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Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

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. It’s also important to realize how little value investors therefore put on IP when investing in a company. If traction is the new IP, the question still remains if your startup should file a patent if you see an opportunity.

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For IP Security at Startups, "Later" Isn't Soon Enough

ReadWriteStart

They just cost money, so a lot of cash-strapped startups decide to put them off until "later.". IP theft is happening a lot more in startups," says Chris Porter, senior security analyst at Verizon and coauthor of Verizon's recently released 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report. "IP

When Old IP Comes Back From the Dead

Inc Startups

What does that have to do with your IP strategy? There are multiple types of IP in this example. If this holographic entertainment goes on tour, it could turn into a whole lot of very real money because of what all that IP makes possible.

The Importance of Trademarking

Up and Running

Monetary relief, including your profits, any damages sustained by the plaintiff, and the costs of the action. Managing a Business intellectual Property IP trademarking trademarks

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

Taffy Williams

Monday, March 21, 2011 Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined This blog will eventually discuss several key issues relating to your technology, including: selection, acquisition of rights, due diligence, commercial market, time to market, end users, size of market, and much more.

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.) Type of IP. _. Each patent filing will cost your company $10-30k and take 1-4 years. That changed when I joined the board of a startup, and we sued Microsoft and Sony on the same day for patent infringement – and won $120 million. A few caveats, this post is not legal advice, it’s not even advice, and it deals with law in the United States.

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups

Gust

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. 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.

How to Protect Your Startup IP

Early Growth Financial Services

Not protecting your business’ IP or unwittingly infringing someone else’s can be a really costly unforced error. This week Allonn Levy of Hopkins & Carley and Glenn McCrae, EGFS’ Strategy Officer, gave a webinar on how to avoid the biggest mistakes startups make with IP. Get the download here and read below for the top 5 mistakes, advice and tips on how to address issues before they blow up, and ways to avoid being involved in costly litigation.

The one barrier to entry startups should focus on

Version One Ventures

However, the web has leveled the playing field even more: Lower customer switching costs: With the cloud, customers can more easily switch software vendors without having to worry about a major hardware re-tool or complex IT implementation. Barriers to entry! Photo credit: phill.d)

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GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups

Ask The VC

Jill promises to dish on IP “train wrecks” (her words) that she’s seen over the past decade and hopefully her wisdom can save some folks future headaches. She also promises to talk about costs savings in IP controversies and expose how some big firms are ripping off their clients. Her first post is Ten Smart Reasons to Learn About IP Law.

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

VC Cafe

Our solutions provide peace of mind, improve quality of life and save costs to users and service providers. Free roaming technology – unique roaming solution which eliminates roaming costs in more than 150 countries.

Business Intelligence in a Wiki World!

Active Garage

Implementing basic BI has become not a luxury but a standard cost of doing business. The discussions weigh the pros and cons of when it is best to foster creativity through opening up their research to collaboration and when Intellectual Property (IP) should be preserved.

How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

This needn’t be some terribly complex formula that tries to do a cost accounting of everyone’s contribution to the decimal point. Ideation/IP.

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Are Universities The New VCs?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It isn't the IP and patents that are held by Universities that interest me. In an era when the cost of a University education has gone up way faster than the value of it, we need new business models to sustain universities other than tuition increases, federally funded research, and the generosity of the alumni. The New Yorker has a piece on Stanford's StartX.

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

Agile VC

This needn’t be some terribly complex formula that tries to do a cost accounting of everyone’s contribution to the decimal point. I like to say that “there are only co-founders” — it’s extraordinarily rare for a successful business to have just a sole founder.

Startup Blog: Virtual Work Force: by Don Alexander

Taffy Williams

I am preparing the next section on IP for this blog which I hope to have completed in the near future. The company will benefit from variable, rather than fixed, costs. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

Mistake #2 : not buttoning-down IP ownership issues (at 10:20). iii) VC’s typically don’t invest in pass-through entities; (iv) more costly and complicated on an ongoing basis. Mistake #2: Not Buttoning-Down IP Ownership Issues.

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

Both Sides of the Table

This also happens out of “startup weekends” where it’s unclear who contributed to the IP and where many people don’t continue with the idea beyond the first 30 days. *. Lawsuits.

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Todd Morrill wanted teams developing Diagnostics to have a reimbursement strategy fully documented, the necessary IP in place, regulation and technical validation (clinical trial) regime understood and described and the cost structure and financing needs well documented.

