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Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)

BeyondVC

Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)

BeyondVC

Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

The following are four classes of protected IP: trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Trademarks. Patents. Copyrights.

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Protecting IP in Crowdfunded Deals

Angel Investing News

Investors will eventually want to validate the intellectual property (IP) prior to investing but not just to hear about the opportunity.  During this phase of the investment process, representatives of the investor group may agree to a non-disclosure agreement as part of their validation of the IP.

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Traction is the new IP

Version One Ventures

“Traction is the new IP ” sums up perfectly how the technology space has evolved over the past decade due to the nature of the web. However, now individual employees get the ball rolling by using a product. It’s also important to realize how little value investors therefore put on IP when investing in a company.

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Intellectual Property 101

Up and Running

It is difficult to be in a business situation completely devoid of IP worth identifying and protecting. IP is a not just a legal issue.

The Importance of Trademarking

Up and Running

Managing a Business intellectual Property IP trademarking trademarksHere are the basics. See Also: Intellectual Property 101. In conclusion.

How To Protect Your Business With Intellectual Property Rights

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There’s nothing more soul destroying than after years of hard work, seeing your idea, products and services being copied and sold by competitors. Essentially protecting your IP makes it easier to pursue legal action if someone steals or copies your work. It can be used to help protect: Brand or products names. Your inventions.

Startup Blog: Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights

Taffy Williams

Costs for development can easily exceed the $50MM just for the one product with no other costs as part of the plan. So what is the problem?

Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World

Gust

The questions that arise most with respect to any category of IP at the earliest stages include: How will this affect our chances of getting funded on favorable terms ? How much is it worth investing in cultivating and enforcing an IP portfolio ? What kind of risk do we run of being put out of business by others’ IP rights ?

3 Simple Steps to Avoiding IP Disputes

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Too many times entrepreneurs rush a product to market believing their brand''s in the clear when it''s not. It happens all the time.

Startup Blog: Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined

Taffy Williams

The discussion of IP is sufficiently important to the NewCo that it will take more than one article to get the basics down. What is a patent?

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups

Gust

So you’ve chosen a name for your startup, product, or both. Second in importance only to talented people, IP in all its forms is the key asset comprising most of the value of any tech startup. Every person who has touched the new business in any way has a potential claim to related IP rights. Intellectual property.

Behind Every Great Product

SVPG

Article: Behind Every Great Product. titled the paper, “Behind Every Great Product” and it was inspired by the classic Good Product Manager / Bad Product Manager by Ben Horowitz. The paper proved popular and helped many teams to get a better understanding of just what product was all about. In 1993, Word 6.0

Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy

Steve Blank

Early on in my career I took a “we’re moving too fast to deal with lawyers” attitude to patents and Intellectual Property (IP.) You can protect business processes, know how, customer information, product road map. Type of IP. _. Outside the U.S. Most of this post is from Dan’s lecture. Intellectual Property. Examples. _. Patent.

Russia Drafts Its New IP Protection Strategy And Encourages Public Feedback

ArcticStartup

times the number of Russian patents five years ago. The new strategy is expected to positively impact the situation. About East-West Digital News.

Special: The 56 Israeli Companies Exhibiting in Mobile World Congress 2011

VC Cafe

Craze Productions. Fibrolan. - For mobile backhauling applications, FibroLAN is now offering the Falcon SE product line. Amos Spacecom.

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The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

Up and Running

My business doesn’t have IP. 100% of businesses have Intellectual Property (IP). IP is not just for tech businesses or inventors.

3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How do you keep your IP safe from view. IP is a valuable asset that needs to be protected, insured, and, sometimes, even risked.

Great Start-ups Succeed on Products, not Patents

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's why protecting your IP should stay off your to-do list. Protecting IP can wait Patents can offer value to companies. John D.

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IP-Delivered TV: Are We There Yet?

Andrew Payne

think they’ve got a decent shot.  I’ve always felt television, in the limit, will be delivered over IP. Specialized, proprietary cable TV distribution is gradually giving way to big, fast, cheap IP pipes. Payments flow in various ways between advertisers, production companies, traditional TV networks, premium networks (e.g.

IP-Delivered TV: Are We There Yet?

Andrew Payne

think they’ve got a decent shot.  I’ve always felt television, in the limit, will be delivered over IP. Specialized, proprietary cable TV distribution is gradually giving way to big, fast, cheap IP pipes. Payments flow in various ways between advertisers, production companies, traditional TV networks, premium networks (e.g.

Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property

Up and Running

In order to protect your business’s IP, learn the four different categories. Yes, your business has intellectual property (IP).

Should I Protect My IP Before I Try To Build My Product?

Ask The VC

How to optimize your business with a mobile app

The Next Web

Not to mention, mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic. But getting started isn’t easy.…

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The high road to building an enterprise SaaS company

The Next Web

Developing an enterprise-grade SaaS product is not easy. Yoav Leitersdorf and Ofer Schreiber of are partners at YL Ventures.

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Abstract launches private alpha to redesign the design process

Version One Ventures

Unlike code where version control of text is relatively straightforward, product and design IP is locked up in inaccessible file formats (binary). This leads to a lack of visibility and inefficiencies in the design process and the product development lifecycle. You can read co-founder Josh Brewer’s announcement here.

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Start-up Tips: Identifying Intellectual Property, Simplified

YoungUpstarts

The aesthetic appearance of a given product can be registered as a design if it is new and unique. SRK to get copyrighted?” Trademarks. Patents.

Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, and Trade Secrets…How Do You Protect Your Creations?

Up and Running

thought or notion that’s been floating around your head may be a great idea for a future product or service, but it isn’t yet intellectual property.

10 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Not too long ago, defensible IP was one of the top things venture capitalists wanted to see in a startup. Patents aren't your only asset.

Product Management 101

Platforms and Networks

This fall at Harvard Business School , we launched Product Management 101, a course for academic credit that uses a "learning-by-doing" approach to build basic PM skills, rather than the classic HBS case method approach. Students whose products were not advanced could join another team. What is a Product Requirements Document?

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

acquire startups for their teams (and discard the product). buy out another company’s product line for the product. So what?

When Should A Company Be Formed Around an Idea?

Ask The VC

Question: I participated in a company’s “app challenge weekend” (which they described as somewhere between a hackathon and a startup weekend). I am excited to continue working on the product that my team built over the weekend with 2 of the team members (my brother and the guy who pitched the idea).

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Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

Both Sides of the Table

They were then sued for trademark infringement by a foreign company who had no product, no customers and no employees in the US. For what?

3 Ways Structure Can Take Your Tech Startup To New Heights

YoungUpstarts

Look no further than  Google and Oracle , and you’ll see that no company is immune from IP impasses. Jenga tower is a precariously built one.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. Lots of thoughts here. But let's leave that aside for a minute.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. Lots of thoughts here. But let's leave that aside for a minute.

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Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

And when we do make bets, they’re small bets on incremental products or acquisitions that simply add to the bottom line.”. Startups have finite time and resources to find product/market fit before they run out of money. They’ve found product/market fit (what products customers want to buy). and how to price the product.

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I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Value Propositions and Customer Segments are covered in weeks 1 and 2, emphasizing the search for problem/solution and then product/market fit.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a line of thinking in Silicon Valley that you should build product businesses rather than services businesses. They wanted advice.