Advisory Roles

David Wood has had several advisory roles with third party companies and organisations. He has helped a diverse range of executives, from the MD’s of private and publicly traded companies, to the CEO of a company that floated, and the Chairman of a bank. Much of this third party work has been related to the operation, management, strategy, exploitation, acquisition, divestment, and valuation of intellectual property; in respect of content royalties, rights management, patents, and trademarks. Although David has predominantly worked with entities that have financial and intellectual property interests in the UK, Western Europe, US and Asia; he has also worked on projects where the interests have been in former state-owned enterprises that went through privatization in Eastern Europe, or voucher privatization in Russia.

David’s involvements have included:

Monstermob
A five year involvement (2000 to December 2005) in the mobile entertainment company Monstermob. David was brought in to Monstermob by its founder Martin Higginson. David was an adviser for the music channel; and supplier of ringtone content. He was there through the celebrations of the £19+m first year sales; the £32+m market cap floatation on AIM (2003); the appointment (on David’s recommendation) of ex Ministry of Sound and Sony music lawyer David Bloomfield; the sale of over 25mil downloads a month; operations in 19 countries and 10m monthly subscribers.

Safra
David’s involvement with the Edmond J Safra organisation began when we worked within a small team on design patent law in technology which led to a design patent variation in respect of extinguishing oil well fires. David had a major advisory role to Edmond J Safra when he began to access the opportunity of ‘soon to be public domain’ out of copyright material for a client project in 1988. Ultimately, he was an advisor on the music, media, entertainment, and materials intellectual property interests – copyrights, trademarks, design rights, and patents – of some of Mr Safra’s clients companies based in Switzerland, Luxembourg, Russia, Monaco, and offshore. He left the business after Mr Safra’s murder in 1999.

VGTRK
The potential commercialisation of former soviet state All-Union radio official network intellectual property recorded under Gosteleradio.

Brucciani’s
Advisory role to the Managing Director of a family business that has interests in hospitality and food manufacturing. The family have been manufacturing authentic Italian ice cream since 1893 and their products are sold in supermarkets like Tesco, Morrisons and Booths. Their cafe is a listed art deco ice cream parlour and cafe that has served generations of holidaymakers and locals since it opened in 1939.

Baby Band
Advisory role to the founder of Baby Band who offer a safe, supportive and fun musical experience for little people. Baby Band is all about playing real instruments, learning musical elements and experiencing great examples of music from a huge variety of genres. They have a team of live musicians with their various instruments to give Baby Band members a taste of live music because there is nothing as magical as seeing and hearing music being created in front of your very eyes.

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