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Jim O'Brien Discusses Advising Airon on Ventilator Agreement with GE Healthcare and Ford

April 10, 2020

Shareholder Jim O'Brien recently talked with the Orlando Business Journal about advising Airon Corporation, a privately held Florida-based company specializing in high-tech pneumatic life support products, on an agreement to license its ventilator design to GE Healthcare, which will be manufactured by Ford Motor Company. 

O'Brien explained that a licensing agreement has many considerations and businesses need to be specific in how a design can be used and in what markets and exclusions should be included.

He further discussed that given critical need resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Airon and the other parties worked fast, with negotiations beginning on a Sunday in late March and wrapping up that following Monday.

“Frankly, the time frame was extraordinary,” said O'Brien

Read the article: Coronavirus: Local Manufacturer Teams with GE, Ford to Make Medical Equipment (subscription required)


James O’Brien represents clients in the areas of technology products and services, aerospace and aviation, satcom and telecom, consumer electronics and goods, restaurant services, food distribution, entrepreneurial business, healthcarereal estate development and construction as well as in professional businesses and associations. Jim also has significant experience in global and domestic purchasing and supply chain agreements in a variety of industries including consumer goods, technology, satcom/telecom and the aerospace and aviation sectors.

Jim’s practice focuses on business and contract issues, negotiation, transactional matters, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. Additionally, Jim represents entrepreneurial and startup businesses, and he handles entity formation and ownership agreements, commercial exploitation of proprietary concepts and products, domestic and international contracts and business transactions, corporate finance matters, contractual issues, and employment matters including non-competition and restrictive covenants.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim founded a boutique business and real estate firm in Melbourne. Before that, he spent ten years working as a business and transactional lawyer representing private and public companies in Daytona Beach and Melbourne.

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