Battling Big Business Bullies On The IP Playground: Minimizing The Risk Of Intellectual Property Litigation

YoungUpstarts

Intellectual property (IP), which is often the heart of a startup’s business strategy, constitutes a small subset of those legal rights. Not surprisingly, the best way to avoid IP litigation is to prepare for IP litigation, and the only way to prepare is to know the rules. The post Battling Big Business Bullies On The IP Playground: Minimizing The Risk Of Intellectual Property Litigation appeared first on Young Upstarts.

Your New Venture IP Portfolio Sets Investment Value

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. A large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. You need all these before you start looking for funding. Some of the other items may cost a lot less, and may be worth far more in the long run.

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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 tipsappeared first in YFS Magazine.

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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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Create your IP strategy early to avoid common pitfalls

NZ Entrepreneur

The reality faced by entrepreneurs is that legal services can be expensive and IP protection may not be an initial priority. But having an IP strategy can help you get the most from your IP and help minimize common pitfalls and legal expenses.

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How to Protect IP When Outsourcing Software Development

Up and Running

The best thing you can do is create an IP protection strategy and document it in a business plan , so you’ve integrated it into your larger business strategy. If you’re in the early stages of starting your tech-based or SaaS business , it makes good sense to consider IP (intellectual property) protection a critical part of your business model. Protect your IP with a carefully-crafted contract. IP assignment clause.

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Startup IP tips before you launch

NZ Entrepreneur

The post Startup IP tips before you launch appeared first on NZ Entrepreneur Magazine. This article is the second of a three-part series by Dr Sudhanshu Ayyagari that focuses on the importance of intellectual property for startup companies. Intellectual property rights are an indispensable consideration in ensuring your startup has the best possibility to succeed in the future.

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Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)

BeyondVC

Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Last week, we met with a company and when we asked about their core IP, they launched into a 5 minute discussion about the various patents they filed. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Startups and Intellectual Property (IP)

BeyondVC

Lately questions about Intellectual Property or IP have been cropping up left and right. Eliot Durbin (my partner at BOLDstart Ventures) and I had a long discussion this morning in preparation for his panel today about IP and patents. Last week, we met with a company and when we asked about their core IP, they launched into a 5 minute discussion about the various patents they filed. Yes, having core tech or IP matters but patents are a different question altogether.

Don’t let your crowdfunding campaign spoil your IP position

NZ Entrepreneur

Protecting the potential value of an innovation with the right forms of intellectual property (IP) can be mission critical. An entrepreneur looking to crowdfund a new initiative must consider and secure their IP position prior to launching the funding campaign. Once you’ve disclosed information, it may be too late to protect your IP—so we recommend getting advice early on. I think I might have some IP, what do I do next? Crowdfunding is on the rise.

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What intellectual property (IP) steps should a startup take?

NZ Entrepreneur

IP steps for startups should be the same as for large multinationals, but within their budget. Make IP decisions and do so early. One of the main (and early) steps is to make a considered decision about what IP means to your business and what IP tools will be used to support your business model. You need to have answers to the potential IP questions that may be raised by future investors or exit targets at the time of their due diligence. Types of IP protection.

Classroom IP

ithacaVC

The ownership of intellectual property (IP) developed in the classroom is a tricky topic. A university typically does own the IP produced by its employees in the course of their university work. So, when a faculty member or PhD student invents something during their research, the university will own it (just like Cisco owns the IP created by its employees). Let’s suppose a team of 4 students (Team ZZ) is in a business innovation class.

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idealAsset is Match.com for IP

SiliconHills

But in reality, IP sellers and buyers […] The post idealAsset is Match.com for IP appeared first on SiliconHills. By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Intellectual property should be a sexy asset to sell. 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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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. Startups must ensure that none of the founders’ prior employers have any rights to the venture’s IP because a founder was working on the venture while previously employed. Mistake #2 – Not Assigning to the Company Any IP Created Pre-Incorporation.

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3 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Should Analyze Patent Trends

YFS Magazine

Global IP strategist, JiNan Glasgow George, cites key reasons companies should capitalize on IP-driven growth opportunities. Business Law Grow Intellectual Property IP patents

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

ReadWriteStart

IP theft is happening a lot more in startups," says Chris Porter, senior security analyst at Verizon and coauthor of Verizon's recently released 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report. "IP IP theft and other data breaches at startups are definitely trending up.". There is not a fraud algorithm out there that lets you know your IP has been stolen," Porter explains. "If No amount of Red Bull can save your startup once your IP has been stolen. A brilliant idea.

