Event description

Technological advancements in plant-based and cultivated meat  show promise in mitigating the environmental impact of our food system, decreasing the risk of zoonotic disease, and ultimately feeding more people with fewer resources. This webinar from the Good Food Institute and Haynes and Boone, LLP,  will provide an overview of how to strategically build out intellectual property protection (e.g., patents, trade secrets, etc.) for innovation in this space. Haynes and Boone partners Roger Kuan, Jason Novak, Ben Pelletier, and Roger Royse will offer insights on how emerging companies can best position themselves for success—from choosing the right corporate structure to approaching raising capital from venture capital and private equity firms.  

Topics include: 

  • Overview of the types of intellectual property protection
  • When to use patents vs. trade secrets
  • How to choose the right corporate structure
  • Preparing for financing 
  • Exit planning
  • Audience Q&A.

Speakers

Roger Kuan is a Partner at Haynes and Boone and chair of the Precision Medicine and Digital Health Practice Group, where he counsels companies that are uniquely positioned in the convergence of the life/medical sciences and technology industries on how to successfully navigate the complexities of the intellectual property (IP), data rights and regulatory challenges they encounter.

Roger has extensive experience in IP strategy and portfolio management (utility/design patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress), data rights strategy, licensing and technology transactions, freedom-to-operate clearances, enforcement, monetization, IP due diligence, and dispute resolution. His practice is focused in the life sciences sector (e.g., research tools, analytical instrumentation/software, digital therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, biomanufacturing equipment, etc.) with an emphasis in emerging technologies such as Precision Medicine (e.g., genomic sequencing platforms, AI/ML, computational genomics/bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics, companion diagnostics, etc.), Digital Health (e.g., mobile apps, clinical decision support, software, digital therapeutics, AI/ML Imaging Diagnostics, wearables, etc.) and 3D printing/bioprinting.

Jason Novak is a Partner in Haynes and Boone’s San Francisco office, where he focuses on advising entities, both large and small, on the various legal issues that can arise with emerging technologies in the food, healthcare and life sciences industries. Food and Biotech, as well as Tech and Biotech, are traditionally disparate technologies that, when blended together to form many of our most exciting new technologies, bring forth a combination of unique and interrelated legal issues.

Jason has extensive experience in IP strategy and patent portfolio management, preparation and prosecution, oppositions, counseling, licensing and technology transactions, in and out-licensing program development, freedom-to-operate, various types of due diligence, IP training, and risk recognition and management. He directs that experience to clients in various industries, particularly in the food, medical device, personalized/precision medicine, digital health, and life sciences tooling industries.

Ben Pelletier is a partner in the Precision Medicine and Digital Health Practice Group in Haynes and Boone’s San Francisco office.

His practice focuses on advising clients in the complex and fast-evolving areas of biology, medicine, engineering, and data science. Ben has significant experience building patent portfolios relating to monoclonal antibodies and antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), CAR-T cells, stem cells, tissue engineering, 3D bioprinting, biosensors, molecular biology and cellular processing workflows, microfluidics, genomic sequencing, and bioinformatics, as well as companion diagnostic assay systems and devices.

Roger Royse is a corporate and tax partner in the Palo Alto office of Haynes & Boone, LLP, an AmLaw 100 law firm. Roger is a Northern California Super Lawyer, is AV Peer-Rated by Martindale Hubbell, and has a “Superb” rating from Avvo. Roger is also the organizer of Silicon Valley AgTech and Silicon Valley AgTech Conference. Roger has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox Business, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Tax Notes, Inc. Magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, China Daily, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, The Recorder, 7X7, Business Insurance and Fast Company.

Upcoming events

View all events
Remote conference call on a red laptop at a cafe

Ask GFI: Alt. Protein Careers

Are you interested in working in alternative protein? Join SciTech associate director Dr. Erin Rees Clayton to learn more about…

Https://gfi. Org/wp content/uploads/2021/06/cor pbs online seminar series ellersick website header featured image

Techno economic models: Turning good food technologies into good food businesses

Techno Economic Assessment models (TEA’s or TEM’s) are one of the first elements of a business plan for any alternative…

Https://gfi. Org/wp content/uploads/2021/06/event banner microbial proteins

Microbial proteins: Overview and best practices

Join this webinar hosted by Protein Directory and Bright Green Partners for an overview on successfully entering and navigating the…

Group of grey mushrooms
Virtual Event

Fantastic fungi and mischievous molds: The role of fungi in advancing the science of alternative proteins

Join Dr. Josephine Wee, Assistant Professor of Food Science at The Pennsylvania State University, as she discusses how fungal mycelium…

Woman taking notes while typing on a laptop

GFI Israel webinar: Cultivated meat and plant-based meat research

GFI Israel is excited to invite you to join a scientific webinar with Sharon Schlesinger, Ph.D. who will present her…

Likemeat burger in white paper being held in front of a purple background

Plant-based taste mastered

Creating a great tasting and sustainable plant-based product can be a complex, costly, and challenging process. Learn from an expert…

Https://gfi. Org/wp content/uploads/2021/05/event banner wsjgff
Virtual Event

WSJ Global Food Forum

The Wall Street Journal’s Global Food Forum will tackle the critical issue of sustainability across the food industry and agricultural…

Https://gfi. Org/wp content/uploads/2021/03/event banner generic webinar

Future Food-Tech Alternative Protein Summit

Future Food-Tech’s new dedicated Alternative Proteins Summit on June 22-23 will connect global food leaders to map out the future…