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Seminar Series - Barbara Hoffman

Barbara T. Hoffman, MR’85

Financing the Expedition: Telling the Story - Exploiting the Rights

On October 6, 2016, Barbara T Hoffman, MR '85, the Club's former Legal Committee Chair, will lead a seminar on how to finance your next expedition through the exploitation of intellectual property rights. As Barbara points out, social media, live streaming TV, increased interest in exploration and scientific discovery by cable channels, as well as film, TV, and print may, with a carefully designed intellectual property strategy, provide a goldmine for expedition funding. Yet, without the development of an intellectual property strategy to support the mission's overall goals and objectives and the organized structures to support it, exploitation of potentially valuable assets can be a minefield.

Barbara has advised numerous expeditions and members of The Explorers Club on developing their intellectual property assets from the design of an overall strategy, the formation of appropriate legal entities, to review of publication, film and TV contracts, to obtaining the best deals including branding and sponsorship. Eminently qualified to instruct Members in this endeavor, Barbara was voted by her peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Best Women Lawyers in New York, and Super Lawyers, in the fields of intellectual property and IP litigation since 2010.

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Exploration Seminars Program

As in the past, the Club’s more experienced and accomplished Members will address practical field needs and disciplines directly relevant to exploration. The common goal of the series is to contribute and expand field knowledge in a ‘show me how to’ format, with several sessions providing a ‘hands on’ approach.

Please note the Exploration Seminars are for Members only, without charge, but reservations are required due to limited seating in the Board Room. Members wishing to attend should email the Club Receptionist at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), to secure space.

For further information regarding the seminars, or to suggest future topics and speakers, please contact Daniel A. Kobal, Ph.D. FE’89 directly at (718) 757-7996 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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