Ballast IP Capital Group Elects New Principal, Sean O'Donnell, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON, DC, January 15, 2015– Ballast IP Capital Group, LLC (BIPC) announces that Sean O’Donnell, Ph.D. has joined Ballast IP Capital Group, LLC as a Principal.  As an experienced scientist, patent attorney, and businessman, Dr. O’Donnell will apply his expertise to leading BIPC’s Life Sciences Practice.  Dr. O’Donnell earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology and biophysics from Columbia University.  His research on the development of the mammalian olfactory sensory system contributed to the 2004 Nobel Prize awarded to Richard Axel, M.D. and Linda Buck, Ph.D.  

“BIPC is excited to have Sean join the team,” says founding Principal, Scott Popma.  “Sean brings a rare breadth of experience to help serve BIPC’s clients.  Not only is he a seasoned IP attorney and experienced scientist; he also has run a successful telecommunications business.”  

“BIPC offers a unique platform to use my strategic planning approach to help companies discover their most valuable IP assets and then leverage those assets to drive future growth,” explains Dr. O’Donnell.  “The JOBs act lifted the ban on general solicitation and opened the door to increased transparency and investment in early stage companies.  BIPC helps companies use this new capital market to reach potential investors.”  

Dr. O’Donnell, who has 10 years of experience addressing clients’ intellectual property issues, joins BIPC most recently from McDermott Will & Emery.  He has advised start-ups, institutions, and Fortune 500 companies on how to acquire, assert, and defend their intellectual property rights.  Dr. O’Donnell serves as the Vice President of Operations for a telecommunications construction company that has been operating for more than 25 years. 

Dr. O’Donnell graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.  He teaches Patent and Know-How licensing as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.  He also is active in the DC Bar, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Trade Secrets Committee, and in Princeton Athletics, serving as a Class Agent for the Friends of Princeton Swimming. 

BIPC offers the following services for a wide variety of entrepreneurial ventures, including those in the technology, consumer products, and life science sectors:

    Developing strategic plans and conducting due diligence. 

    Strengthening IP portfolios through patents and other protections.

    Assisting with capital raises from accredited investors.

    Launching and managing crowdfunding campaigns.

 More information can be found at



Ballast IP Capital Announces Launch: Will Assist Entrepreneurs in Protecting Intellectual Property and Raising Capital

WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2014– Ballast IP Capital Group, LLC (BIPC) will announce its launch today at the “Power of Crowdfunding Conference” at the House of Sweden.  Attorney Scott Popma, who is leaving the partnership at Finnegan, Henderson to start BIPC, is an intellectual property and crowdfunding JOBS Act expert.  He founded this venture to help businesses protect their intellectual property (IP) assets, raise growth capital, and leverage social media to rapidly expand and sustain marketing networks.

BIPC provides investors with access to cutting edge opportunities to invest directly with businesses.  BIPC also helps businesses access new markets, especially companies that want to enter the U.S. market.  BIPC currently advises Scandinavian entrepreneurs on how to protect their IP, raise capital, and market in the U.S.

“IP is the primary asset of many companies, but the cost of developing and protecting IP can be an impediment to growth,” explained Popma.  “Without appropriate funding, many emerging companies obtain ineffective IP protection or forego it altogether.  Absent a targeted IP strategy, these companies often are prevented from bringing their ideas to market, or they lose their IP and ideas to competitors.  BIPC provides solutions to both of these problems,” he said. 

BIPC offers the following services for a wide variety of entrepreneurial ventures including those in the technology, consumer products, and bio-technology sectors:

  • Develop strategic plans and conduct due diligence.
  • Strengthen IP portfolios through patents and other protections.
  • Raise capital from accredited investors.
  • Launch and manage crowdfunding campaigns.

BIPC is also launching Tourism Crowd Capital (, a joint venture with Washington, DC-based SW Associates, an international tourism development consultancy, to focus on crowdfunding for real estate, destinations, and their tourism-related businesses.  More information can be found at