Protecting IP in Crowdfunded Deals

Angel Investing News

Investors will eventually want to validate the intellectual property (IP) prior to investing but not just to hear about the opportunity. During this phase of the investment process, representatives of the investor group may agree to a non-disclosure agreement as part of their validation of the IP. Unfortunately from what I read, crowdfunders expect to invest in the next potential IPO in which IP may play a huge role in the success of the company.

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Israel & Japan: Konnichi Wa to Collaboration, Sayonara to Stagnation

VC Cafe

The complexities of Japan’s distribution and regulatory environment are important considerations. Also, patent review is slower than Europe, as noted by Maier Fenster of IP firm Ehlich & Fenster in his presentation IP in Japan.

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Trending Sources

10 Characteristics of Successful Distribution Networks - NextWala

NextWala

10 Characteristics of Successful Distribution Networks. Photo by Nick Saltmarsh ) Over the past few months, I've looked at many startups that are focused on distribution of content in the digital media & mobile space.  NextWala.

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.

Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World

Gust

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 ?

The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions

crowdSPRING Blog

Under the 1976 Copyright Act (United States), the copyright owner has the exclusive right to reproduce, adapt, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display the work. The right typeface is often the key to a great logo, graphic or web design.

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

VC Cafe

Allot is a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization and revenuegeneration solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology, Allot Service Gateway solutions for mobile broadband are compliant with 3G.4G/LTE and WiMax networks and provide full cell awareness.

IP-Delivered TV: Are We There Yet?

Andrew Payne

I’ve always felt television, in the limit, will be delivered over IP. Specialized, proprietary cable TV distribution is gradually giving way to big, fast, cheap IP pipes. Of course, HTML5 & native apps will enable the long-awaited vision of “interactive TV” I’ve written about this before (going back years): One more step to IP-delivered television (2008). I’ve started watching Netflix’s new original show, House of Cards.

IP-Delivered TV: Are We There Yet?

Andrew Payne

I’ve always felt television, in the limit, will be delivered over IP. Specialized, proprietary cable TV distribution is gradually giving way to big, fast, cheap IP pipes. Of course, HTML5 & native apps will enable the long-awaited vision of “interactive TV” I’ve written about this before (going back years): One more step to IP-delivered television (2008). I’ve started watching Netflix’s new original show, House of Cards.

2012: The Year That Movements Go Mainstream?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The idea of a distributed social net that is not controlled by any company or institution has been around for a while. 4) Wired says that 2011 was the year that IP trumped Civil Liberties. I returned from ten days of skiing with my family last night. I'm on mountain time and plan to stay there until the new year. Staying up late and sleeping late seems to be a good way to bring in the New Year. But even so, my version of sleeping late is getting up at 8am.

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Why The Media Has Been Wrong About YouTube Networks

Both Sides of the Table

Maker announced it has raised $62 million this year, acquired an amazing off-YouTube distribution network and grown its business in monetary terms by almost 300% year-over-year off of an already large base. YouTube is our best, but not only, distribution source.

Christine: Mobile IM and IP: the Web Portal Killers

Christine.net

Main | How the Internet is Transforming Television Distribution » Mobile IM and IP: the Web Portal Killers Mobile presence, availability, and community were the central issues brought to Spring 2006 VON by Borough Turner of NMS Communications. Christine (.net)

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Next we teach Distribution Channels (how are you going to sell the product) and Customer Relationships (how do you Get/Keep/Grow customers) and Revenue Streams (what’s the Revenue Model strategy and pricing tactics.) We’ve pivoted our Lean LaunchPad / I-Corps curriculum.

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The content industry's lobbyists have forged two new bills, one in the Senate called Protect IP and one in the House called E-Parasites. It has developed both protectitive technologies like DRM and alternative distribution services like premium streaming audio and video services such as Netflix, Spotify, and many others. These protective technologies and alternative distribution services have significantly cut the amount of online piracy in the past decade.

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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.). For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups.

White-Label Mobile App Users: Who Owns Them?

The Startup Lawyer

If a startup gets paid via a revenue share arrangement, the potential exists for the large company to exercise their early-termination rights and get their white-label app’s users free-of-charge (or worse, the IP). But even if the white-label agreement vests the startup with all IP ownership, including both the startup’s mobile app and the white-label app, the large company could still receive the free benefit of the jointly-grown user base. The Distribution Channel.

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

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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Some Fresh Twitter Stats (as of July 2012, Dataset Included)

Diego Basch

Twitter limits API requests from a given IP address to 150 per hour (in practice sometimes less). I had to use a few addresses to fetch all the data over the weekend (tip that came in handy: some mobile carriers refresh your IP every time you go in and out of airplane mode).

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How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost

Steve Blank

Startups are developing IP relevant to the disruption. For example, Google’s acquisition of Nest (which had customers, revenue and a distribution channel) allowed it to enter the connected home market immediately.

You are the Best One to Build Your Startup Brand

Gust

I hear lots of excuses from startup founders, like “I’m too busy,” concern over IP security, can’t afford an agency, and it’s too early. As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to start selling yourself and your idea.

Christine: How the Internet is Transforming Television Distribution

Christine.net

At Spring 2006 VON , Jeremy Allaire of Brightcove explored how the Internet is transforming TV content distribution: Allaire sees real physical limitations to the film and television industry. Word-of-mouth, on the other hand, is the most powerful means of discovery invideo distribution.

