Robert P. Cogan is the Principal Attorney at Continuum Law. He is a legal and business advisor to a wide spectrum of clients including high tech, industrial, commercial and financial businesses, universities and individual entrepreneurs.
SUMMARY OF PRACTICE AREAS
--Technology, Life Sciences and Industrial Contracts
Drafting and negotiation of contracts;
Maintaining relations with suppliers, customers, and upper and lower tier contractors;
Definition of specifications and statements of work;
Contract dispute resolution.
--Joint Business Opportunities
Joint research agreements.
SBIRs/STTRs, NIH grants;
Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies;
Canadian Department of National Defence, British Ministry of Defence.
--Effective exploitation of intellectual property
Patent, trademark, and copyright portfolio development;
Strategies for cost-effective use of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights;
Recognition and protection of trade secrets;
Administering worldwide patent and trademark portfolios;
Licensing of patented and unpatented technology and products;
Intellectual property enforcement through negotiation;
Evaluation of business models.
Recognition of intellectual assets to strengthen the balance sheet;
Formulation of proposed royalty rates for licenses;
Evaluation of patents for sale and other purposes;
Due diligence for acquisitions and investments.
--FDA Medical Devices Regulation
Positioning new products in proper FDA classifications and product codes;
Medical device listings;
Getting new products on the market in compliance with FDA regulations.
Prior to returning to private practice in 1997, Mr. Cogan was, during the 1980s and 1990s, chief patent counsel of EG&G, Inc, then a Fortune 200 company with diversified high technology operations on all seven continents. His prior experience also includes operational management in a medical devices company. Mr. Cogan began his patent career in the General Electric Company Patent Lawyer Development Program in Washington, DC in 1966.
He is a frequent speaker before numerous professional groups and a guest lecturer at the University of California San Diego Rady School of Management. Topics include intellectual property business strategy, government contracting, technology transfer and licensing, high tech transactions and valuation of intellectual property. He recently presented a panel on Virtual Companies to the San Diego Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society.