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Startups and IP Ownership Issues

Scott Edward Walker

For many startups, intellectual property (IP) is their most valuable asset.  Any IP created or acquired by a founder (e.g.,

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Legal Checklist for Startups

Scott Edward Walker

Button-down IP ownership and assignment issues (see post here ). 5.  None of this is rocket science. 

When Does Zynga Become a Value Stock?

Agile VC

Draw something… other than this painful chart. Zynga’s faced a lot of pressure in the public markets recently. 2.2-2.3B

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Taking stock of the Dutch tech cluster: What The Netherlands needs to win the European startup scene

The Next Web

So let’s take stock: What do we offer? Robert Verwaayen is a Dutch venture capitalist. So is the Dutch tech startup story sold short? Go bigger.

The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions

crowdSPRING Blog

Ask crowdSPRING: Can Royalty-free Stock Be Used For Logo Design? The right typeface is often the key to a great logo, graphic or web design.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

You can then work with your law firm to formally draw up founder common stock paperwork either then or subsequently. Ideation/IP.

Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

You can then work with your law firm to formally draw up founder common stock paperwork either then or subsequently.

If I Launched a Startup

The Startup Lawyer

Hell Yes. (9) Vesting Schedule for Founders Shares: 4 years with a One Year Cliff. (10) Consideration for Founders Shares: Cash & IP. (11) Handling of “Lost Founders&# : Lock Down the IP (then Wish Them Well).

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The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Mistake #2 :  not buttoning-down IP ownership issues (at 10:20). corp vs. C corp – “qualified small business stock”  . Cheers, Scott.

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

Both Sides of the Table

He had a stock option vesting program and had vested a significant amount of his stock but not all. Lawsuits are on the rise. For what?

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Cheers, Scott [link] Below is my personal outline for the workshop. issues to address include: How have they treated their other portfolio companies?

Christine: Mobile IM and IP: the Web Portal Killers

Christine.net

Automating this sort of filtering is enabled by IP communications that canovercome todays silo applications. Christine (.net) and other portals.

Why founders should assign IP to their company

VC Ready Blog

This may not seem like a big deal when the value of unassigned IP is hard to determine, but it can become one if the IP turns out to be critical to the company’s business. Worse yet, if a founder leaves a company his IP goes with him, which may make it impossible for the company to continue to do business.

Why founders should assign IP to their company

VC Ready Blog

This may not seem like a big deal when the value of unassigned IP is hard to determine, but it can become one if the IP turns out to be critical to the company’s business. Worse yet, if a founder leaves a company his IP goes with him, which may make it impossible for the company to continue to do business.

Why founders should assign IP to their company

VC Ready Blog

This may not seem like a big deal when the value of unassigned IP is hard to determine, but it can become one if the IP turns out to be critical to the company’s business. Worse yet, if a founder leaves a company his IP goes with him, which may make it impossible for the company to continue to do business.

Top Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Deimar

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

When do I need to incorporate a company?

Startup Company Lawyer

Incorporating a company and issuing stock to the founders will help prevent misunderstandings among the founders about equity splits.  Creating intellectual property.  If there is any IP created and there is more than one founder, then incorporating an entity and assigning IP to the entity is important.  Issuing stock options. 

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The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

We hired IP specialists to review prior art. We grilled their IP attorneys. When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. Check. Check.

Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

You can then work with your law firm to formally draw up founder common stock paperwork either then or subsequently. appeared first on AGILEVC.

Bad Notes on Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

If you’re wildly successful early on or if they help you achieve a great valuation they actually pay a significant price for their eventual stock even though they took much more risk than a future investor and backed you early. Less than you’ll probably grant your most junior employees in stock options? Stock Option plans.

Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

Both Sides of the Table

There are many companies with phenomenal IP that is truly differentiated but where the original executive team squandered their opportunity due to inability to sell, market or service customers. There is often money to be made in finding places with under-valued IP. But how? Nobody sees you as a CEO since you’ve never been one?

Christine: Sprints ILEC-Hosted IP Centrex Deployment Strategy

Christine.net

Leverage years of IP Centrex learnings immediately 2. Christine (.net) net) technology and society Tweets follow me on Twitter Snaps www.

Burnham's Beat: Top 10 Best and Worst Internet Stocks of 2009

Burnham's Beat

« The Consumerization of Enterprise VC | Main. | Top 10 Best and Worst Software Stocks of 2009 » 01/01/2010. Top 10 Best and Worst Internet Stocks of 2009.   The average Internet stock gained +91.6%   The average Top 10 stock this year was off -64.3% in 2008 vs. Stocks. Stocks.

