Intellectual property (IP) has value, whether it be the copyright, trademark, invention or confidential information. As a person, and as a company, it is important to understand the ins and outs of IP. In this lecture we will introduce the IP basics, and move into the questions that typically confront the developer – use of code or data from the internet, patenting inventions, ownership rights to code, and more. The questions addressed will intertwine with problems that may come up during an acquisition of a company, and what the entrepreneurs can do at start, to avoid these problems.
Suzanne Erez is the IBM IP Counsel, for Israel and EMEA Research Labs. Among her responsibilities are due diligence and integration for acquisitions and mergers in Israel, clearance of divestitures, open source issues, code clearances, standard activities, IP transactions, trademarks, copyrights,invention protection – in both ILPTO and USPTO, and manager of the IBM IP department in Israel. In the past, Suzanne held the jobs of IBM IP Team lead for European Union Projects (H2020) and IBM Associate Patent Portfolio Manager responsible for semi- conductor patents.
Suzanne is registered to practice law in NY, and before the USPTO and ILPTO. In addition to her law degree, Suzanne has an BSME and MBA.