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University of Glasgow Offers Entrepreneurs "Easy Access IP"

ReadWriteStart

In a move to reduce some of the barriers to IP transfer between academic research and entrepreneurship, the University of Glasgow has launched a new website " Easy Access IP " that will make some its intellectual property available to the public for free of charge, without cumbersome licensing rules and restrictions. Available IP includes Terrier , a terabyte-scale information retrieval system and the Schyns Illusion , a technique for creating hybrid images.

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Is Your Intellectual Property Protected?

YFS Magazine

In case your IP is stolen or used without your permission, there are a number of paths that you can take. Business Law Grow copyright Intellectual Property ip theft patents trademarks

Insights Seminar: IP 101 for the Entrepreneur

The Startup Lawyer

If you are going to be in the Dallas area on December 13, my firm is putting on a seminar for startups titled “IP 101 for the Entrepreneur – the basics of IP and debunking common misconceptions“ David Foster, a patent lawyer, will be presenting along with Anna Benefiel, a Licensing Associate in the Office […].

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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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Lockdown Lost-Founder IP

The Startup Lawyer

Thus, it’s wise to lock down your startup’s IP early to prevent the lost founder problem. How to Lock Down the IP. Consideration for services rendered should be given to all developers and consultants that work on anything IP-related at your startup. If you won the lottery today, how many long lost relatives (that you don’t recall) would come out of the shadows of your family tree to test the generosity of their favorite relative?

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Should I license my IP, sell a royalty stream, or just produce products?

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] Arthur: This is a matter between the owner of your IP (you) and the would-be user of your IP. The license to use your IP can be in the form of a one-time payment or structured as a continuing fee. If a continuing fee, the license could be based upon units of the product incorporating your IP. This week we contacted royalty licensing expert, the well-respected Arthur Lipper, asking the magic question.

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Should I license my IP, sell a royalty stream, or just produce products?

Berkonomics

Email readers, continue here…] Arthur: This is a matter between the owner of your IP (you) and the would-be user of your IP. The license to use your IP can be in the form of a one-time payment or structured as a continuing fee. If a continuing fee, the license could be based upon units of the product incorporating your IP. This week we contacted royalty licensing expert, the well-respected Arthur Lipper, asking the magic question.

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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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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. _. 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. A few caveats, this post is not legal advice, it’s not even advice, and it deals with law in the United States. Outside the U.S.

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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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Should a Founder License IP to a Startup?

The Startup Lawyer

Founder IP License Problem. Even if the founder offers the startup a completely startup-favorable license, the founder IP license scenario should be a non-starter for most startups. The problem is that even a free and exclusive license to the startup falls short of vesting IP ownership with the startup. Founder IP Should Become Startup IP. Founders should transfer their IP ownership to the startup.

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Every Startup Needs Intellectual Property To Thrive

Startup Professionals Musings

When someone says Intellectual Property (IP), most entrepreneurs think only of patents. In reality, patents are only one of at least eight items that should be in your IP portfolio. intellectual property IP patent portfolioA large portion of your competitive advantage and your potential value to investors is the size of your intellectual property portfolio. You need all these before you start looking for funding.

Common Intellectual Property mistakes made by startups

NZ Entrepreneur

Advice Baldwins IP LegalThis article is the third of a three-part series by Baldwins Intellectual Property that focuses on the importance of intellectual property for startup companies. What is intellectual property? Intellectual property is about creations of the mind. This includes new methods, products, expressions of ideas, trade secrets, brands and logos. Some intellectual property rights exist automatically upon creation such as copyright.

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

VC Cafe

Also, patent review is slower than Europe, as noted by Maier Fenster of IP firm Ehlich & Fenster in his presentation IP in Japan. According to Fenster, “one tactic used by Israeli companies is to file for IP in Japan, take a slow path to patent grant and license or sell these patents to Japanese companies. Japan is the world’s #3 economy…but not for Israel. It is not even a top 10 trading partner.