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Bad Notes on VC

Gust

If you’re wildly successful early on or if they help you achieve a great valuation they actually pay a significant price for their eventual stock even though they took much more risk than a future investor and backed you early. Less than you’ll probably grant your most junior employees in stock options? Stock Option plans.

Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

Both Sides of the Table

Assuming normal valuations at fund raising rounds you’ll be down to 6-12% after you’ve created a stock-option pool and raised capital. They’ll happily join for 5% or less and they’ll have options and not stock. Make sure you own your IP. Here are some lessons to avoid common traps. Not worth it.

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Burnham's Beat: Top 10 Software Stocks of 2006

Burnham's Beat

« Top 10 Internet Stocks of 2006 | Main. | 36 Days: Online Storage Ain’t All It’s Backed Up To Be » 01/05/2007. Top 10 Software Stocks of 2006. Software stocks may have only performed in-line with the rest of the market, but these stocks were at the top of the class. Stocks. Software|Stocks|.

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Setting Up a Security System For Your Small Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Security signage, whether displayed indoors or out, should be vandal-resistant, and made of metal or laminated heavy stock paper. While Internet protocol (IP) cameras are the choice of more and more business and store owners, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras can also work for your purpose. Security Signage. What Type? Alarm.

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If I Launched a Startup

The Startup Lawyer

Hell Yes. (9) Vesting Schedule for Founders Shares: 4 years with a One Year Cliff. (10) Consideration for Founders Shares: Cash & IP. (11) Handling of “Lost Founders&# : Lock Down the IP.

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How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Shame about not getting it in legal writing that you owned the original IP.  the link is here. Many people start companies arse backwards. 

Creating a Tech or Biotech: The Entrepreneur

Taffy Williams

Analyze trading histories of public biotech, pharma, or medical device company stocks. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs. Now what?

Do It Right The First Time, Part II: Visit the Doctor or House Call?

Gust

Enter into agreements between Newco and founders, early contributors, outside advisors or service providers under which they contribute or assign all intellectual property related to the company’s business to Newco in exchange for the issuance of founders’ stock (Common Stock). Make escrow arrangements for restricted stock (i.e.,

Dear elizy: How should I split equity with my co-founders?  And how will that affect raising a seed round?

Hippoland

Ada is my professor, and we are using her lab, and the company is based on her research, though the IP is assigned to the company. This means that you earn your stock ownership linearly over the period of 4 years. But, you definitely want everyone to earn his/her stock. Let’s call them Ada and Bob. Good luck!

How to Manage a Crisis Before It Destroys Your Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

This included hard assets, as well as the IP that we both created. You lose your biggest customer; a storm wipes out your data center.

How Great, Operationally-Focused CFO’s Can Transform Your Business

Both Sides of the Table

Stock option top-ups after a few years are vital retention mechanisms. Legal threats from other IP holders? What I love about my job is getting to see teams of super-early-stage companies develop ideas that while raw have potential to make an impact on the market. But alas I must scale with businesses and make money. And so must you.

At least half of all Bitcoin transactions are for online gambling

Lightspeed Venture Partners

Instead, the most common usecase for Bitcoin is online gambling. Satoshi Dice  is the most popular Bitcoin denominated online gambling site. bitcoin

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

If you spent the 3 years perfecting some hugely differentiated technology IP that may also be different. One of them is profitability. Profit.

How To Survive A Startup

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

One of the first lessons in any survival course is to sit down, take stock of your current situation and prioritise what needs to be done. No matter how big or small you are, it’s always important to consider protecting your IP and trademark that will provide a secure shelter for the future of your business. Do nothing – think.

Filing a Charter Is Not a Startup Incorporation

The Startup Lawyer

In fact, typical incorporation services do not even offer a stock purchase agreement. And you can definitely forget about a technology transfer agreement or anything else IP-related. I’ve noticed a lot of recent articles promoting that a startup can “ skip the lawyer &# and incorporate via an online service.

The Legal Side of Entrepreneurship

YoungUpstarts

Startups bear the costs of their financing, from the first seed investment to the sale of Series A stock. Financing. Convertible Securities.

Do It Right The First Time: Avoiding “Janitorial” Legal Work

Gust

This is most urgent when more than one founder is involved, when “outsiders” touch IP related to the new business, or when the startup is engaged in a business closely related to the current or former employer(s) of the founder(s). What is a startup really?  In next week’s post, I will get into specific documents.  Good stuff!

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