Garden City, NY (PRWEB) April 15, 2014
NAPW honors Michelle Francis as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Francis is recognized with this prestigious distinction for her leadership in business and intellectual property law. As the largest organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 400 Local Chapters.
“Business leaders, due to daily management pressures, often overlook how intellectual property (IP) assets-trademarks, copyrights, patents-can set a company apart from its competition,” says Ms. Francis. “I specialize in educating entrepreneurs and start-ups, as well as established US and multinational companies about ways to benefit from an increased understanding and innovative application of IP development, management and monetization strategy.”
Founder and Principal of The Francis Company, a firm that specializes in business and legal intellectual property (IP) strategy consulting, Ms. Francis brings more than 23 years of experience as a lawyer and in-house legal IP counsel for major corporations. This includes her highly successful tenure as global IP head of News Corporation, a Fortune 100, multinational media company. “My involvement with over 50 companies has allowed me to develop a cutting-edge vision for how IP and business strategy work in tandem in the marketplace,” she says.
Ms. Francis creatively and effectively uses her vision and knowledge to educate her clients that intentional strategic development and use of IP, matched with the appropriate level of operational support and portfolio management, changes the course of a business's success - demonstrably increasing profit, brand recognition and value creation. Ms. Francis is also an authority on the structure/restructure of domestic and global in-house IP operations, and best practices for use of outside counsel.
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