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.

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Basic IP Tips Every Entrepreneur Should Know

YoungUpstarts

After all, building a business by marketing your idea, finding partners, hiring contractors and seeking financing all create opportunities for your idea to be stolen. The following are four classes of protected IP: trademarks, patents, copyrights, and trade secrets.

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How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees

YoungUpstarts

When I negotiated crowdSPRING’s initial contract for internet and IP phone service, we had a few important deal terms (price, reliability, redundancy) and I made those terms very clear in the beginning. by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING.

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.

When Startups Partner With Big Companies

Mark Birch

Many startup founders are of the opinion that partnerships are the way to quickly scale, but as I mentioned, most partnering relationships either never materialize after much effort or create negative value. startups partnerships partnering strategy sales

Startup Blog: A great ?leave piece? for partnering your technology.

Taffy Williams

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technology (by Linda Pullan, Ph.D.) We often use a PowerPoint slide deck (or a PDF of it) as a “leave piece&# , a communication aid that we leave behind after a talk with the partner.

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.

Startup Blog: Don't Forget You May Have a Partner(s)

Taffy Williams

Saturday, April 9, 2011 Don’t Forget You May Have a Partner(s) In case you hoped to settle into the NewCo alone and start to work now, sorry to burst your bubble! You have developed a few partners along the way and you will continuously need to keep them in mind as you progress.

Creating a Tech or Biotech: The Entrepreneur

Taffy Williams

A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo. Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights A Few Great Links to Startup Articles ► April (11) Beyond Rumsfeld by (Stephen A. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company.

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

Taffy Williams

There are a few ways to obtain the rights to IP for your NewCo. But, for you or your NewCo to obtain licenses or acquisitions of rights to IP, make sure you are negotiating with the CORRECT owner of those technology rights. A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo.

Business Intelligence in a Wiki World!

Active Garage

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.

Startup Blog: Tips on getting a partnership for your early drug.

Taffy Williams

As a consultant, I focus on partnering, predominantly helping small companies find a bigger company to continue the development and commercialization of the drug candidate from the small company through licenses, options or other forms of partnerships.

Google Going All In on Mobile

Venture Chronicles

I’m with Larry… this is about IP and what Google is doing is acquiring a massive IP war chest that they can use as currency for access to other people’s IP as well as protect their hardware partners with. If I’m HTC and Samsung this will ultimately be a good thing because the IP equivalent of the Allied Powers has just been formed. Uncategorized Android Google IP Microsoft mobile Motorola RIM

Clean Up Before Raising Funding

Instigator Blog

Deal with IP Assignment as quickly as possible; you don’t want to leave any loopholes in there that will scare investors away. Contractors need to sign proper agreements, with non-disclosures and IP assignment. Vendor & Partner Agreements. (Powered by LaunchBit ).

The high road to building an enterprise SaaS company

The Next Web

Yoav Leitersdorf and Ofer Schreiber of are partners at YL Ventures. B2B companies, often due to the higher barriers to develop a working product, have historically been less popular with early-stage investors – such barriers sometimes involve tough requirements for core IP and deep technology.

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I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Finally we move to the left side of the canvas to teach the supporting elements of Resources, Partners, Activities and Costs. CROs or Payers may ultimately be a resource, a partner or a revenue source, but until you get them signed up they’re first a customer.

Venture Capitalists Take Fight Against IP Bill To The Hill

EIN News

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

Startup Blog: Virtual Work Force: by Don Alexander

Taffy Williams

I am preparing the next section on IP for this blog which I hope to have completed in the near future. A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

One of the readers asked my opinion around sharing your startup concept: My first question has always been - how do you protect your idea while shopping around for feedback, partners, developers, etc.?

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

One of the readers asked my opinion around sharing your startup concept: My first question has always been - how do you protect your idea while shopping around for feedback, partners, developers, etc.?

