Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

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A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

Intellectual Property 101

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Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Does your business have intellectual property? It is difficult to be in a business situation completely devoid of IP worth identifying and protecting.

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Start-up Tips: Identifying Intellectual Property, Simplified


I’ve attended many IP seminars and conferences conducted specifically for businesses and they are generally always about Patents. Intellectual Property, simply put, is a creation of the mind that’s unique. Once you protect your IP, there are several ways you can leverage it.

The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

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Please consult with an attorney before making any intellectual property or other legal decisions. Read on to see five common mistakes regarding intellectual property, so you can avoid the pitfalls. My business doesn’t have IP. What IP do you have?

8 Intellectual Property Items Every Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property

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All businesses have intellectual property. 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.

Social Media Accounts are Intellectual Property

Startup Professionals Musings

A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents.

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 ?

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. Intellectual property. 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.

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.

Business Owners Need To Understand Intellectual Property Law


Understanding the four main types of intellectual property is a preliminary step to intellectual property acumen as patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights each have their own legal protections. Does my company own its intellectual property?

10 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Inc Startups

Companies like Facebook and Twitter show that intellectual property isn't the must-have it once was. How important is intellectual property protection to your startup? Not too long ago, defensible IP was one of the top things venture capitalists wanted to see in a startup.

Startups and intellectual property: how much is a muse worth?

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Every now and then, a comment merits its own post: I have a question regarding IP rights. The question is whose idea is it and who owns an IP for it? There is a legal standard as to what constitutes full IP ownership. I will not pretend to fully understand it but the gist is that it requires non-trivial input for someone to co-own IP with you. The equal sharing I honestly find a little random but it’s very rare that the IP would be worth anything.

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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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.

Is Your Small Business Vulnerable To IP Theft?

YFS Magazine

Does your business have the policies, procedures, and personnel emplace to withstand the impact of IP theft and overall security breaches? This article Is Your Small Business Vulnerable To IP Theft? Business Law Grow Intellectual Property ip theft legal legal tips

The Importance of Trademarking

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See Also: Intellectual Property 101. It protects your image and ensures that other businesses don’t infringe on your intellectual property. See Also: Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property. See Also: The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes.

Dear China: Stop Stealing My Intellectual Property, Or Else

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Intellectual property theft is an enormous and growing burden for American business. It was formed by business and technology experts to more aggressively counter IT and IP theft whether resulting from piracy, counterfeiting or the stealing of trade secrets.

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

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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.

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What Start-Ups Need to Know About Protecting Intellectual Property Around the World


Intellectual Property (IP) is vitally important to start-ups. The Start-Up Genome Project , which aims to map, model and analyze what makes start-ups tick, identified IP as a top source of competitive advantage for start-ups.

idealAsset is Match.com for IP


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Intellectual property should be a sexy asset to sell. But in reality, IP sellers and buyers […] The post idealAsset is Match.com for IP appeared first on SiliconHills. After all, you’re peddling pure potential: “Take this patent and make yourself a star…or at least solve some problem faster and more cheaply than you would have been able to yourself.”

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The Importance of Partnership Agreements, NDAs, and Security: Lessons from HBO’s “Silicon Valley”

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What we at Traklight often take note of is the many different intellectual property issues that the show touches on. Even from the outset, Pied Piper had problems related to IP, with the founder having to beg a local irrigation company for the rights to the company name.

Protecting IP in Crowdfunded Deals

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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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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? There are a few ways to obtain the rights to IP for your NewCo. Inventors do not always have ownership and rights to license the intellectual property they create.

What All New Entrepreneurs Need To Know About Trademarks


Entrepreneurs need to learn how to register a trademark , as well as other dos and don’ts surrounding the protection of their precious intellectual property. Others intellectual property intellectual property rights trademark trademark law

3 Ways to Grow Your Startup

The Startup Magazine

If you own the IP on a particular technology or information product, then you can create licensing agreements for other businesses to sell your product for you. Entrepreneurship acquisition business loan Business plan Intellectual property merger

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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. It’s also important to realize how little value investors therefore put on IP when investing in a company. If traction is the new IP, the question still remains if your startup should file a patent if you see an opportunity.

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The Law on Fonts and Typefaces: Frequently Asked Questions

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may be the only country in the western world not to recognize intellectual property rights in typeface 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.

The investment that didn’t happen

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While Zappos was doing diligence on Modista, the issue was brought up that one of other companies in this space — Like.com , founded by Munjal Shah — had filed for some IP in this area.

Parker: Open Source and For-Profit Companies

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On the heels of Yahoo suing Facebook for patent infringement followed by Tim Armstrong at AOL saying “hey Wall Street – look at me – I’ve got great patents also “, Andrew Parker (Spark) wrote a post that brought me out of my “intellectual property depression” titled Open Source and For-Profit Companies. To protect companies with original IP from smarter, faster, aggressive companies who catch the imagination of consumers and advertisers.

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. Any IP created or acquired by a founder (e.g.,

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IP ownership – lock it down


An issue that has come up time and again in our seed fundings is Intellectual Property (IP) ownership. For this reason, I will never fund a company until I see that every person that has ever been associated with it has signed over their IP rights. But until such time as you have that lawyer, here are two templates to get you started: IP assignment for Independent Contractors (i.e. IP assignment for employees.

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Have A Great Idea? Hold that Though!

Taffy Williams

In a few situations, this can be an issue,for example: · Presentinginformation before filing patents, copyrights or other IP, may prevent the abilityto protect the inventions or ideas. File IP before interacting – There are filings and inventiondisclosures your counsel can do prior to that special conference, meeting orother event. inventor entrepreneur Startup intellectual propertyInteractingwith many entrepreneurs and inventors is rather interesting.

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Intellectual Property is More Than Patents

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most people think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least seven items that should be in your IP portfolio. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

For IP Security at Startups, "Later" Isn't Soon Enough


If some other company steals your intellectual property, your dreams can give way to lights out, a phone call to the lawyer, and "Who wants some vodka in their Red Bull?". IP theft and other data breaches at startups are definitely trending up.". A brilliant idea.

Classroom IP


The ownership of intellectual property (IP) developed in the classroom is a tricky topic. For clarity’s sake, I am not addressing in this post university ownership of intellectual property. A university typically does own the IP produced by its employees in the course of their university work. Let’s suppose a team of 4 students (Team ZZ) is in a business innovation class.

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Intellectual Property Tips for Start Ups

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As an Angel investor and retired intellectual property lawyer I am struck by the amount of money spent by startups for IP. There are so many cash demands made on a new venture that I think management should consider engaging in more self-help to meet their IP needs. Blog Intellectual Property UncategorizedBy Lee Rahn.

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IP 101 for Startups


Last week I spoke with Sunny Handa from law firm Blakes and some accounting and valuation experts from accounting firm BDO on intellectual property for startups. On a related note, Miltons has just released a free book on IP for Canadian companies here. IP 101 for Startups – Tags: Management law We covered legal, valuation, accounting and practical aspects. The slides from that event are below.

Business Intelligence in a Wiki World!

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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.

When Old IP Comes Back From the Dead

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What does that have to do with your IP strategy? There are multiple types of IP in this example. At a minimum, there are property interests in Shakur's person, as owned by his estate, rights to the recorded performance, rights in the music itself, and various performance rights.