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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.

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.

Lockdown Lost-Founder IP

The Startup Lawyer

Thus, it’s wise to lock down your startup’s IP early to prevent the lost founder problem. How to Lock Down the IP. Consideration for services rendered should be given to all developers and consultants that work on anything IP-related at your startup. Lost Founders. Consideration can also be cash. Conclusion.

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?

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.

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?

Top Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Deimar

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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?

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. 

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.,

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.

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.

LawPivot: Crowdsourced, Confidential Legal Advice for Startups

ReadWriteStart

Mandal was the lead of Apple's mergers and acquisitions team, and Gupta was an IP attorney at a several national firms. Sponsor. How It Works.

Eight Silly Data Things Marketing People Believe That Get Them Fired.

Occam's Razor

Let's say you have a stock portfolio with someone like E-Trade. Big data. Small data. Any data. Silly not in their eyes, silly in my eyes.

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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Find Innovation 5 Times A Day

YoungUpstarts

At University, I had similar ventures and started a software company with a professor to teach stock traders virtually how to trade.

Why Content Personalization Is Not Web Personalization (and What to Do About It)

ConversionXL

Low in stock alerts. Personalization has grown rapidly since David’s statement. Tweet It!]. Does it actually impact conversion rates?

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Startup Resources

www.vccafe.com

IP Location Tools. Lodestone Innovation Partners (IP) Ltd are spin-out specialists. London Stock Exchange. About VC Cafe. Contact.

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? Unfortunately, I cannot make it much less fuzzy.