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Intellectual Property 101

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Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. IP is a not just a legal issue.

The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

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Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Should you get a patent? trademark?

Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property

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All businesses have intellectual property. Yes, your business has intellectual property (IP). Trademarks: brands and logos.

3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Many start-up owners are concerned with the intellectual property (IP) of their company, and they should be. Here are a few.

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups


Having covered all the bases to ensure that your corporate name is available, the domain name can be acquired, and the name doesn’t infringe any existing trademarks (as we discussed last week ), now is a good time to look at the categories of intellectual property (IP) that are relevant to most startups. Intellectual property.

The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

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What we at Traklight often take note of is the many different intellectual property issues that the show touches on. Image via HBO.

What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Property Around the World


Intellectual Property (IP) is vitally important to start-ups. Start-ups should begin by applying for a domestic patent.

Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know


Professionalisms copyrights intellectual property intellectual property rights Paige Zandri patents trade secrets trademarks

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What All New Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Trademarks


The major benefit of doing this is the fact that it will stop other people or companies from using your all-important intellectual property.

The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

Google so far has played nice with startups and has had a positive impact on the startup eco-system (especially for exits, less so for hiring!)

5 Business Plan Secrets For A Successful Tech Startup


When and how do I intend to hire employees? This is particularly true for tech startups – whose industry evolves at a rapid pace.

Building A Brand? Top 3 Trademark Mistakes To Avoid.


Hiring a trademark attorney is a smart investment in your brand and your business’s future. by Josh Gerben, principal of  Gerben Law Firm, PLLC.

4 Deadly Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Below is a longer, more comprehensive version. Vesting Restrictions.  The first deadly mistake relates to vesting restrictions.  IP Ownership. 

7 Critical Steps for Attracting Venture Funding

Business Plan Blog

What You Need to Know About Obtaining Venture Funding. First and foremost, venture capital firms want to see an entrepreneur with passion and vision.

Hire for talent. Rent for experience.


Want the best way to create your core competency quickly and inexpensively?   There are obvious advantages to this. 

Best Way to Get Great Talent: Train or Hire?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

One universal issue every business faces, regardless of the industry: When you have an opening should you hire ready-made talent.

It Should Be A Crime – But Isn’t


By Gini Graham Scott, PhD. Imagine the scenario.  You Then they do it again with someone else.  You

The Wrong Hire Pissed Off my Team, The Right Hire Didn't Have All the Answers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

rushed and made a bad hire. hired him because he told me he would bring order to the team. Our engineering team is restless.

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Top Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make


Finally, completely understand who owns what as the relationship persists, especially in the case of intellectual property (IP).

8 Key Rules for Starting a Business on a Shoestring

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t assume that you need to rent an office to start a business or hire an accountant to track expenses and assets. Both are wrong.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

Who can I hire later? How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? And what can I outsource?”

10 Principles For Sustainable Innovation In Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the kay to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage. Brands.

8 Reasons To Incorporate Your New Company Early

Startup Professionals Musings

Define a business entity early to manage taxes and intellectual property. Isolate your new startup business from your personal accounts.

10 Startup Mistakes You Can't Afford To Make Again

Startup Professionals Musings

Every business takes time to scale and penetrate a market due to organizational growth, hiring, training, brand building and customer adoption.

A Joint Venture Just Might Be Your Ticket to Rapid Growth

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Sure, you can get up to speed eventually, perhaps by hiring the right people, or doing the training, but at what cost? What is a joint venture?

Your Employees Are Stealing (And They Don't Even Feel Guilty)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Tell new hires you hired them for their brains. Most of your intellectual property resides in electronic formats.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

If they decide to buy, large companies can: license/acquire intellectual property. The Innovation Portfolio. So what? Lessons Learned.

What Start-ups Should Know About Hiring a Lawyer

We’re Hiring. What Start-ups Should Know About Hiring a Lawyer. What should new entrepreneurs look for when hiring a lawyer?

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Keep Your Startup Safe from Legal Trouble

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Assign intellectual property to the company. See Also: Why You Should Care About Intellectual Property.

20 Business Laws Every Entrepreneur Should Know in 2015

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Hiring employees. Intellectual property. Protect your intellectual property. See Also Intellectual Property 101.

How To Match Your Startup Stage To Investor Interest

Startup Professionals Musings

You are now entering the rollout stage , with money required for marketing, hiring a full-time team, and a production process. Congratulations!

How Great Entrepreneurs Spell Continuous Innovation

Startup Professionals Musings

Creating intellectual property, including patents, is the key to long-term value and a sustainable competitive advantage. Brands.

6 Business Essentials To Keep Your Startup Thriving

Startup Professionals Musings

These would include equipment leases, joint venture agreements, real estate leases, and work-for-hire agreements. Intellectual property records.

Investors Love To Fund Solutions That Are Scalable

Startup Professionals Musings

Show that you have and can continue to hire the right people to run the scaled business without you being everywhere and making every decision.

8 Key Questions To Expect In Investor Due Diligence


They should be asking to speak to you if you are a potential investor or a superstar hire. How solid is the intellectual property?

Bootstrapping Is Much More Fun Than Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

With the unlimited access to “how-to” videos and detailed instructions on the Internet, you shouldn’t need to hire experts for most things.

Cyber Security At The Start


Hire qualified internal resources or outsource as needed for the required IT positions. by Andrew Ostashen, co-founder of Vulsec.

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups


Today I join Ben Yoskovitz , Vinicius Vacanti , Jill Hubbard Bowman and Steve Blank and others in announcing the launch of StartupRoar.

Are You An Internet Entrepreneur In Colorado? Oppose PIPA!

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In the area of intellectual property, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) constitutes a sound model of an Internet policy regime that allows for innovation and Internet-based entrepreneurship. The letter follows: To: Senator Udall, Senator Bennet. Three other aspects of the law bear notice and significant concern.

How Winning Startups Tackle Tough Growth Constraints

Startup Professionals Musings

The organic solution is to hire more people, spend more money, and ramp up your focus. That’s called organic growth , and everybody does it.