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DECEMBER 22, 2011 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. Instagram is a textbook example.)
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JANUARY 4, 2012 Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World
Last month we covered the basics of intellectual property (IP) for startups, including a simple taxonomy, some common issues and related documents for entrepreneurs to use when forming a new startup. How much is it worth investing in cultivating and enforcing an IP portfolio ? Barriers to entry ? Is there anything we can do about it?
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DECEMBER 8, 2011 Do It Right The First Time, Part II: Visit the Doctor or House Call?
From choosing a legal entity or jurisdiction to properly documenting IP assignments and stock issuances to complying with securities laws and avoiding potentially enormous tax penalties in the future, there is plenty here to warrant consulting a professional. Pick a name for the new legal entity (e.g., Newco, Inc.”) Yes, it’s a mouthful.
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DECEMBER 1, 2011 Do It Right The First Time: Avoiding “Janitorial” Legal Work
Nevertheless, choosing to defer basic corporate housekeeping items can be disastrous in some circumstances, as when the failure to spend a few thousand dollars on legal fees to clarify IP ownership and equity arrangements comes back to bite a successful company to the tune of millions of dollars on the eve of a liquidity event. Good stuff!
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GUST Knowledge Is Power: Convertible Note Financing Terms, Part V
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Common examples include papering founders’ stock issuances, catching up on Board minutes, and ensuring that all members of the team have entered into IP
agreements with the company assigning rights in their work to the startup. What seem like boilerplate provisions can be meaningful in some situations. Convertible Promissory Note(s). MORE >>
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