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“Collaboration is on the rise – as is the risk of infringement. I need to ensure we can share information as necessary without unduly putting our IP at risk of infringement – or conversely being accused of infringement”

In an increasingly global and integrated economy collaboration is on the rise, and so too is the flow of critical information from one entity to another in order to maximize a patent, trademark, copyright or a trade secret’s full potential and profitability.

The combination of a competitive global marketplace and ever-evolving legal system make today’s business environment a complex one, ripe with risk. With these threats there is no question that having the right protections available to combat the risk of IP infringement near and long-term is essential. It is no secret that IP litigation proceedings are lengthy and costly. What is important is that prevention management be in place at all stages to prevent legal infringement.

Management of risk can mean the difference between financial success and failure


In order to assure the protection and security of their IP assets, life sciences companies are embracing the most secure methods of information sharing available with the use of a virtual data room (VDR). Merrill DataSite is a VDR utilized by thousands of life sciences companies to protect their IP by providing a highly efficient and secure method for sharing key business information between multiple parties. Merrill DataSite ensures this, and multiple other benefits through the following:

Prevention of costly litigation. Using Merrill DataSite from the very beginning of the concept gathering to market launch assures your information is always safely stored online and has an electronic history. Our secure, user-based access capability also means there is no risk that your highly confidential property will be downloaded or printed. Using Merrill DataSite also dramatically reduces risk of theft or loss from easily shared thumb drives, FTP site or e-mail – preventing your IP from unintended distribution which could lead to IP infringement and costly legal action.

Audit trail – who looked at what. A VDR offers a secure environment for document exchange. Elements of a VDR that become important in litigation are many times the history of access control, allowing users to view, print, or download documents. Merrill Datasite offers a real-time audit of reviewers’ activities listing exactly which documents were reviewed down to the page level.

Search functionality – how long and when. Knowing how long a user has viewed your IP is another element utilized in the process of litigation. Merrill DataSite's electronic history of search functionality can inform you who looked, for how long they looked, and when they looked.

Tightest security. Merrill DataSite is the first virtual data room to be fully accredited with the highest-level security certification, ISO 27001:2005. This certification sets a stringent global standard and involves an analysis of security protocols to guarantee that practices meet new threats. It also requires that an approval security plan is in place, ensuring the data and storage facilities are protected and VDR employees undergo a background check. In addition, documents are 256-bit SSL encrypted, watermarks are tamperproof and customized, and data can be viewed, printed and downloaded only by the account holders you designate.

Minimized costs. Our price is totally inclusive: there are no hidden costs, unlike with most other VDR providers. All the support and training is included; you won’t need to acquire any third-party software; and you won’t have to pay extra to include more participants in your data room. This means you can budget with confidence knowing there won’t be surprise expenses when the deal closes.

Best-in-class support. Customer service and the handling of confidential, business-critical information is Merrill’s core competency. In fact, for over 45 years, Merrill has been dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction. You’ll meet your project team on the very first planning call and they will remain with you throughout the duration of the project to ensure your goals are achieved. Plus, your dedicated Project Management team is available 24/7/365.

The best solution


Merrill DataSite is the world’s leading virtual data room for due diligence, and has successfully handled mission critical documentation for its clients for decades. Our award-winning platform provides advanced technology and in-depth functionality so that you can deliver the right data to your team members easily and instantaneously.

2014 WINNER – M&A Advisor International Information Management Services of the Year
2013 WINNER – M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards Information Management Product/Service of the Year
2013 WINNER – 3rd Annual ACG New York Champion’s Awards Product/Service of the Year
2012 WINNER – Global M&A Advisor M&A Product/Service of the Year Award
2011, 2012 and 2013 WINNER – M&A Advisor International Product/Service of the Year Award

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