The UK Minister of State for energy and Intellectual Property, Amanda Solloway, will open this World IP Day online panel discussion.

This IPAN event is held with the support of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Nottingham Law School (NLS), part of Nottingham Trent University. John Ogier, IPAN Chairman, will lead a panel of industry, law, and academic professionals. They will explore trends in FinTech and IP protection and strategy.

Every business starts with an idea.  IP rights are powerful tools for FinTech start-ups and SMEs to create economic value and advance their business goals. The 2021 World IP Day campaign shines a light on the critical role of SMEs in the economy and how they can use IP rights to build more competitive and resilient businesses.

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John Ogier (Moderator)
Intellectual Property Awareness Network

John was formerly Registrar of Intellectual Property in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, where he established the Guernsey IPO, developing IP legislation and international agreements. As an IP Economist, he has an interest in IP and finance for SMEs.

Alessandro Hatami
Co-founder of The Pacemakers
Author of Reinventing banking and finance (Kogan Page, 2020)

Alessandro Hatami is the founder of and a practitioner of digital transformation in finance for over 15 years, holding executive roles at the Lloyds Banking Group, PayPal, PayPoint and GE Capital. He is a well-known figure in fintech transformationand is a frequent speaker at events across the globe.He is a Non-Exec in a leading UK challenger bank.

Alessandro is author of Reinventing banking and finance (Kogan Page) rated as best book on banking of 2021 by Investopedia in the US.

Jane Lambert
Barrister specialising in IP and technology
Author Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights: A Concise Guide for Businesses, Innovative and Creative Individuals

Jane Lambert is founder of NIPC Law, specialising in advising start-ups. She is a member of the UK IP and Chancery Bar Associations and the Northern Circuit and author of Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights: A Concise Guide for Businesses, Innovative and Creative Individuals (2009).

Jane will discuss the decision in FinTech Patents Case Communisis Plc v The TALL Group of Companies Ltd (2020).

Dr Fernando Da Cruz Vasconcellos
Director of Investment Strategy
Valuation Consulting

Dr Fernando Da Cruz Vasconcellos, PhD, is Director of Investment Strategy and Valuation at Valuation Consulting, based in London. He is experienced in financial modelling, venture valuation and IP valuation. He works with start-ups, SMEs, and corporations on due diligence, strategic management, investor positioning, and on valuing businesses and intangible assets, including IP rights.

He will discuss ‘IP at the forefront of FinTech Start Ups’.

Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen
IP Finance Expert
University of Indiana, USA

Professor Xuan-Thao is Director of the Center for IP & Innovation at Indiana University. Her research and management interests include banking and finance, contracts and IP law.

Professor Xuan-Thao will speak on ‘Developments in using IP rights to secure finance’.

Associate Professor Dr Janice Denoncourt
Associate Professor
Nottingham Law School

Janice Denoncourt is Associate Professor at Nottingham Law School, UK where her research involves intangibles, intellectual property, finance, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, and emerging technology law. She was previously a corporate lawyer and Head of IP with MinterEllison (Perth, Australia) and Head of Legal Affairs for a large UK private company. Janice founded and leads Nottingham Law School’s Intellectual Property Research Group.

Janice will speak on ‘FinTech start-ups, SMEs and the role of corporate governance’.