Licensing: What you need to know

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Date: Wednesday 26th September 2012

Time: 08.00 - 08.30am Registration & Breakfast

08.30 - 10:00am Programme including at least 30 minutes Q&A

Location: Sem 2, Innovation Centre, Northern Ireland Science Park, Queens Road, Belfast

Cost: Free of charge

Tel: 028 9073 7809


Licensing: What you need to know

26th September 2012

FRAMEWORKS WORKSHOPS PRESENTS: “Licensing: What you need to know”

by Forde Campbell LLC

Programme Overview:

You’ve developed your product, and the market is interested. But what sort of license arrangement do you need to have in order to deliver the product to customers while protecting your ownership of your product? Getting the correct legal arrangement is critically important, since the integrity of your ownership of your IP is central to the value of your company. This morning's seminar will provide an overview of licensing, including:

• what constitutes a license
• the key components of a license
• how IP owners can protect IP through licenses
• how IP owners can maximize corporate value through licenses
• the most common problems in licenses


The seminar will be led by Rory Campbell, partner at Northern Ireland’s media, IT and IP law firm Forde Campbell LLC.


Mathew Forde, Forde Campbell LLC

Who should attend:
Entrepreneurs, wantrepreneurs and businesses in the start-up phase.

Contact: Peter Edgar, Northern Ireland Science Park

Tel: 028 9073 7809 Email:

Note: Breakfast will be provided for attendees

Parking: Secured parking is available at 8am

Click HERE to register


About the Speakers

Rory Campbell

Rory is a commercial lawyer with a speciality in ICT law. He returned to Northern Ireland to join Forde Campbell LLC in 2007, and became a partner in 2009. Rory advises clients around the world ona daily basis on R&D, collaboration and licensing agreements and corporate and commercial structures in the software, digital media, bio-tech and general technology sectors.

Rory joined Forde Campbell LLC from Trowers & Hamlins, an international law practice based in the City of London, with whom Rory worked since 1994. From 2002 Rory was the firm’s lead ICT lawyer, advising private and public sector clients on transactions ranging from spin-offs and start–ups to £multi-million ICT PPP and PFI deals.

Rory holds a MA from Cambridge, and qualified as a lawyer in England in 1996 and in Northern Ireland in 2007. Rory is a member of the Society for Computers & Law, and author of the Intellectual Property Rights chapter of Local Government Contracts and Procurement (Tottel 2007).

Mathew Forde

Mathew is a commercial lawyer with a speciality in IP, entertainment and media law. He is the senior partner of Forde Campbell LLC, which he set up in 2006 to act as a vehicle for his IP licensing and protection expertise.

Before setting up Forde Campbell LLC, Mathew spent four years as head in-house lawyer of Northern Irish pharmaceutical company Norbrook Pharmaceuticals. Prior to Norbrook, Mathew was employed as a commercial litigator by City of London law firm Lawrence Graham from 1994. Mathew’s blend of in-house and private practise gives him extensive experience in advising industry on best practices for policing and licensing IP. Mathew has acted for clients in the UK in hearings before the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords / Privy Council. He also has extensive experience in litigating IP cases overseas.

Mathew holds a MA from Edinburgh University, and qualified as a lawyer in England in 1996 and in Northern Ireland in 2002.


About NISP’s Frameworks Entrepreneur Workshops

NISP offers ongoing educational opportunities for entrepreneurs building and growing innovative hitech, biotech or cleantech companies and offers member companies the opportunity to provide expert content to a responsive, interactive audience.


Many of today’s business founders and future entrepreneurs have scientific and technical backgrounds but have had limited experience in industry, so they often lack exposure to critical information which is essential to leading a start-up. To fill this gap, NISP offers Frameworks Entrepreneur Workshops to provide these bright leaders with the vocabulary, foundations and framework around which they can build awareness of the many disciplines they will oversee as “C” level managers”


NISP CONNECT is an independent, non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship by accelerating the growth of promising technologies and early stage companies. A collaboration between Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP), the University of Ulster, Queen's University, Belfast and AFBI (Agri Food & BioSciences Institute), NISP CONNECT acts as an ‘honest, neutral broker’ within the region.


NISP CONNECT focuses on:

•research institution support

•business creation and development

•entrepreneurial learning

•access to capital

•public policy advocacy

•awards, recognition and networking

……by mobilizing and leveraging the private sector’s best on a pro-bono basis

NISP CONNECT is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007 - 2013.


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