Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know


Unless you have baked in the proper IP protection, it’s far too easy for a great idea to be replicated and for you to be out of the game before even getting started. The following are four classes of protected IP: trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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Startups and IP Ownership Issues

Scott Edward Walker

For many startups, intellectual property (IP) is their most valuable asset. Below are the three most common IP-related mistakes that startups make — the first of which I discuss in this brief video with Jason Calacanis. electronic files, prototypes, customer lists, etc.).

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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. Significant differences will confuse your customers, and open the door to imitators and scam artists.

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. Category leaders do very well, while the #2, 3, 4… players struggle to attract customers and financing. In the past, the adoption of an enterprise tool was primarily driven by the quality and aggressiveness of a sales force to win over more customers.

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Intellectual Property 101

Up and Running

If someone asked whether or not your business has Intellectual Property (IP) and your answer is “I do not know” or “I doubt it,” you are not alone. It is difficult to be in a business situation completely devoid of IP worth identifying and protecting.

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. I’d like to take a step back and discuss the significance of IP as a component of the overall value that founders intend to create as they grow the company. How much is it worth investing in cultivating and enforcing an IP portfolio ?

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. _. customer lists, formula. _. Startups acquiring their first customers may give special licensing terms in key markets, territories, etc.

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups


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.

The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions

crowdSPRING Blog

For example, a typeface may be customized and used as part of a logo design. The right typeface is often the key to a great logo, graphic or web design. But there’s much confusion and misinformation about typefaces, fonts and the law.

How Etsy Manages HTTPS and SSL Certificates for Custom Domains on Pattern

Code as Craft

The ability to point a custom domain to a Pattern site is an especially popular feature; many Pattern sites use their own domain name, either registered directly on the Pattern dashboard, or linked to Pattern from a third-party registrar. Use VHost

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Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

They’ve found product/market fit (what products customers want to buy). They’ve learned the best distribution channel to get the product from their company to the customer. 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.

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3 Reasons Why The Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Help U.S. Manufacturers Protect IP

Inc Startups

Trade secrets - including manufacturing designs & processes, customer lists and R&D information - are the 'secret sauce' of manufacturing competitiveness

How To Launch a Startup and Avoid Ending-up in Jail

Scott Edward Walker

Not only are there key contractual issues that must be buttoned-down (like vesting and IP assignment ), but also there is a minefield of laws and regulations that must be complied with. Introduction I love working with startups – and trying to protect founders and watch their backs.

7 Incredible Web Design, Branding, Digital Marketing Experiences

Occam's Razor

AAA Life Insurance : Truly Customer Centric "Convince Me To Buy" Experience. They use geo/ip to work out where I am. Why is it that uses none of my location signals to customize content on their home page to appeal to me?

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Protect Your Business Plan Like It’s Your Baby—Here’s How

Up and Running

Nearly all businesses, whether they are small or large, are comprised of intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets, which can serve as the foundation for commercial success. Examples of IP and trade secrets include but are not limited to: Business plans. Customer lists.

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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. Even if you simply decide to launch a crowdfunding campaign, you’re exposing your IP to risk. What IP do you have?

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

Steve Blank

With hindsight we should have had “proof of concepts” tested in a corporate center (think ‘pop-up incubator’) where they would do extensive Customer Discovery.

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

VC Cafe

Mobile analytics – measuring the impact of mobile and increasing customer engagement (Check out G-Stat). This allows customers to create, manage and track processes that include tagging of physical objects using barcodes. Data mining-based Customer analytics.

Setting up a custom short domain name

Eric Friedman

I have been wanting to setup my own custom short URL for awhile and finally got around to setting up Logging into, navigate to settings>advanced and add your own custom domain. Once you are in, change the A record for your domain to the suggestion IP from

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You Can’t “Feature” Your Way to Success

Market by Numbers

Solution-centralism starts in Customer Discovery. Solution-centralism continues in Customer Validation. In this age of fast development and no IP protection, whoever “owns&# the customer, wins. You own the customer by understanding and solving their problem better than anyone else. This is why Customer Development , when properly done, is critical to your success.

3 Steps to Protecting Intellectual Property

Inc Startups

How do you keep your IP safe from view. Many start-up owners are concerned with the intellectual property (IP) of their company, and they should be. IP is a valuable asset that needs to be protected, insured, and, sometimes, even risked.

