in law from Queen’s University (Kingston, Canada).  She is also a registered patent agent.



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