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Ellie Wilson To Speak at the Mosaic IP Law and Policy Roundtable Conference

Ellie Wilson to speak at IP Mosaic IP Law and Policy Roundtable Conference.

Ellie Wilson at IP Mosaic

We are delighted that Ellie will be speaking at the Mosaic IP Law and Policy Roundtable Conference, hosted by the Marquette University Law School and sponsored by the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice.

Ellie will be addressing this international conference on the subject of using IP as security to borrow finance.


Comment from Ellie

Commenting on her appearance at the conference Ellie said:

"I am delighted to be speaking at this conference and looking forward to hearing a range of interesting perspectives on IP and social justice. As lawyers, I believe it is important to not only be on top of the law as it stands, but also to contribute our expertise to help develop policy to see that the law is as it should be.

Before my career as a trainee solicitor with Virtuoso Legal, I was a research assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales and at that time worked on a proposal to reform the law relating to IP as security for finance, which unfortunately did not receive the requisite government support.

I will be speaking on 31 October (Saturday afternoon, Wisconsin time) about how the legal framework and practice puts off borrowers and lenders from using IP as security.

This is incredibly important for various reasons – for small businesses and startups, IP may be the only kind of asset they have (rather than a warehouse or machinery, for example). At this time of economic turmoil, it would be really beneficial to understand the true value and potential of IP assets to help the economy get back on its feet.

Finally, the way I see it, this is a good opportunity to raise awareness that IP assets have amazing value and can be used as security for loan agreements. It may sound like an esoteric bit of law but there is the potential to transform opportunities for businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises.

There are also some surprisingly rock and roll precedents in this area of law – did you know David Bowie used his back-catalogue IP as an asset to raise finance, issuing the so-called ‘Bowie Bonds’?"


We are excited to watch Ellie's presentation, I'm a which is taking place on Saturday evening, UK time. For more information about the conference, click here to visit their website.

If you would like to speak to Ellie or any member of the team in relation to IP, financing, innovation or understand the steps required to take your big idea to the next level, call: 0013 237 9900, or complete a contact form at the bottom of the page.

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