Internet Growth Means Big Changes For How Businesses Connect

YoungUpstarts

Every Internet-enabled computer, whether server, laptop, or mobile device, must have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address to connect to the Internet. < ARIN is one of the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) that collectively manage IP addresses for the global Internet.

This Is How to Optimize Your Business Blog: 14 Powerful WordPress Plugins

Up and Running

Login LockDown limits the number of login attempts from a given IP range within a certain time period. Social networks are now an important channel to distribute website content. Without content distribution, the search engines won’t take your pages seriously.

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Setting Up a Security System For Your Small Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

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. Their signals are not distributed outside of the network, meaning they can only communicate via coaxial cables or wireless connections with video recorders and monitors connected to the company’s CCTV system.

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How Live-Streaming is Changing Social Media

Duct Tape Marketing

He perfected the art of distributing content and quickly established himself as a leader in this market. The first 100 listeners will receive a FREE IP phone for every line (each an $85 value)!

Five Lessons Learned From Bringing Cleantech to China

Secret Formula

tl;dr: Experienced cleantech CEOs leverage China instead of fearing it – enlisting self-interested partners to defend IP and manage risk. Six have set up distribution agreements but not full-blown JVs. IP is the big challenge.

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PR for a Startup Should Not Start With an Agency

Startup Professionals Musings

I hear lots of excuses from startup founders, like “I’m too busy,” concern over IP security, can’t afford an agency, and it’s too early. As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to start selling yourself and your idea.

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Plans are nothing, but planning is indispensable

Chris Dixon

At the core of the product will be a database that classifies URLs, IP addresses, program downloads, ActiveX objects, and other “web entities” according to their degree of trustworthiness. IP intelligence services, phishing blacklist feeds, website and program popularity data).

As Chinese and Israeli tech relations grow, here are the keys to success

The Next Web

Prepare for China’s IP laws. The horror stories about IP embezzlement are widely known, and many of them are true, yet good developments are happening and you might want to shift your analysis of the balance of risk and return.

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Six Reasons Not to Invest in a Venture Capital Fund

This is going to be BIG.

You could wind up getting distribution checks from a fund you invested in a dozen years ago. When you back a founding team and their first product hits a wall, there's not usually any IP that is worth anything to anyone. I recently met up with an investor who I'm not totally sure is a fit for my second fund , so it was important to me that I was upfront about all the reasons why he shouldn't come in.

The Most Interesting Online Video Trend

Both Sides of the Table

Before this South Korean wonder spread across the globe I had written about a trend in global audiences that exists when the costs of production are nearly zero and the costs of distribution are also nearly free. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

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The one barrier to entry startups should focus on

Version One Ventures

More equal access to distribution channels: The web gives software start-ups the ability to efficiently reach consumers and business customers through search, social, and mobile channels. Barriers to entry! Photo credit: phill.d)

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Lesson Learned in Medical Devices

Steve Blank

Part 6: Distribution channels in Life Sciences. In medical devices, understanding reimbursement, regulation and IP is critical. This post is part of our series on the National Science Foundation I-Corps Lean LaunchPad class in Life Science and Health Care at UCSF.

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8 Applications You Should Hunt Down On Your Network

YoungUpstarts

If a company is making the leap to Voice over IP (VoIP), IT should set the expectation that this is the only voice client that should be running on the wire. By Leon Adato, Head Geek, SolarWinds.

You are the Best One to Build Your Startup Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

I hear lots of excuses from startup founders, like “I’m too busy,” concern over IP security, can’t afford an agency, and it’s too early. As an entrepreneur, it’s never too early to start selling yourself and your idea.

Understand the tricks Multinationals use to avoid paying tax

Start Up Blog

This is not done to save on production costs, but to justify the location of IP assets in these low tax regimes. Outlaw lobbying, and we’ll go a long way to having a more equal income distribution and claw back the one percenter’s grip on the economy.

Discovery is the problem in gaming

Lightspeed

In 2009 I wrote a guest post at Industry Gamers about why social gaming is so attractive to investors , where I talked about the three key elements oin gaming: Development, Distribution and Discovery. But I think the framework of Development, Distribution and Discovery is still a useful lens to view the industry. Distribution continues to be easy, but it is no longer free. But gaming companies do not compete on distribution, it is a level playing field.

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Discovery is the problem in gaming

Lightspeed Venture Partners

In 2009 I wrote a guest post at Industry Gamers about why social gaming is so attractive to investors , where I talked about the three key elements oin gaming: Development, Distribution and Discovery. But I think the framework of Development, Distribution and Discovery is still a useful lens to view the industry. Distribution continues to be easy, but it is no longer free. But gaming companies do not compete on distribution, it is a level playing field.

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Special: 72 Israeli Companies Exhibit at the 2010 Mobile World Congress

VC Cafe

Allot Communications -a leading provider of intelligent IP service optimization and revenue generation solutions based on Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) technology. These solutions support a cost-effective evolution to a service-assured, all IP/Ethernet network.

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White-Label Mobile App Users: Who Owns Them?

The Startup Lawyer

If a startup gets paid via a revenue share arrangement, the potential exists for the large company to exercise their early-termination rights and get their white-label app’s users free-of-charge (or worse, the IP). But even if the white-label agreement vests the startup with all IP ownership, including both the startup’s mobile app and the white-label app, the large company could still receive the free benefit of the jointly-grown user base. The Distribution Channel.