Start-up Tips: Identifying Intellectual Property, Simplified


I’ve attended many IP seminars and conferences conducted specifically for businesses and they are generally always about Patents. Intellectual Property, simply put, is a creation of the mind that’s unique. Intellectual Property is all about protecting what’s “mine”.

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. What kind of risk do we run of being put out of business by others’ IP rights ? How much risk do IP issues in the aggregate pose to our business ? It’s often possible to “ design around ” a patent to operate a business that achieves similar results in different ways.)

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3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

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Many start-up owners are concerned with the intellectual property (IP) of their company, and they should be. Seasoned entrepreneurs understand the need to take risks with their IP, typically by sharing early-stage product ideas, concepts, or business models with potential investors.

The Business Model Canvas Can Get Your Startup Funded

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An effective tool I see used more and more, as a prelude to a more detailed business plan, is the Business Model Canvas , first introduced by Alexander Osterwalder back in 2008. A business without well-defined customers is never fundable.

6 Ways Startups Are Fooled By Prior Business Models

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Many are just not facing the reality that their passion had a critical business flaw. Every business, young or old, needs to avoid the following six mistakes that he outlines: Anticipating success based on the recent past. Physically or emotionally moving yourself above the business.

Business Model Analysis, Part 1: Key Questions

Platforms and Networks

Business model analysis is central to the lean startup approach developed by Eric Ries , Steve Blank , and others. But what exactly is a business model? I’ll also share some practical guidelines for conducting business model analysis. business models

The 47th (-46) International Business Model Competition

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The most visible step was the first International Business Model Competition , hosted by the BYU Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Or more accurately, startups are a temporary organization designed to search for a scalable and repeatable business model.)

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Qualcomm’s Corporate Entrepreneurship Program – Lessons Learned (Part 2)

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When the teams exited the bootcamp, however, it was unclear which existing business unit should evaluate them. We should had done this before assigning the teams to a particular business unit (or had the ability to create a new business unit, or spin the team out of the company).

Which Is The Best Business Model For Your Startup – B2B Or B2C? by Yaro Starak

Choosing the right business to start is something that nobody can tell you except yourself. Ask ten business owners what they think as to which business to start and you’ll probably end up with fifteen different ideas because answering the Golden Question of Entrepreneurship often proves difficult to even the most seasoned business professional. What may be a cost-effective business now could be a nightmare waiting to happen.

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Alex Osterwalder on Business Model Innovation at Business of Software 2011.

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Alex Osterwalder, author of Business Model Generation, entrepreneur and man on a mission to make Business Models sexy and interesting had a tough act to follow last year. He was the third speaker of the morning, talking after Professor Clayton Christensen who gave a “jaw-droppingly good” talk about why large companies fail and how entrepreneurial businesses succeed – well worth a watch. Alex Osterwalder, Business Model Generation.

7 Critical Steps for Attracting Venture Funding

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What makes an idea compelling to an investor is 2 fold: 1) does the idea offer a solution to a big problem or opportunity, and 2) is the idea protected via intellectual property or some other barrier to entry. Have businesses signed letters of intent?

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

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Surprisingly if you’ve filled out the business model canvas you already know who you need. She started by sketching her business model canvas on a napkin, but somehow the conversation quickly shifted to what was really on her mind.

4 Startup Survival Lessons Lead To Business Success

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In this context, it’s time for every business, not only startups, to take a fresh look at the basics of business success. This means building a revenue stream, and tuning your business model to produce margins in the 50 percent range or above.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

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We’re changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development to better-fit therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices. In this week we generally describe the business rationale of why you need these.

Why Translational Medicine Will Never be The Same

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have learned how to use business models, get out of the building to test their hypotheses and minimum viable product. However, business models in the Life Sciences are a bit more complicated than those in software, web/mobile or hardware.

These 8 Disciplines Define A Fundable Entrepreneur

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Aspiring entrepreneurs often ask me what to do first when starting a business. Just don’t try to sell your business to investors before it is well established. You shouldn’t try to create a business that hasn’t yet been defined. business discipline entrepreneur fundable startup

A Five-Minute Tutorial On How To Value Your Startup

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If you have a proven business model with some sales, it’s credible to apply a multiplier of five to 10 times this number for the first element of valuation. Registered intellectual property adds value.

Time For Founders School

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8 Ways To Get Off The Ground With Angel Investors

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Come with a product built and a proven business model. Angels are most interested to help you scale the business, once you have real customer traction and ready to break out. It takes more than one person, no matter how passionate, to grow an investible business.

Entrepreneurs Need To Understand Survival Basics

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In this context, it’s time for every business, not only startups, to take a fresh look at the basics of business success. This means building a revenue stream, and tuning your business model to produce margins in the 50% range or above.

Entrepreneurs, Use Patents to Protect Your Intellectual Property and Create Value for Your Start-up Company

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One way to accomplish this is to develop, file, and prosecute a number of broad patents to protect your start-up company and its underlying intellectual property. With limited funds, the necessity of securing a number of patents to protect your intellectual property has generally not been a viable option for these same start-up companies. This is generally accomplished with patents covering the underlying and core intellectual property of your start-up company.

Get the Heck Out of the Building in Founder’s School: Part 2

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Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

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Corporations running internal incubators face many of the same selection issues as startup investors, plus they must grapple with the issues of integrating new ideas into existing P&L-driven functions or business units.

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The critical success factors for a product business are well known, starting with selling every unit with a gross margin of 50 percent or more, building a patent and other intellectual property, and continuous product improvement.

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10 Action Items to Keep Angel Investors Hovering


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Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

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How Great Entrepreneurs Spell Continuous Innovation

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7 Key Steps From a Million Dollar Idea To a Business

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Business Model Analysis, Part 4: Racing for Scale

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This post is part of a series on business model analysis for entrepreneurs. The first post in the series presents a comprehensive list of issues entrepreneurs should consider when designing a business model. It's crucial to understand whether accelerated growth is a priority, given the attributes of your business model. I've written below with the tacit assumption that a founder will always want to grow a business if she can.

Investors Love To Fund Solutions That Are Scalable

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Simply stated, it means that your business has the potential to multiply revenue with minimal incremental cost. Ready to scale is when you have a proven product and a proven business model, about to expand to new geographies and markets.

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Crowd-Funding Success Usually Brings New Challenges


But from my perspective in really helping entrepreneurs, both fall short on several counts: Focus too much on the product, not enough on the business model. No one contemplates including a business plan, investor presentation, or even the equivalent of an executive summary.