Greg Leibold to give IP presentation at ACC Fall Frenzy

September 28, 2016

Denver, CO

Greg Leibold, a partner in the Denver office of Merchant & Gould, will be a featured speaker at the Association of Corporate Counsel - Colorado Chapter Fall Frenzy event in Denver, Colorado on Sept. 28, 2016.

Protecting IP in the Face of Increasing “Coopetition”: Key Considerations in Joint Development Agreements
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
3:00–3:50 p.m.

“We are going to jointly develop Product Gamechanger with Company X.”
“Isn’t Company X a competitor of ours?”
“Yes, but not in this market. Not really anyway. So can you put together an agreement by tomorrow? Oh, and make sure you protect our IP. I don’t trust those guys. Thanks.”

If you haven’t had that conversation yet, it’s probably coming. Open innovation is on the rise. In an effort to increase speed to market, more and more companies are willing to use the entire market to develop products rather than just internal resources. With that speed to market, however, come complex questions of how to protect your company’s intellectual property position. In this session, we will explore:

  • Opportunities and risks of collaborative Innovation
  • How best to define buckets of “mine,” “yours,” “ours” before
  • you start
  • Define a path to successful commercialization
  • Define an acceptable “divorce”
  • Manage internal expectations


  • Stacy Carter, General Counsel, Sphero
  • Gregory Leibold, Partner, Merchant & Gould P.C.
  • David D. Wier, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Level 3 Communications

ACC Fall Frenzy
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
Grand Hyatt Denver, Pinnacle Club on 38th floor
1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80202

1:30 p.m. Registration
2:00–5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
5:15-6:15 p.m. General Session
6:15 p.m. Cocktails, Appetizers & Networking

Merchant & Gould is proud to support this seminar.

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