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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. _. A patent is a government granted monopoly to prevent others from making, using or selling your invention – even if the other parties infringement was innocent or accidental. 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.

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. Mistake #1 — Failure to register IP.

The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions

crowdSPRING Blog

Many people do not understand the law governing the use of typefaces and fonts. Typically, your right to sub-license a font is governed by the EULA. The right typeface is often the key to a great logo, graphic or web design.

5/25-NYC – Investing in Intellectual Capital: Patents, Trademarks, Domain Names, Litigation, Government Rights, and other Intangible Assets

David Teten

I’m excited about the program below on “Investing in Intellectual Capital: Intellectual Capital: Patents, Trademarks, Domain Names, Litigation, Government Rights, and other Intangible Assets” Click here to make a reservation.

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.

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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.

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

You may not even be having formal board meetings yet, but you should implement some forms of good governance, so investors understand that things are well organized. Contractors need to sign proper agreements, with non-disclosures and IP assignment. (Powered by LaunchBit ).

A Look At The Benefits Of Using A VPN

The Startup Magazine

In other words, marketing company representatives with an aggressive approach, government officials and curious people can all find your name and location with relative ease. In other words, your own IP address and personal details are not disclosed. What is VPN?

Corporate Bad Activity Against Innovators

Feld Thoughts

But that’s just one category of bad activity that falls in the “incumbents trying to use government regulation to control their industry and suppress innovation.” Virtual Legality: Legal Letters Claim Oculus VR Made The Oculus Rift Using ZeniMax IP.

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

Up and Running

Government funding. Since the global recession, many governments have set up incentive schemes and financial support measures to not only help grow the domestic economy, but also to encourage entrepreneurs and startups to come to their country. Today, the world is remarkably small.

Fight for your rights! American Censorship Day (that’s today!)

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The threat comes in the form of two bills, currently making their way through the legislative process – Protect IP Act (PIPA – S.968 ) and Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA – H.R.3261 ). PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies

Ask The VC

” The construct of “intellectual property” – and the government’s right to grant an exclusive license to companies (e.g. To protect companies with original IP from smarter, faster, aggressive companies who catch the imagination of consumers and advertisers. However, its not going to come from our government.

Legal Issues Behind Running A Small Business

YoungUpstarts

Government compliance. Many government agencies have requirements for small businesses. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that you are protecting your IP and not committing IP infringement. by Melissa Page.

Compromise vs. Problem Solving

Feld Thoughts

This year’s conference subtitle was “ The Challenges of Internet Law and Governance.” A great panel full of engineers titled Tech Tutorial Backdrop: An All IP Network and Its Policy Implications came next, followed by a talk from Colorado Senator Michael Bennet. I’m a huge fan of Mark’s – he’s one of the most thoughtful people in government I’ve gotten to interact with.

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. IP is the big challenge. When we asked about key challenges experienced in China, intellectual property (IP) protection topped the list.

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Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

SoCal CTO

IP Law for Startups , June 23, 2010 Groupon’s Growth Made Possible by Facebook - Leveraging Ideas , May 5, 2010 Automating Themed Logo Changes by Season - TylerCruz.com: An Internet Entrepreneur's Journey , October 18, 2010 Selling a Business - A Guide for Investors and Entrepreneurs - Angel Blog , February 28, 2010 Minimum Viable Product in practice - Guy Nirpaz , October 17, 2010 Want to Know How VC’s Calculate Valuation Differently from Founders?

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EU Cookie / Privacy Laws: Implications On Data Collection And Analysis

Occam's Razor

Information like IP address, the page requested, time stamps, browser ids and more are stored. Let's look at just one thing: Implication of each implementation (Government requirement) on the data you collect and the web data analysis that you'll be able to do.

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[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011: A Sign of Increasing Asian Technology Innovation

YoungUpstarts

In particular, the level of R&D collaboration with and IP licensing from universities and public research institutes remained relatively low among high-tech firms.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

To interconnect these computers we needed IP-based telecommunications equipment build by the likes of Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. I just returned from 3 days in Cincinnati including attending the annual meeting of one of Upfront’s LPs – Cintrifuse.

Apple Wants to Trademark the Word 'Startup'

Inc Startups

However, IP Australia, the country''s trademark governing body, must examine and approve the application first, pending any objections. The Cupertino company is at it again, this time trying its luck Down Under.

There’s an Internet Showdown Brewing

Andrew Payne

Verizon is seeking payment to carry Netflix’s traffic, and Craig Silliman (Verizon’s head of public policy and government affairs) has said that Verizon’s policy is to require payment from networks that send more data than they carry in return. Your next TV will likely be 4K with IP-delivered video. Even worse, most ISPs are fundamentally conflicted: IP-streaming video competes with their own proprietary video offerings.

Fight for your rights! American Censorship Day (that’s today!)

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

The threat comes in the form of two bills, currently making their way through the legislative process – Protect IP Act (PIPA – S.968 ) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA – H.R.3261 ). PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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Why Freelancers And SMEs Should Consider A VPN

YoungUpstarts

Anyone from an aggressive marketing companies and curious people, to government officials can easily find your name and your location and address with very little difficulty and you may not know you’ve left that information.

