How to Avoid Common IP Pitfalls in Energy Industry Joint Ventures and Collaborations (RECORDING)

Joint ventures (JVs) and other collaborations are becoming increasingly important across the energy sector. They can help lower costs, spread risk, meet technical challenges, open new markets, and navigate ongoing price volatility. But JVs and other collaborations also create many potential pitfalls for your IP portfolio.

Panelists will discuss practical tips for avoiding common IP pitfalls, including:

• What due diligence should you perform before teaming up with another company (or even an industry competitor)?
• What is the best way to define the scope of your rights and document your company’s IP contributions to the JV or collaboration?
• Special considerations for protecting trade secrets, know-how, and data;
• Ownership considerations for any jointly owned IP created during the course of the collaboration; and
• Thinking ahead to the conclusion of the collaboration.

Charles Collins-Chase

Partner

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Charles Collins-Chase, a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office, focuses on district court patent litigation and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where he served as a clerk. He uses his chemical engineering background to help clients protect innovations in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, energy and renewables, and chemical products. He has assisted numerous clients in Hatch-Waxman (ANDA) litigation.

Pamela McCollough

Associate Counsel

Shell Oil Company

Pam McCollough holds a J.D. degree from The University of Houston Law Center and a B.S. degree in Chemistry and English from The University of Alabama. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and is also registered to practice before the USPTO. Pam began her career as a chemist at Texaco while attending law school.  Following law school, she joined Shell where she has provided a broad range of intellectual property counsel to Shell’s upstream, downstream, and integrated gas businesses for more than thirty-five years.  Pam’s current practice is focused on strategic projects and IP agreement and transactional support to Shell’s renewables and energy solutions business. 

KaRan Reed

Assistant General Counsel

BP America, Inc.

KaRan Reed is based in Houston, TX and has been licensed to practice law for over 20 years. She is BP's Assistant General Counsel and attended the University of Houston Law Center.

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