Lesson Learned in Medical Devices

Steve Blank

Doctors, researchers and Principal Investigators in this class got out of the lab and hospital talked to 2,355 customers, tested 947 hypotheses and invalidated 423 of them. Part 4: This Will Save us Years – Customer Discovery in Medical Devices.

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Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out – The Startup Genome Project

Steve Blank

Founders overestimate the value of IP before product market fit by 255%. . We found 4 different major groups of startups that all have very different behavior regarding customer acquisition, time, product, market and team. Filed under: Customer Development , Teaching , Venture Capital. Customer Development Teaching Venture Capital

Business Intelligence in a Wiki World!

Active Garage

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.

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). In fact, 100 percent of businesses have IP. Your email list, logo, sales process, and even your website domain are parts of your IP.

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

Up and Running

In the simplest terms, intellectual property (IP) pertains to things you create with your mind; not the ideas themselves, but the expression of the ideas in some form. There are four common types of IP: . The Battle of Copyright—a copyright-free image by Christopher Dombres via Flickr.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

We’re changing the order in which we teach the business model canvas and customer development to better-fit therapeutics, diagnostics and medical devices. “Customer Development” to test the hypotheses outside the building and. Customer Segments change over time.

Lessons Learned in Diagnostics

Steve Blank

Doctors, researchers and Principal Investigators in this class got out of the lab and hospital talked to 2,355 customers, tested 947 hypotheses and invalidated 423 of them. Part 4: This Will Save us Years – Customer Discovery in Medical Devices.

The high road to building an enterprise SaaS company

The Next Web

The keys are maintaining capital efficiency, launching early versions to the SMB market and constantly applying customer development methods. Yoav Leitersdorf and Ofer Schreiber of are partners at YL Ventures. Developing an enterprise-grade SaaS product is not easy.

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Startup Blog: SME's: Get More of What you Want ? 8 Tips to Help.

Taffy Williams

Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A. Virtual Work Force: by Don Alexander Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined “Show Me the Money&# : Is This the Right Business Op.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept


Beyond that, I want lots of conversations with experts, users, customers, VCs, partners, etc. NDAs or Other Protection So you decide you want to be able to share with experts, users, customers, VCs, partners, etc.

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept


Beyond that, I want lots of conversations with experts, users, customers, VCs, partners, etc. NDAs or Other Protection So you decide you want to be able to share with experts, users, customers, VCs, partners, etc.

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StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups


As you might imagine, when you go to the page on Customer Development , you find the best and the latest content from people like Steve Blank and Vinicius Vacanti.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

A business model is all the parts of a strategy necessary to deliver a product to a customer and make money from it. If they acquire later stage companies who already have users/customers and/or a predictable revenue stream, they are acquiring companies which are executing.

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. *. Lawsuits.

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Over 10 weeks each team gets out of the building talking to 100 customers to test their hypotheses across all 9 boxes in the business model canvas. Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus.

Christine: Sprints ILEC-Hosted IP Centrex Deployment Strategy

« How the Big Guys Support VoIP Through Mesh Network Transitions | Main | Why Sling Media is Protecting Consumer Freedom » Sprints ILEC-Hosted IP Centrex Deployment Strategy How are ILECs and CLECs propping up their market share in traditional TDM voice services? Christine (.net)

If You’re Developing Any 3D Printing Tech, Don’t Buy A Stratasys Printer

Andrew Payne

Such license shall also extend to Stratasys’ customers, licensors and other authorized users of Stratasys products in connection with their use of Stratasys products. In simpler terms, if (a) you own a product subject to this license, and (b) invent something related to 3D printing, Stratasys and all of their customers have a right to use your invention without paying you. Technically, it says that your invention must incorporate, or be derived from, or improve upon their IP.

IX WebHosting Review

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Today, the company has thousands of customers from all parts of the world. Their customer support is the best you can find in the industry. The company uses state of the art web hosting technology, data center, as well as US call center to attend the needs of its customers.

4 Easy Steps to Increase Your Business’s Online Security

Up and Running

Here are four easy steps you can take to make your business more secure and protect your customers’ sensitive information from cyber criminals. PCI 1-2-3 costs $250/yr plus another $100 per extra IP address. Protecting your customers’ information should be one of your top priorities.