How do venture capital investors value formal Intellectual Property (IP) rights in connection with a decision to fund a technology or life sciences start-up? How do they conduct IP due diligence? How do investors and founders, post-funding, ensure their start-ups are pursuing an IP strategy that optimizes exit valuation for all? At TechCrunch Early Stage 2021 Perkins Coie partners Michael Glenn (Patent Prosecution) and Matt Oshinsky (Emerging Companies Venture Capital) weree joined alongside a seasoned venture capitalist to discuss these and other questions regarding safeguarding IP rights and maximizing the value of all technology development activities.
Michael Glenn — Partner, Patent Prosecution, Perkins Coie
Michael Glenn is a partner with the firm’s Intellectual Property practice with a focus on patent prosecution. He represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property law and at all phases of patent prosecution, including handling IP audits and strategy, opinions of counsel, pre-litigation patent defense and assertion, appeals, reissues and reexaminations. Michael has experience with the following representative technologies: telecommunications, information technology, business methods, medical devices and mechanical inventions. Called a “standout performer for prosecution in the high-tech space” and “highly experienced,” Michael Glenn is ranked in the IAM Patent 1000. Crediting his ability to develop “robust but elegantly structured portfolios,” the 2020 guide recognizes Michael for providing “solid, no-nonsense advice.”
Matt Oshinsky — Partner, Perkins Coie
As a legal counselor to startups, Matt Oshinsky advises and guides emerging growth companies throughout their corporate life cycles. Matt also represents a range of private equity and venture capital investors. His business depth of counsel includes extensive experience representing well-established and market-leading technology and medical device companies in mergers, acquisitions and strategic investments. Matt has been working in Silicon Valley’s startup ecosystem for nearly two decades and has guided a range of companies from formation to IPO and beyond. Prior to commencing his private practice, Matt worked briefly in the White House in the Presidential Personnel Office and at the U.S. Agency for International development. Matt has received recognition from The Legal 500 United States for his counsel to emerging companies and venture capital firms.
Baris Aksoy — General Partner, AV8 Ventures
Baris is a General Partner at AV8 Ventures. He joined AV8 from Google, where he served as the Head of Global Strategic Business Development in Media & Entertainment industry vertical, covering AI and infrastructure technologies.
Prior to Google, Baris was the CFO at Anvato and led the acquisition by Google. Earlier, Baris was an investor at Intel Capital, covering global consumer and enterprise investments. While there, he invested in companies like Yume (IPO), OpenFeint (acq by Gree), Crowdstar (acq by Glu), Sense Networks (acq by YellowPages), and Caring.com (acq by Bankrate), many of which were acquired or went public during his time there. As a product manager and engineer, he held leadership positions at Calix and Alcatel.
He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his B.S. in electrical engineering from Istanbul Technical University.