Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers

The Product Guy

In our a recent live stream from one of our mentors of The Product Mentor , Steven Cohn, lead a conversation around “Intellectual Property Recommendations for Startup Product Managers”.

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.

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Dear China: Stop Stealing My Intellectual Property, Or Else

Inc Startups

They are our baskets, being portrayed as the fruit of someone else’s engineering. Intellectual property theft is an enormous and growing burden for American business. When I bought this company more than a decade ago, we had no degreed mechanical engineers.

Six Tips to Make Sure You Aren’t Poaching Intellectual Property Along with Employees


Consider software engineers, for example. Ultimately, establishing an overall culture of respect for intellectual property is your best defense against information contamination when you are hiring employees away from the competition.

Startup Blog: Intellectual Property: How Do I Get Rights to Patents?

Taffy Williams

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 Intellectual Property: How Do I Get Rights to Patents? Inventors do not always have ownership and rights to license the intellectual property they create. Intellectual Property: How Do I Get Rights to Pate.

When Do You Really Need A Software Patent?

YFS Magazine

Business Law Grow Intellectual Property patents software software development software engineerIn the end, your business’s individual expertise and knowledge of your industry are what makes your product valuable — and that cannot be copied.

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. Verifying that a new company has a unique product or service that cannot legally be duplicated quickly by reverse engineering by competitors is a legitimate concern of investors. Crowdfunding crowdfunding Intellectual property IP startups validating IP

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7 Critical Steps for Attracting Venture Funding

Business Plan Blog

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. What You Need to Know About Obtaining Venture Funding.

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

For medical devices it might be mechanical engineering, clinical trials, regulatory approval, freedom to operate (intellectual property) and figuring out a reimbursement strategy. How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup?

8 Key Rules for Starting a Business on a Shoestring

Startup Professionals Musings

Create and register intellectual property online. In a new startup, there is tremendous competitive value in registering intellectual property early, but you don’t need to contract these tasks to expensive experts any longer.

Par Chadha – Turning Innovative Patents Into A Business


Par Chadha is an electrical engineer with a long history of creating innovative companies in the technology arena as well as building bundled industry solutions through M&A of leading platforms. Others intellectual property patents starting a business

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Agile Engineering” to have teams prototype, test, and iterate their idea while discovering if they have a profitable business model. We needed to cover Intellectual Property, Reimbursement, Regulation and Clinical Trials a month earlier in the class than in the current format.

U of Cincinnati Looks To Engineers and Entrepreneurship for Opportunity Creation and Economic Growth

Campus Entrepreneurship

Just read an interesting piece about University of Cincinnati’s efforts to offer more entrepreneurial opportunities to students and faculty in its engineering programs. (h/t Apparently Dean Carlo Montemagno of the College of Engineering and Applies sciences is an educational innovator at UC. Campus Eco-System entrepreneurship policy Intellectual Property Professors STEM Students Technology Transfer

Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

1:46: The Differences: Accounting, Engineering & Sales. 6:07: Engineering: Waterfall Development in a Large Company vs. Minimum Viable Product in a Startup. Having a film crew in your living room for two days is something you want to put on your bucket list.

Startup SEO: How To Get Started On A Limited Budget


Search Engine Optimization, or SEO, is how users find your site, and if you are in business to sell products, services or even intellectual property, you know how very important that traffic is. Others search engine optimization SEO

7 Ways Due Diligence Helps Before Final Commitment

Startup Professionals Musings

This element is usually called technical due diligence and typically consists of a day with your engineering and marketing team led by internal team leaders. Related discussions include intellectual property status and plans.

10 Ways For Entrepreneurs To Meet Cash Flow Peaks

Startup Professionals Musings

An example would be getting free office space by agreeing to be the property manager for the owner. Exchanging your services for services is possible with legal counsel, accountants, engineers, and even sales people.

8 Myths Technologists Believe That Sink Businesses

Startup Professionals Musings

I usually envision a 50-50 ownership split for their efforts, but every engineer believes the technology side deserves the majority share. Intellectual property is a business issue, not a technical issue.

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Other than measuring engineering progress, there’s no standard language to communicate progress. These included; identification of a compelling clinical need, large enough market, intellectual property, regulatory issues, and reimbursement, and whether there was a plausible exit.

Students and Professors Try Open Innovation | Nature Publishing Group

Campus Entrepreneurship

Chris Wilmer, a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, solved a challenge that involved the lack of access to clean water in poor villages of developing countries. American Exceptionalism Campus Eco-System Entrepreneurship Programs Funding Intellectual Property Professors Research Technology Transfer

10 Entrepreneur Alternatives To Investor Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

An example would be getting free office space by agreeing to be the property manager for the owner. Exchanging your services for services is possible with legal counsel, accountants, engineers, and even sales people.