10 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Inc Startups

Not too long ago, defensible IP was one of the top things venture capitalists wanted to see in a startup. After all, creating and maintaining a robust IP portfolio is expensive. So what should startups do to protect their IP assets?

8 Intellectual Property Items Every Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

Public Wi-Fi Security Threats and How to Avoid them

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

They don’t cost anything and they are extremely light, which means that they won’t burden your device at all. This will take you to a different server at an entirely different location, enabling you to access public network without giving away your actual IP address.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Finally we move to the left side of the canvas to teach the supporting elements of Resources, Partners, Activities and Costs. Activities cover clinical trials, FDA approvals, Freedom to Operate (IP, Licenses) software development, drug or device design, etc.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

These include the product itself, the customer, the distribution channel, revenue model, how to get, keep and grow customers, resources and activities needed to build the business and costs.). The founding team is testing for the right combination of product, market, revenue, costs, etc.

Rebtel Moves To Lower Costs In International SMS Traffic

ArcticStartup

Just before Easter, Rebtel has announced that they are moving into the international SMS space with the launch of the ToIP (Text-over-IP) service. Rebtel To IP is an SMS service for feature phones that is up to 93% cheaper than a similar service offered by AT&T and Verizon. This can bring big cost savings for companies that need to do a lot of international texting.

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4 Easy Steps to Increase Your Business’s Online Security

Up and Running

PCI 1-2-3 costs $250/yr plus another $100 per extra IP address. In fact, according to Fit Small Business, “60% of small businesses that suffer a data breach are out of business 6 months later,” because of the costly fees and loss of business.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

Could we produce this at cost? We hired IP specialists to review prior art. We grilled their IP attorneys. It turns out that while she had the right idea the materials needed some reworking to come in at the cost structure required to build a business at scale.

Top Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Deimar

You need to comprehend what fines, extra costs, or situations may limit what the company gets of the contract. Finally, completely understand who owns what as the relationship persists, especially in the case of intellectual property (IP). Not Protecting IP Ownership.

Social Media Accounts are Intellectual Property

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Propery Around the World

ReadWriteStart

Intellectual Property (IP) is vitally important to start-ups. The Start-Up Genome Project , which aims to map, model and analyze what makes start-ups tick, identified IP as a top source of competitive advantage for start-ups.

IX WebHosting Review

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

It is one cost effective web hosting companies that offer high end services for its clients. Subscribers to this plan would enjoy one free domain as well as two dedicated IP addresses. Three dedicated IP addresses. 15 dedicated IP. Two dedicated IPs. Introduction.

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

My law firm recently entered into a new partnership with This Week in Startups and sponsored their live fireside chat last month in San Francisco with authors Nick Bilton and Brad Stone.

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

They know the activities, resources and partners (manufacturing, regulation, IP, supply chain, etc.) – and the costs to deliver the product/service and have well defined product development and product management tools that emphasize the linear nature of shipping products to existing customers. The strategy and structure for 21st corporate innovation will come from emulating the speed, urgency, agility and low-cost, rapid experimentation of startups.

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Great Entrepreneurs are Masters of Business Chaos

Startup Professionals Musings

Once they see you have developed credible traction, they can grab your space with less cost (meaning lower price) than you had to put into developing it. Don’t count on your IP to save you. With decreased employee productivity and outdated technology, your costs go up, and income drops.

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7 Lessons They Don’t Teach You In Crowdfunding School

Startup Professionals Musings

Project your costs as diligently as your revenues. Keep all IP details close to the vest. Don’t forget to account for the time and cost of crowdfunding campaigns.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

You own the IP you create. Final message on financing – just be careful not to let your fixed costs get too high as a young services business. Those companies that have a largely variable cost base and make the tough decisions survive for the next boom.

Google Analytics Health Check: Is Your Configuration Broken?

ConversionXL

Is the office IP address filtered out? Are the IP addresses of your affiliates filtered out (agencies, freelancers, etc.)? Is your home IP address filtered out? Are the IP addresses of remote employees filtered out?

Can Your Startup Flourish Despite Business Chaos?

Startup Professionals Musings

Once they see you have developed credible traction, they can grab your space with less cost (meaning lower price) than you had to put into developing it. Don’t count on your IP to save you. With decreased employee productivity and outdated technology, your costs go up, and income drops.

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30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

This is done by enriching transaction data points such as name, email address, and billing and shipping address with around 2,000 extra data points, such as an IP latency check to measure the real distance from the user, IP connection type, distance between key strokes, and email name match.