I graduated as an engineer, but over the years my role evolved into project management, business management and finally I was responsible for our company's commercial and legal operations. We specialised in licensing intellectual property, specifically software and semiconductor designs. I built a wealth of experience in licensing having negotiated and agreed contracts with a large proportion of the world's leading semiconductor and communications companies.
Many companies have created successful businesses creating and exploiting intangible things such as intellectual property. Licensing technology as an enabler to other businesses has become an important part of modern high technology enterprise. I have worked extensively in licensing IP and here I provide some personal insights, focussing on software as it is both commonplace and complex, encompassing most key issues in licensing. IP Licensing
A major part of my role was to negotiate various licence agreements. This gave me huge insight into the process of negotiation and here I have identified some key factors. Negotiation.
I have experienced and witnessed many examples of good and bad practice in business, especially in high-technology, and here I give some views on the issues I feel important Business Practice.
Here you will find more details of my personal profile and CV. Personal Profile
I am currently retired but accepting occasional roles such as non-executive directorships, small consulting projects and mentoring. I am chairman of Archipelago Technology, an exciting new company exploiting a special printing technology for use with thick, viscous and sometimes hot materials. I am also working with Southampton University as a mentor for their Future Worlds initiative. Every year I am involved in mentoring MBA students at the Cambridge University Judge Business School.