Cyber Security At The Start


Bring awareness to employees with social engineering, training, and positive reinforcement tactics. Create your organization with cyber security at the forefront of your development and creative thinking strategies, and keep your data, intellectual property, and brand safe from hackers.

Research Funding Debate in UK: Curiosity or Commerce? | Guardian

Campus Entrepreneurship

Coincidentally, evidence of that wariness was provided in letters from leading scientists to Times Higher Education and the Daily Telegraph in the days following the speech, which criticised what they perceived as excessive interference by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), in the process of awarding public money for science. Campus Eco-System Intellectual Property STEM Technology Transfer

Guns and Cyber Security

Steve Blank

Intellectual property stolen, customer data hacked, funds illegally transferred, goods stolen, can damage a company and put them out of business. We know enough to harden sites to stop the simple hacks and to educate employees about basic social engineering and phishing attempts.

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Strategic partnerships in this context can take the form of joint ventures, intellectual property licensing, outsourcing agreements, or even cooperative research. Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors.

Hacking For Defense In Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

In a major break from the past, where the military designed all its own weapons, 10,000 scientists and engineers from academia worked in civilian-run weapons labs (most headquartered in universities) in an organization called the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD).

China Startups – The Gold Rush and Fire Extinguishers (Part 5 of 5)

Steve Blank

Intellectual property protection is great on paper and “limited” in practice. Eventually, China’s innovation-driven economy needs intellectual property rights and anti-trust laws that are enforced.

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8 Reasons Online Dating Sites Are a Business Dead End

Startup Professionals Musings

For a new startup, the best way to assure survival is to file patents or other intellectual property to keep future competitors from copying your success. Google or other search engines could add image-matching or other focus to capture this market.

Conversations with Richard Chino, pt. 3

Ask the Angels

I have expertise in search engine marketing, because of GoTo.At Richard Chino is passionate about investing in the business environment.

Pt. 1 Conversations with Ananth Natarajan

Ask the Angels

Ananth Natarajan is a physician and engineer specializing in the utilization of advanced technology to solve pressing clinical problems. Dr. Natarajan received his BSE in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Duke University at age 18, with Distinction.

Going Global: 8 Things to Consider If You Want to Expand Your Business

Up and Running

Are there greater opportunities for higher rankings in the search engines, or is the design of your website helping or hindering you? ( Intellectual property. See Also: Intellectual Property 101. Today, the world is remarkably small.

How Much Should You Get For Your Invention Idea?

Startup Professionals Musings

Many great technology solutions, such as hydrogen engines for cars, look great on paper, but are extremely difficult to make into a business. A long-term advantage usually also requires intellectual property, such as a patent, trade secret or trademark.

10 Rules of Thumb for Startup Investment Valuation


Assign real value to intellectual property. Back in the “heyday of the startups,” it was not uncommon to see a valuation incremented by $1M or every paid full-time professional programmer, engineer, or designer. Image via

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.) At one of my entrepreneurship classes at Stanford, Dan Dorosin , of Fenwick & West LLP guest lectures about startups and Intellectual Property. Intellectual Property. Intellectual property gives you rights to stop others from using your creativity. Types of Intellectual Property Protection.

Investor Secrets For Smart Competitive Positioning

Startup Professionals Musings

Competition for your new hydrogen fuel auto engine is not limited to other hydrogen auto engine offerings, or even other autos. Other intellectual property has similar value, including trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks.

Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank

After seeing the process work so well for scientists and engineers in the NSF, we hypothesized that we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently.

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New Rules for SEO Success in 2013

Inc Startups

Focus on Your Keyword Portfolio, Not Rankings Search engine users are getting smarter and more specific. This can be done easily by utilizing your organization's intellectual property to create how-to guides, white papers, or research studies.

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7 Business Limits On That Million Dollar Invention

Startup Professionals Musings

Many great technology solutions, like hydrogen engines for cars, look great on paper, but are extremely difficult to make a business. A long-term advantage usually also requires intellectual property, such as a patent, trade secret, or trademark.

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

Steve Blank

I earnestly believe that large corporations should emulate Lean Startups (Business model design, Customer Development and Agile Engineering.) I ran into Ricardo Dos Santos and his amazing Qualcomm Venture Fest a few years ago and was astonished with its breath and depth.

10 Ways for Startups to Survive the Valley of Death

Startup Professionals Musings

An example would be getting free office space by agreeing to be the property manager for the owner. Exchanging your services for services is possible with legal counsel, accountants, engineers, and even sales people.