PULSE Check – IP considerations for start ups and spin outs

This is part of the PULSE Check series, in which entrepreneurs and members of the BIA startup network will have the opportunity to learn from each other, and from leading experts.

Are you a start up, spin out or new entrepreneur?  Do you have questions about the best way to protect your IP?  Do you have questions about funding for IP?  Maucher Jenkins will be running a seminar where we will answer your questions and cover topics such as identifying the IP assets of your business, time scales for filing applications, funding for IP, ownership, freedom to operate, IP audits and IP strategy.  We will also discuss some important considerations for companies to consider during COVID-19.

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have a better understanding of issues around funding for IP, ownership and freedom to operate.
  • Be equipped to build your own IP strategy for your organisation
  • Have your questions answered by leading experts in the field.

There will also be the chance to network with other exciting startup leaders like you, using digital tools designed to create an experience as close to in-person meeting as possible.


16.00   Sign in and networking
16.30   BIA welcome, Jane Wall, BIA
16:35   Presentation followed by Q&A
18:00   Networking
19:00   Close


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Dr Fiona Kellas


Maucher Jenkins

Fiona is a UK and European Patent Attorney at Maucher Jenkins. Fiona graduated from the University of Glasgow with a degree in Biochemistry in 1998 and was awarded a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge in 2003. During her PhD, Fiona carried out research in the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge.

In addition to working in private practice, Fiona has experience of working in-house in the intellectual property department of an antibody technology company.

Fiona has experience of drafting and prosecuting patent applications, preparing and filing design applications, as well as prior art and freedom to operate searching and assessment. Fiona has a lot of experience in working with start ups and entrepreneurs, including providing guidance on IP strategy and IP audits.

Fiona has worked in a wide range of technologies. In particular, she has experience in the areas of biochemistry, antibody technology, industrial biotechnology, in vitro diagnostics, bioenergetics, synthetic biology, medical technologies and devices and digital health technologies.

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Dr Edward Rainsford


Maucher Jenkins

Edward is a UK and European patent attorney at Maucher Jenkins. Edward graduated from the University of Reading with a degree in Microbiology in 2000. In 2006 he was awarded a PhD in virology from the University of Warwick. His research focused on the contribution of several non-structural proteins in viroplasm formation and viral genome replication. Following his PhD, Edward moved to the United States where he worked as a Research Associate at the University of Virginia studying RNA-protein interactions and negative-strand RNA viruses replication. This research involved using bioinformatics to analyse the solved vesicular stomatitis virus nucleocapsid protein structure to predict the critical amino acids involved in RNA-protein interactions. These predictions were then experimentally tested to reveal the residues critical to maintaining the RNA binding cavity of the nucleocapsid protein, an essential element of the viral replication machinery.

Edward has experience in patent drafting, patent prosecution, preparing and responding to infringement and validity opinions, preparing freedom to operate opinions, due diligence analysis, and UK and Community design applications.

Edward has a wide range of experience in various technologies including biotechnology, medical devices, and mechanical devices.

Jane Wall

Director of Business Development and Membership Services


Jane joined the BIA in March 2016 as Director of Business Development and Membership Services, with overall responsibility for the recruitment and retention of members, development and delivery of membership services and BIA events.

Prior to this role and a short spell at the Food and Drink Federation assisting with membership development, she held the positions of Associate Director and Head of Sales & Marketing over a period of seven years at the Fire Protection Association – leading on membership and member events, publications, risk services, sales and marketing, CRM implementation and digital presence. Jane’s experience prior to this included Business Development Manager within tech transfer at Oxford Brookes University, four years at T&F/Informa Journals as Managing Editor and Publisher, and reference publishing at Oxford University Press and IBSS (International Bibliography of Social Sciences).

Jane holds a first degree in Italian and European Literature from Warwick University, an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS, and an MBA from Oxford Brookes Business School.

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