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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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. Mistake #1 — Failure to register IP.

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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.

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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.

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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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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)

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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 ?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Christine: Whats Really Happening Around IPTV

Christine.net

« How the Internet is Transforming Television Distribution | Main | Standards-Setting on VoIP and IPTV » Whats Really Happening Around IPTV Dave Burstein from DSL Prime lassoed a bunch of IPTV evangelists at Spring 2006 VON. Christine (.net)

Startup Business Model Considerations

SoCal CTO

Fantastic post by Christian Gammill - Startup Delta Force… From a competitive perspective (e.g. all the other folks out there that will try to enter the same market) the barriers have been dropping over the last few years.

Christine: Nonprofits Using VoIP for Advocacy, Outreach, and Service Delivery

Christine.net

CVM is now in the process of moving to Ciscos Unity platform (whichis SIP-compatible), and setting up a centralized, private IP network.They didnt want to use a public IP network, so they are using anational VoIP vendor that charges them a flat rate per number, ratherthan per-minute toll charges.

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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.

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.

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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Amazon Web Services (AWS)

SoCal CTO

However, there are some interesting differences in terms of not being able to control proximity of multiple boxes, having a fixed IP address and probably most interesting is the ephemeral nature of the persistent storage on the boxes. There appears to be a problem with having a single point of failure around distributing the load over machines and how DNS is handled in the patterns explained. I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today.

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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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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.

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.

“More turning to Web TV”

Andrew Payne

Not really: cable companies spent billions building infrastructure, both for broadband/IP and for proprietary cable distribution. Since IP is open access (in theory), the IP TV player don’t need to duplicate that investment — they can just ride on the back of it. I got a big chuckle out of this article from CNN , about consumers canceling cable service and turning to the Internet for TV.

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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.

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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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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IBC 2011 Attracts 28 Israeli Media and Mobile Startups to Amsterdam

VC Cafe

Celeno - Celeno is a leading vendor of standard-based WiFi silicon solutions capable of distributing up to 4 HD video streams, with full home coverage (over 500 sqm) and carrier grade robustness.

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Lessons Learned in Diagnostics

Steve Blank

Part 6: Distribution channels in Life Sciences. It includes reimbursement, regulation, IP, validation, channel access, etc. 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.

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.

#GlueCon 2014 Notes: Salter: Using Go to provision Saltstack clusters on AWS – Dave Smith, Orchestrate

Launch Any

Static compilation / easy distribution. ssh – never lookup an IP again. info – see internal/external IPs. (Notes by @tomkane ). Salter: Using Go to provision Saltstack clusters on AWS – Dave Smith, Orchestrate. Using fanout.io for PubSub. Love Salt. SaltCloud didn’t exist yet, so…. History. Gen0: Ruby (agh!). Gen1: Python (better…). Gen2: Golang app (best!). Benefit: Single binary. What’s it do? Construct reproducible cluster from spec.

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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.

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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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)!

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.

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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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).

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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Parallels between Bitcoin and the internet

The Equity Kicker

Today money is distributed over centralised networks controlled by governments and banks and regulated by governments. As you may have noticed, the hype around Bitcoin continues to grow. The latest milestone to capture headlines is that there are now over $1bn of Bitcoins in circulation.