Mr. Calkins, a registered patent attorney, has over 20 years of experience in client counseling and portfolio management in patent procurement, licensing and enforcement, primarily in the life sciences, chemical, medical and computer software arts. His current practice also focuses on the corporate and transactional aspects of intellectual property, including licensing, merger, acquisition and/or equity investment due diligence.
Mr. Calkins' experiences allow him to understand the business value of intellectual property and work with clients to maximize return on their investments. Mr. Calkins has worked with companies, investment banks, private equity groups, venture capitalists and other institutional investment groups to conduct due diligence and provide counseling relating to over 100 potential investments, acquisitions and/or mergers ranging in size from several hundreds of thousands of dollars to over one billion dollars. He also has experience working with government contracts. In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Calkins is a Chair of the Piedmont Angel Network, and is an investor in emerging technology companies and active in the regional and national technology communities. He is also Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at University of North Carolina Greensboro.