BioM-Seminar IP Insurance for defending and securing IP rights

Time and Place
Tuesday, 03.03.2020, 13:30 pm – 17:30 pm

BioM Biotech Cluster Development GmbH, Am Klopferspitz 19a (IZB West II, 3. OG), 82152 Martinsried

Innovations are a basic ingredient for success. The first step to securing one’s innovations is to have them patented. However, if the innovation cannot be protected or one’s rights enforced, profits will suffer. A real protection for innovative products is ensured only if the company has the financial means to take an infringer to court and / or to defend itself against potential allegations.

In this seminar you will learn how to protect your intellectual property (IP) as a SME or start-up, what you need and how it works in practice. Various examples from the practice of patent attorneys will illustrate which strategies and measures are useful.

Main Topics

  • IP Insurance - what is it? Reasons to insure, how to apply and needs
  • Evaluation of the policy, risk assessment, explanation of claim process and potential problems
  • View of patent attorney regarding claim - three case studies

Target Group
This seminar is intended for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), start-ups, investors and patent attorneys.


Risto Lahti, AVIA GmbH
Mr. Risto Lahti, a Finnish national, joined AVIA GmbH in 2015 bringing with him experience of more than 25 years in the worldwide insurance and risk management business, including 5 years specializing in IP insurance. Previously Mr. Lahti (Diplom-Volkswirt) worked for the Munich Re (Assistant Underwriter), Kansa International Ltd. (Chief Underwriter) and Winterthur Swiss Insurance (Asia) Ltd. (CEO). After leaving WSI(A), Mr. Lahti worked as an independent risk manager (Crestkey Ltd.) in Hong Kong and Portugal counselling European, Asian and North American clients.
Member of the Institute for Independent Business International since 2004.

Sybaris Legal & IP
Sybaris Legal & IP is a trading identity of Sartorex Group Ltd, which is an accredited Lloyd’s of London brokerage firm, and is therefore a specialist intermediary and wholesale broker providing other brokers around the world with access to Lloyd’s of London and our Lloyd’s-backed products. The core business of Sybaris is intellectual property insurance, and the company has its own product that is underwritten in the Lloyd’s Market.

  • Paul Wishart LLB(Hons), Managing Director Sybaris Legal & IP
    Paul Wishart (Honours Degree in Law, incl. IP law modules) has spent >20 years working in the Lloyd’s of London and Company Insurance Markets, placing commercial risks with Lloyd's Syndicates and Company Insurers, and also handling claims. He has experience of creating new and innovative products in the insurance market, including Sybaris Legal & IP’s own Intellectual Property Pursuit and Defence Policy.
  • Ian Wishart TD BSc Chartered Patent Attorney European Trade Mark Attorney, Director Sybaris Legal & IP
    Ian Wishart was previously in-house Director of IP for the FTSE 100 company Johnson Matthey PLC for over 20 years, where he was responsible for managing a large global IP portfolio, and headed up a team of nine IP lawyers. He has also worked in Switzerland for Sandoz AG, with responsibility for their patent translation team. Ian is a Board Director of the Intellectual Property Awareness Network (“IPAN”) and also a Committee Member of Finance Committee of the UK Chartered Institute of Chartered Patent Attorneys (“CIPA”).

Robert Lelkes is an US patent attorney with more than 30 years’ experience counseling and assisting large, medium and small businesses in patent procurement, enforcement, defense, licensing, joint development, due diligence and risk assessment in the US, Switzerland and Germany. His practice, which is based in Munich, includes counseling established companies and start-ups on how to use patent infringement abatement and defense insurance policies and contract negotiations to protect the commercial value of their inventions as they move from the laboratory into the marketplace.

The flyer and detailed agenda for the BioM-Seminar "IP insurance for defending and securing IP rights" can be downloaded (pdf).

Registration fee: 80 Euro (+ VAT) for Academia, 130 Euro (+ VAT) for Industry

Dr. Andreas Berghammer and Anja Weber
BioM Biotech Cluster Development GmbH
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