We believe we have one of the best Intellectual Property (IP) practices out there. Our IP practice, led by Richard Penfold, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, works with some of the best and brightest IP lawyers in the industry. This is why we’re happy to announce we’ve bolstered the firm with the addition of Neil Miller as a new Partner in our IP practice.
Prior to joining JAG Shaw Baker, Neil was Senior Vice President and General Counsel at SoundCloud, a role he held for six years. During that time, Neil helped SoundCloud grow from a small start-up to one of the most significant and influential players in the global music industry with more than 175 million monthly listeners in 2016.
Neil, who is co-located in Berlin and London, will advise clients on all aspects of the protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights with a specialised focus on digital media and content rights. Neil also brings extensive corporate, commercial and operational experience from his time at SoundCloud and also from his previous roles at multinational companies including Viacom/MTV Networks and CBS Interactive.
Because Neil has such a unique background, we wanted to give you a chance to learn a little more about him in our Three Minutes With feature.
What did SoundCloud teach you about business?
Neil: Many things, but above all it taught me that you should never compromise on your people. The right experience is important, but diversity, a shared sense of purpose and a common set of values is the key to building a successful team, and from there, a successful business.
What do you want to see in the next evolution of startups?
Neil: The last decade or so has seen the emergence of many disruptive technologies and business models, particularly in the consumer space, with smartphones, social media, music/video streaming, and sharing economy platforms now well-established and mainstream.
From my point of view, I’d love the next phase to be less about the creation of new consumer behaviours and more about improvements in the way we already choose to live – through, for example, continued innovation and investment in digital health, electric vehicles, smart cities and clean energy.
I’d also love to see a solution to the data problems in the music industry, in particular the creation of an authoritative database of music publishing rights information. Solving this long-standing problem would deliver enormous benefits at all points along the value chain, but despite many valiant efforts over the years and the emergence of a number of innovative companies in this space, we don’t seem to be much closer to a unified solution.
Tell us something about you that no one knows.
Neil: I cook a decent Rogan Josh and even though my playing days are over, I still haven’t quite grown out of watching noisy bands in the clubs and bars of Berlin where I currently live.