GNL 34: Patents in the company lifecycle: IPO and divestment

This is one of two notes (together with GNL 33) addressing the general patent issues arising for each of four key activities in which a company may be involved during its lifetime: merger and acquisition; joint venture; flotation; and/or divestment. It is relevant to UK private companies under English law, including the private company subsidiaries of quoted public companies. It is not concerned with quoted companies, where quite different considerations apply.

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