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

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

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Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

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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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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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.

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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Global IP Address Growth by Country

500 Hats

Study this chart & map. It's a simple way to think about global economic growth & potential. excerpted from GigaOm article on the web getting bigger ).   Geeks, Tech, Startups Metrics & Measurement Politics & Foreign Policy

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IP 101 for Startups

StartupCFO

On a related note, Miltons has just released a free book on IP for Canadian companies here. IP 101 for Startups – Tags: Management law 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. We covered legal, valuation, accounting and practical aspects. The slides from that event are below.

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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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GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups

Ask The VC

Jill promises to dish on IP “train wrecks” (her words) that she’s seen over the past decade and hopefully her wisdom can save some folks future headaches. She also promises to talk about costs savings in IP controversies and expose how some big firms are ripping off their clients. Her first post is Ten Smart Reasons to Learn About IP Law.

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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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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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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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Warby Parker Accused of Stealing IP from Startup to Create Online Vision Test Platform

Inc Startups

Warby Parker says the lawsuit is "meritless litigation.". Legal Issues

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GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups | Ask The VC

Ask The VC

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IPO? IP-no!

EIN News

have gone on sale yet. By mid-June, U.S. firms had raised $22.7 billion through IPOs. "A A lot of private equity funds and venture capitalists have been holding their investments for a

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IP ownership – lock it down

StartupCFO

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. This post falls under the boring yet crucial category.

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3 Simple Steps to Avoiding IP Disputes

Inc Startups

An entrepreneur shares some tips for securing your brand. It happens all the time. An entrepreneur starts a business, with the perfect name, brand, and domain. They set up a fan page on Facebook. Then they organize the entity, pouring time and resources into the project.

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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 portfolio

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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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.

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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Startup Blog: Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights

Taffy Williams

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights In the last few weeks, I was having discussions with a group starting a company in the healthcare field. That is what I advised the NewCo to do, try to get all the IP under one company.

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When Old IP Comes Back From the Dead

Inc Startups

What does that have to do with your IP strategy? There are multiple types of IP in this example. If this holographic entertainment goes on tour, it could turn into a whole lot of very real money because of what all that IP makes possible.

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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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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.

Why founders should assign IP to their company

VC Ready Blog

This may not seem like a big deal when the value of unassigned IP is hard to determine, but it can become one if the IP turns out to be critical to the company’s business. A founder can use unassigned IP to extract a high price from the company (and his fellow founders) at a critical time, such as when the company is seeking financing and the potential investors insist ( as they will ) that the company obtain the IP rights.

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Why founders should assign IP to their company

VC Ready Blog

This may not seem like a big deal when the value of unassigned IP is hard to determine, but it can become one if the IP turns out to be critical to the company’s business. A founder can use unassigned IP to extract a high price from the company (and his fellow founders) at a critical time, such as when the company is seeking financing and the potential investors insist ( as they will ) that the company obtain the IP rights.

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Why founders should assign IP to their company

VC Ready Blog

This may not seem like a big deal when the value of unassigned IP is hard to determine, but it can become one if the IP turns out to be critical to the company’s business. A founder can use unassigned IP to extract a high price from the company (and his fellow founders) at a critical time, such as when the company is seeking financing and the potential investors insist ( as they will ) that the company obtain the IP rights.

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3 Reasons Why The Defend Trade Secrets Act Will Help U.S. Manufacturers Protect IP

Inc Startups

Trade secrets - including manufacturing designs & processes, customer lists and R&D information - are the 'secret sauce' of manufacturing competitiveness

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Should I Protect My IP Before I Try To Build My Product?

Ask The VC

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Venture Capitalists Take Fight Against IP Bill To The Hill

EIN News

websites was introduced, more than a dozen venture capitalists came to Washington Thursday to complain that. harder to get startups going" in the United States, Josh Mendelsohn, a partner with a VC

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The problem with PIPA: the Protect IP Act

EIN News

And it's why more than 50 major venture capitalists argue "PIPA will ultimately put American innovators. felt not just by users, but by U.S. networks and businesses, including banks and credit. of China has no place in the United States of America. Repeating the assertion that PIPA

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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.". A brilliant idea.

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Leading Life Sciences IP Team Joins Cooley in Seattle

EIN News

biotechnology patent matters, with particular focus on U.S. and international patent procurement, strategic patent portfolio. she represented emerging growth technology companies and venture capital firms in various transactions including mergers and. major business and technology centers across the United States: Palo Alto, CA, New York, NY, San

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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. Construction sites have a number of inherent security issues.

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.

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. Japan is the world’s #3 economy…but not for Israel. It is not even a top 10 trading partner.

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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.