IP, Patents & Trademarks


IP, Patents & Trademarks

Who Really Owns intellectual Property?

Intellectual property is often overlooked by an owner in preparing a business for sale.  Understanding common types of intellectual property and identifying IP issues and common problems that will be addressed in the sale of a business is critical to a smooth transaction and obtaining maximum value.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify types of intellectual property
  • Plan for transfer of intellectual property
  • Avoid pitfalls


About the Presenter:

Learn from industry expert Joel Bair, Attorney, McGarry Bair PC.

Meet the Presenter




The EPI West Michigan Local Chapter is different than other groups because it brings together a diverse group of professionals from a wide range of specialties that can naturally work collaboratively on exit planning, succession planning, value growth, transaction or any engagement from both sides of the equation. The chapter meets regularly to network, reconnect, grow knowledge, and sharpen their skills with a common goal: Change the outcome for transitioning business owners. Make plans to join us for future events and connect with the local leadership by visiting www.EPIGrandRapids.org

About the Presenter

Joel Bair

Joel Bair

Attorney, McGarry Bair PC

Meet Joel Bair.

If you were given the opportunity to sail a 40-foot boat through the North Channel, would you take it?  Most of us would.

How about the 40-foot boat, the North Channel, and a dozen high school students as your crew?

Many among us might try it once, but Joel Bair has skippered that boat and a fresh batch of kids for 17 consecutive years, armed with little more than his iron backbone, an informed perspective on life’s gifts, and his characteristic lopsided and knowing smile. Imagine a few well-placed aphorisms under the stars, parables culled from the lives of historic figures as the waves lap against the hull, harmonies rising from chaos as a dozen young people learn, quite literally, to make room for other people in their world.

On a McGarry Bair team, Joel is not the one doing most of the talking. He listens, he digests, he assures that each kind of strength is brought to bear on the solution. He brings years of diverse experience to the table. He develops and sharpens the team’s perspective. And then, with a few choice words softened and strengthened by that knowing smile, he frames the problem clearly and posits the solution succinctly. Chaos comes to order. Harmony springs from cacophony. There is smooth sailing.

Indiana Institute of Technology (B.S.A.E., high honors, 1971); University of Notre Dame (M.S., 1975; J.D., 1974).

Adjunct Professor, Patent Law Thomas M. Cooley Law School, 1991. Lt., JAGC, U.S. Navy, 1975-1978.

1975, Michigan; 1978, Texas; Registered to Practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Federal Circuits; U.S. Court of Military Appeals; U.S. Court of Claims.

State Bar of Michigan (Chair, Intellectual Property Law Section, 1996-1997); State Bar of Texas (Member, Intellectual Property Law Section); American Bar Association (Member, Intellectual Property Law Section); International Trademark Association (Member, Information Services Committee); Christian Legal Society.