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August 4, 2019

Last May, I attended the Intellectual Property Symposium hosted by the Canadian Council of Innovators and the Business Development Bank of Canada.

The event was a first in its kind in Canada…bringing together investors, financiers, academics and the government. The intention was to start a conversation on what can be done to get the various stakeholders involved more comfortable in leveraging the intellectual property assets of Canadian technology companies, which in turn will improve their competitiveness.

This event clearly lines-up w...

December 1, 2018

Domain names are virtual real estate: If your grandmother purchased a piece of oceanfront property 70 years ago for $1500 and today it’s worth $5,000,000, would anyone question the value of the property?"

I recently had the pleasure of presenting the topic of Secured Lending in Websites and Domain Names on a Canadian Bar Association webinar with two other panelists, Sylvia De Sousa, Partner at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, Winnipeg, Manitoba and John Loughnane, Partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP. The webinar is available here.


August 25, 2018

On September 13, 2018, I will be joining forces with 4 other panelists at the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section Annual meeting in Austin, Texas to present the CLE Program “IP Financing 360 ̊: Market and Legal Dynamics


Eric D. Hille, Chief Executive Officer, Syzgy Partners LLC, Indianapolis, Indiana
Philip Kline, Managing Director, 284 Partners, LLC, Detroit, Michigan

Michael D. Rubenstein, Liskow & Lewis APLC, Houston, Texas

Pauline Stevens, Partner, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis, Los Angeles, Califor...

June 4, 2018

June 13, 2018: Join me for the « Sûretés sur la propriété intellectuelle et enjeux dans le cadre d’une faillite » Canadian Bar Association’s seminar at the Hôtel Inter Continental, Montreal.

I will be moderating and presenting secured lending in intellectual property with experts Michael Hanlon (McMillan LLP), Philippe Jordan,  CPA, CMA, CIRP, LIT (PricewaterhouseCoopers) & Stephen Raicek (De Grandpré Chait).

The seminar will cover the spectrum of issues relating to taking IP as collateral: from creation and perfection of the secur...

April 14, 2018

Intellectual property venture banking is becoming an attractive financing vehicle to leverage SME’s intellectual property. To help us better understand this vehicle and its potential, I exchanged with Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen and PhD candidate Eric Hill. Xuan and Eric will be publishing a series of papers on Intellectual Property Venture Banking with different journals, including University of California Irvine Law Review…. stay tuned!

Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen is the Gerald L. Bepko Chair in Law & Director of the Center for Intelle...

January 7, 2018

I had the opportunity to exchange with Jeff Anderson from Consor, California-based intellectual asset consulting firm. Jeff and Weston Anson, Chairman of Consor, wrote the section of my book on IP valuation.

I hope you will realize, as I did, just how critical IP valuation is in any IP secured lending transaction.

KH: What is covered in your contribution to the book Secured Lending in Intellectual Property?

JA: Our contribution provides insight on how to value intellectual property.  We describe the common valuation methodologies - cost,...

January 1, 2018

“Once we reach the point where involved parties are well-versed and legislative change empowers them, it will be akin to the time when powered flight broke the sound barrier – in essence, innovation at a supersonic pace.

The rise of technology and intangible-based companies will be reshaping the lending environment in the years to come. Greater harmony between intellectual property, secured lending and bankruptcy/insolvency laws will facilitate transactions and help foster innovation.”

This is the closing thought of the new edition of m...

January 1, 2018

I had the pleasure of interviewing Spyridon Bazinas, former Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, Office of Legal Affairs (which serves as the Secretariat of UNCITRAL), current Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna Law School (Juridicum).

Spyridon wrote the chapter of the book on Security Interests in Intellectual Property under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Laws Model Law on Secured Transactions. Here is a teaser…

KH: What does your chapter cover? 

SB: It covers the key issues with respe...

January 1, 2018

Using intellectual property as collateral is not novel. Thomas Edison used his patent of the incandescent electric light bulb for financing to create General Electric in the late 1900. Another example was that of Mrs. Waterman who borrowed, in 1884, $6,500 from Asa L. Shipman & Son and gave the fountain pen patent as collateral for the loan (Waterman v. Mackenzie, 138 U.S. 252 1891).

Intellectual property has since been used as collateral in many transactions. The stats gathered by Relecura, Inc. (a California-based patent research and...

December 31, 2017

I recently purchased a book published in Singapore entitled “Security Interests in Intellectual Property” (Editor: Toshiyuki Kono).

The book is the result of various contributions on the topics of intellectual property and finance. It aims to “contribute to the development of debates on how intellectual property could contribute to the finance of its holder.” (T. Kono, page v). It includes a chapter from Spyridon Bazinas (who authored a chapter in my book) on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Laws’ contribution to in...

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