Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures: Managing Domain Names and Social Media Accounts in Transactions

Recorded On: 03/02/2017

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Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures: Managing Domain Names and Social Media Accounts in Transactions is the third segment in the Business Transactions Webcast Series.  In this segment, an expert panel of speakers will discuss best practices in performing domain and social media due diligence.

 Additional topics that will be covered include:

  • Considerations in valuing domain names.
  • Purpose of and introduction to due diligence.
  • Common issues and considerations involved in reviewing/investigating a domain portfolio.
  • What social media assets, agreements and policies form part of any transaction?
  • How to define and pass social media assets from one party to another.
  • Addressing third party rights in social media assets.

Mark Jansen

Associate, Fenwick & West LLP (United States)

Mark Jansen’s practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and trade name counseling, and strategies for developing and managing domain name portfolios. He advises clients from start-ups to multinational corporations on brand strategy and the protection of brand assets, including, brand creation, selection, protection, expansion, and enforcement. Mark has extensive experience in the social media and Internet space, both advising platforms in trademark matters and helping brand owners navigate social media.

Mark is active in the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) and the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section. In 2017, Super Lawyers honored him among the leading intellectual property lawyers in Northern California.

While in law school, Mark was honored with the ABA/BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Intellectual Property Law, the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Intellectual Property and a CALI Excellence for the Future Award. He was also Lead Production Editor for the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal. Mark served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Terry J. Hatter Jr. of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California and also worked as a law clerk for Oracle, Quantum, and eBay.

Read more about Mark here

Dennis Prahl

Partner, Ladas & Parry (United States)

Dennis a Partner of Ladas & Parry in the firm’s New York office.  

Mr. Prahl has been consistently recognized as one of the leading trademark practitioners in the world by the World Trademark Review and Euromoney/MIP.  He specializes in the areas of international trademark, copyright, domain name, right of publicity and unfair competition law and has represented and advised a wide range of clients in diverse fields, from multinational corporations to individuals.  

Mr. Prahl received his B.A. from Northwestern College and his J.D. from New York Law School.  In addition, he holds a diploma in Advanced International Legal Studies from the McGeorge School of Law.   Dennis also serves as president of Principium Strategies – Ladas & Parry’s ICANN-accredited domain name registrar and brand monitoring subsidiary.

Tiffany Schwartz

Senior Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP (United States)

Tiffany Schwartz is a member of Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology group with a broad range of professional experience encompassing the strategic management and growth of trademark portfolios; copyright registration and enforcement; the licensing and monetization of intellectual property assets; software licensing; anti-counterfeiting; and IP dispute resolution. Tiffany also counsels clients on Internet and privacy issues; guides clients through domain name acquisitions and disputes; conducts IP due diligence in connection with potential mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and negotiates and drafts agreements relating to licensing, privacy, website usage, and the settlement of intellectual property disputes.

Read more about TIffany here

Inga Smith (Moderator)

Legal Program Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc. (United States)

Inga has 20 years of intellectual property experience.  She is currently a Legal Program Manager at Cisco Systems, managing the global trademark portfolio, the domain name portfolio, and the copyright filing program.

 Prior to joining Cisco, Inga was a Senior Patent Paralegal at Georgia-Pacific and a Senior IP Paralegal at Schlumberger.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University and Paralegal Certification from The National Center for Paralegal Training.  She is an active member of the International Trademark Association, and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Resources and Tools Subcommittee on the Trademark Administrators (TMA) Committee.

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Recorded 03/02/2017
Recorded 03/02/2017
Up to 1.05 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available
Up to 1.05 CLE credits available  |  Certificate available