A corporate lawyer must address a myriad of issues when called on to assist in a merger, acquisition or corporate financing transaction. If the company being acquired or financed has intellectual property assets, the first order of business should be to enlist the aid of IP counsel.

Although it is likely in transactions of this type that corporate counsel will experience some degree of sleep deficit, hopefully there will be fewer sleepless nights if an IP attorney is part of the due diligence team. Certain IP-related issues are readily dealt with by experienced corporate counsel. Frequently, however, corporate counsel lacks the time, specific IP legal expertise or technology-specific knowledge required to identify and resolve issues involving intellectual property assets — issues that may significantly affect the valuation of the company involved in the corporate transaction.

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