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Deidre J. Johnson, Counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP to Speak at KC’s Patent Acquisitions – When Are They HSR Reportable? Live Webcast

New York, NY, February 01, 2014 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Deidre J. Johnson, Counsel, Ropes & Gray LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Patent Acquisitions – When Are They HSR Reportable?” This event is scheduled for April 9, 2014 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Deidre Johnson

Deidre Johnson focuses her practice on antitrust and is head of Ropes & Gray’s premerger notification practice. She counsels clients on their obligations under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and foreign premerger regimes and has successfully guided numerous clients through the premerger process, responding to informal inquiries and second requests as necessary. Deidre routinely represents buyers, shareholders and sellers in financial and strategic acquisitions of all types from leveraged buy-outs, stock acquisitions, joint venture formations and public takeovers to licensing transactions and co-development/co-promotion agreements. Her clients include multi-national corporations, private equity, venture capital and hedge funds, mutual funds and investment advisors. She also counsels executive officers and directors in HSR Act compliance in connection with the grant and exercise of stock and stock options, and advises clients with respect to permissible pre-clearance and pre-closing activities, including information exchanges.

About Ropes & Gray LLP

Ropes & Gray LLP is a leading global law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, and Seoul. Built on a foundation of more than 140 years of forging strong client relationships, Ropes & Gray has over 1,000 lawyers and professionals representing interests across a broad spectrum of industries in corporate law and litigation matters, as well as counseling on labor and employment issues, tax and benefits, creditors' rights, and private client services. The firm's clients include leading industrial companies, financial institutions, government agencies, hospitals and health care organizations, colleges and universities, as well as families and individuals.

Event Synopsis:

The Knowledge Group has developed a panel of key thought Leaders and practitioners to help companies understand the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) rules for patent acquisitions, including the new rules of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for exclusive pharmaceutical patent licenses. The program will cover the most significant topics involved along with a Q&A panel to whom the attendees' questions will be addressed.

Key Topics includes:
• The HSR Act: An Overview
• The "Size of Transaction" Test
• The "Size of Parties" Test
• Patents as "Assets" Whose Acquisition May Be Reportable
• Patent Acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical Industry: What Is New and What Is Not under the Amended Rules?
• Impact and Key Risks
• Compliance Issues
• Up-to-Minute Regulatory Updates

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Congress was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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