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A tale of two cities: Bewildered by the city government's continued cluelessness on NYC's innovation scene

This is going to be BIG.

However, her take on the NYC innovation economy during her recent State of the City Address confirmed my thinking: Most of what the NYC government should be doing to support technology entrepreneurship in NYC is to try and stay out of the way. It's painfully obvious that, like many other folks in NYC government, Ms. Nice going NYC government PR machine. I generally like NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Announcing NYC BigApps 2013

Mark Birch

Announcing NYC BigApps 2013 : nycedc : New York City is going big with the launch of NYC BigApps 2013 , the fourth annual BigApps competition to promote government transparency and innovative new technologies, at tonight’s New York Tech Meetup event.

What YouTube Taught Me About Facebook Live & Violent Footage

Hunter Walker

Video which depicted – or seemed to depict – injuries and deaths of protesting citizens at the hands of authoritarian governments, soldiers or third party agents. Uploaded not always from regional IP addresses given the need to obfuscate identity, tunnel out of regions where YouTube was blocked – or event transported on memory cards out of the Middle East to where they could be safely uploaded by collaborators or NGOs. “A technical glitch.”

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7 Rookie Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make (And How to Avoid Them)

Escape From Cubicle Nation

On this Cyber Monday, I wanted to share an important article from my dear friend and trusted IP lawyer Rachel Rodgers. Having been in business for 18 years, and worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, I have either lived through or seen just about every mistake you can make in business.

If NYC is going to be a real innovation hub, we can't have our own senators supporting SOPA/PIPA

This is going to be BIG.

Since the DMCA, we’ve basically operated in an environment of “ask forgiveness rather than permission” when it comes to copyright and IP online. Now, there are bills on the table that would basically allow the government to shut down my website—my entire website—for putting up content that someone else has the rights to. Tweet.

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Alexis Ohanian: How I Got Washington to Listen to Start-ups

Inc Startups

It's not unheard of for an entrepreneur to b laze a trail to Capitol Hill.but a 29-year-old start-up founder who loves video games and football, and who lacks government experience? And there's hope that we'll soon also see what the Internet can do to start positive government work

Do It Right The First Time, Part II: Visit the Doctor or House Call?

Gust

Likewise, founders can benefit from understanding basic characteristics of the overall legal structure, formation and governance documents, rights and responsibilities of team members, etc. Stepping off the soapbox, let’s examine the highest level “To Do” list for a new startup: Formation, Governance and Equity. Adopt Bylaws and any other necessary documents to formalize the governance of Newco.

Brand Crossovers and Education

Brad Hargreaves

For years, TV/movie/event IP was licensed to create new game titles, generating a bunch of famously terrible games. Today, the entertainment-crossover-into-games genre is effectively dead, with interactive studios investing their biggest budgets in game-specific IP rather than licensed brands. Customers — especially those precious 10% whose tickets aren’t subsidized by the federal government — are suspicious and discerning.

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E&Y Journey: Interview with High-Tech Legend Dick Kramlich, by Yoram Tietz

VC Cafe

The Chinese government has invented a new form of social democracy. So if you think they don’t care about IP, then you are wrong. Dick Kramlich and Yoram Tietz at E&Y's Journey conference, Israel, Nov 2011.

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When Does Zynga Become a Value Stock?

Agile VC

Governance/Control – Founder/CEO Mark Pincus has sold a good amount of his stock and owns <20% of shares outstanding, but now essentially has unilateral voting control of the company. dual class governance w/ founder having majority voting control).

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What YouTube Taught Me About Facebook Live & Violent Footage

Hunter Walker

Video which depicted – or seemed to depict – injuries and deaths of protesting citizens at the hands of authoritarian governments, soldiers or third party agents. Uploaded not always from regional IP addresses given the need to obfuscate identity, tunnel out of regions where YouTube was blocked – or event transported on memory cards out of the Middle East to where they could be safely uploaded by collaborators or NGOs. “A technical glitch.”

American Censorship Day

Mark Birch

If you read yesterday’s Tech Tuesday post on networking or are familiar with the history of the architecture of the Internet you know that a lack of global control was a core principle behind the design of TCP/IP. censorship America Internet government Congress freedom

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

This analogy carries through to due diligence: fixing a $20 rattling door handle preemptively removes that obstacle to a sale, just as cleaning up your startup’s capitalization table and IP assignment rights in advance will ensure the funding process goes that much smoother.

Can building startups be taught? Latvia about to find out

ArcticStartup

The curriculum is based on the previous "Enterprise management" course modules, with several practical additions like startup accounting, legal IP issues in a startup, the basics of customer development, tech and design.

Edward Snowden: 'Truth Is Coming and It Cannot Be Stopped'

Inc Startups

government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me," Snowden writes. government access to civilian information, the role of Google and Facebook, and his ethics: On being called a traitor: "I did not reveal any U.S.