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Intellectual property rights: an overview for startups

NZ Entrepreneur

Advice Baldwins IP Entrepreneurship Starting UpThis article is the first of a three-part series by Dr Sudhanshu Ayyagari that focuses on the importance of intellectual property for startup companies.

Telco R&D Centers in Israel Scorecard

VC Cafe

Next month, one of the leading European operators is expected to announce a dedicated, Israel-focused venture capital fund. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to innovation clusters, some telcos are getting a better ROI from Israel than others. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Protect The Internet

Feld Thoughts

The Senate bill is called the Protect IP Act. Politics dmca e-parasites internet protect ipRecently, two bills have been introduced into Congress that – if passed – will do irreparable damage to the Internet, entrepreneurship, free speech, and job creation as a result of the continued entrepreneurial activity around the Internet. Fred Wilson has a strong post up titled Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs that explains the situation.

How to File Patents in Multiple Countries

Up and Running

Law and Taxes Starting a Business intellectual Property IP patentsYour U.S. patent is granted and you are all set to implement your great idea. It might be releasing a new chain of products, enhancing the ongoing service, or maybe developing a new strategy to promote the brand or business. But, did you know that if you have a patent granted in the U.S., you can’t stop someone from using your patented invention in China or anywhere outside the U.S.? Do you know why?

2012 – The Year in Apps

VC Cafe

Apple Appstore Appsfire Levi Shapiro 2012 ad networks advertising Android Angry Birds API App Store apple category developers Discovery Draw Something entertainment Games Google handset IP iPhone Lifestyle maps marketing mobile music Navigation rovio sdk social networks statistics UI What's AppNearly 100,000 new developers created applications this year for the App Store, which rakes in 4x more revenue than Google Play.

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Why Your Business Needs Copyrights

ReadWriteStart

Savvy business owners understand the importance of intellectual property (IP) to their business’ success and most can name patents, trademarks, and copyrights as some of the various forms that IP can take.

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The Importance of Trademarking

Up and Running

Managing a Business intellectual Property IP trademarking trademarksWhen starting your own business, trademarking is just one of the steps to take to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The thought of handling any legal matters on your own might seem intimidating, but trademarking isn’t so scary when you break it down. Here are the basics. See Also: Intellectual Property 101. What is a trademark? A trademark can be a symbol, logo, word, slogan, or a name registered to your company.

Should You Patent Your Idea?

Up and Running

Law and Taxes Starting a Business business protection ideas intellectual Property IP patent patents protecting your business startupYou or your team had a eureka moment and you invented something unique. You have a hunch that this could be the next big thing. You don’t want to let the opportunity slip into someone else’s hand. Should you protect your idea by filing a patent? What is a patent? A patent is a legal right granted by a particular government.

Cutting-edge Security Technology for Construction Sites

The Startup Magazine

This type of technology includes HD cameras with IP connectivity, motion sensors, vibration detectors, time lapse photography and more. Technology Construction drone surveillance electronic detection geo-fencing IP connectivity keyless ignition motion sensor time lapse photography vibration detectorConstruction sites have a number of inherent security issues. From expensive equipment that tempt thieves to vandalism, it is imperative to keep the job site as secure as possible.

How To Prevent Business Betrayal (And Protect Your Ideas)

YFS Magazine

Good IP practices can actually prevent partnerships and employee relationships from turning sour. Here's a set of best practices that can reduce your risk. Business Law Grow business partners cofounders competition legal tips patents

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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.

The Law on Fonts and Typefaces in Design and Marketing: Frequently Asked Questions (about commercial and non-commercial use)

Crowd Spring

Marketing and branding Small business Start ups bitmapped font commercial fonts copyright copyright act design patent EULA font software fonts glyph intellectual property ip law opentype postscript trademark truetype typefaceThe right typeface is often the key to strong brand identity , a well-designed website, sharp looking brochures, and strong marketing materials.

4 Deadly Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

IP Ownership. There are three deadly mistakes that relate to intellectual property (IP) ownership, all of which usually surface when the investors conduct their due-diligence investigation: 1. You must confirm that none of the founders’ prior employers has any rights to the venture’s IP because he or she was “moonlighting” while previously employed. Any IP created or acquired by a founder (e.g., You need to make sure that any IP created by outside developers (i.e.,