Tue 07 Mar 17 at Aberdeen Asset Management, London
In 1975, 80% of the value of quoted companies was attributed to tangible assets that were visible on a company’s balance sheet. Now that has changed and 80% of the value of quoted companies is attributed to IP and other intangible assets. This is an incredible turnaround that to this day has not been fully appreciated.
This event, brought to you by CFA UK’s Innovative Technologies Special Interest Group, features two expert speakers, one a lawyer and the other a valuation expert. The talk will explain the process of filing a patent, leasing, protecting and valuing it.
Partner, Marks & Clerk
Thomas advises clients in the field of technology, particularly in electronics on internet related subject matter and computer-implemented inventions. Thomas is active in protecting inventions in the cleantech and medical devices field.
Thomas has worked on patent applications relating to non-volatile semiconductor storage devices, data processing and exchange, mobile telecommunications, smart grid related inventions, waste reduction and medical imaging, to name a few. Thomas also has experience in contentious related matters, including European oppositions and litigation.
Thomas graduated with a diploma in biomedical engineering from the University of Applied Science in Ulm (Germany) and went on to obtain his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research.
Having qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney in 2007, in 2014 Thomas became one of the few professionals to also qualify as a Patentanwalt (German Patent Attorney).
In the LMG Life Sciences Guide 2014, Thomas is listed as a ‘Life Sciences Star’ for his work in the medical devices area. He is also commended in the inaugural Who's Who Legal - Patent Agents, which refers to him as a “definite inclusion on any list”.
Managing Partner, Valuation Consulting LLP
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in psychology and philosophy, Robert trained as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in London, qualifying in 1985. He then transferred to Deloitte in Jersey and rose to Principal. He helped develop Deloitte’s forensic accounting business, advising on business and asset valuations in commercial and matrimonial disputes and acted as expert witness in a major criminal court case.
After a spell as a director of Deloitte’s Jersey trust company, Robert became a Co-Owner and Director, eventually becoming Group Finance Director of an independent Jersey trust company responsible for developing the business in Europe and then in the UK and Ireland.
In 1999, Robert established a niche wealth management business for professional sportsmen, coaches and their advisers. The company specialised in the valuation and structuring of image rights and sporting media. During this period, he was responsible for establishing, valuing, acquiring and selling a number of businesses and books of business which led to his involvement with Valuation Consulting.
In 2011, Robert assisted with re-establishing Valuation Consulting following their departure from BNP Paribas. He has been a Partner of Valuation Consulting since December 2011, specialising in the valuation of intellectual property and intangible asset rich businesses and individually patents, trademarks, copyright and brands in contentious and non-contentious areas. Robert is very experienced in writing reports for the judicial process including presenting testimony.