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Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

Companies manage these three types of innovation with an innovation portfolio – they build innovation internally, they buy it or they partner with resources outside their company. If the startup is acquired for its IP, talent or revenue, it should be rapidly integrated into the acquirer.

3 Ways Structure Can Take Your Tech Startup To New Heights

YoungUpstarts

Look no further than Google and Oracle , and you’ll see that no company is immune from IP impasses. Unfortunately, we work with companies that realize the IP actually belongs to a former partner or the organization that the founders worked for during the product’s early stages.

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

Up and Running

Having a good grasp of the local culture can not only help develop your understanding of local customers and customs, but can help avoid any embarrassing or potentially damaging mistakes when dealing with partners and suppliers. See Also: How to Find a Business Partner.

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.

PBS Newshour on Accelerators

Feld Thoughts

Whenever I see stuff like Protect IP and SOPA making progress through Congress (both bills – which if passed – will have a chilling effect on entrepreneurship and job creation) I get frustrated. PBS Newshour has a neat eight minute segment on accelerators.

Christine: Sprints ILEC-Hosted IP Centrex Deployment Strategy

Christine.net

« How the Big Guys Support VoIP Through Mesh Network Transitions | Main | Why Sling Media is Protecting Consumer Freedom » Sprints ILEC-Hosted IP Centrex Deployment Strategy How are ILECs and CLECs propping up their market share in traditional TDM voice services? Christine (.net)

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Todd Morrill wanted teams developing Diagnostics to have a reimbursement strategy fully documented, the necessary IP in place, regulation and technical validation (clinical trial) regime understood and described and the cost structure and financing needs well documented.

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

View from Seed

These corporate VC activities go hand in hand with other strategies of large companies including internal R&D, IP licensing, M&A, etc. . 4) Are these investment partners for the long haul?

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

They had been introduced by my friend Brian Garrett, a partner at Crosscut Ventures and the ambition outlined in their deck seemed almost unbelievable, “to make wireless charging of phones (and other devices) as easy as WiFi” that I had to see it for myself.

Top Legal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Deimar

Finally, completely understand who owns what as the relationship persists, especially in the case of intellectual property (IP). Not Protecting IP Ownership. Some entrepreneurs make the mistake of creating IP for their new venture while they are still employed by another company.

How to Avoid Innovation Theater: The Six Decisions To Make Before Establishing an Innovation Outpost

Steve Blank

Startups are developing IP relevant to the disruption. Once a company has decided to open an Innovation Outpost, it has to choose: How to leverage startup innovation in the cluster – will the outpost invest, partner, acquire, incubate or invent?

The Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Many years ago now, my prior venture capital firm, Flatiron Partners, invested in a company called Thinking Media. So IP that was partially funded by our firm was used to sue other portfolio companies. Yesterday Twitter announced that they plan to amend the assignments agreements that they sign with their employees. They call this proposed amendment the Innovator's Patent Agreement.

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

High Contrast

Every now and then, a comment merits its own post: I have a question regarding IP rights. That particular feature I came up with was during a chat to one of my start-up partners. 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.

Lying on your resume

Steve Blank

But instead the minute I said, “my first startup used CATV coax to implement a local-area network for process control systems (which 35 years ago pre-Ethernet and TCP/IP was pretty cutting edge.) It’s not the crime that gets you, it’s the coverup. Richard Nixon and Watergate.

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

My partner Brad and I spent Thursday in DC along with a bunch of entrepreneurs and VCs. The content industry's lobbyists have forged two new bills, one in the Senate called Protect IP and one in the House called E-Parasites. We talked to dozens of our elected officials about an issue that is very concerning to us, protecting the safe harbors of the DMCA.    The DMCA is the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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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. Nearly all companies partner. IP is the big challenge. If you’re going to do the latter, be prepared to partner up.

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How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

Both Sides of the Table

” “There’s no way we’re going to partner in this area. One of the questions I’m most often asked by CEOs is how to hire sales people.

Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

They know the activities, resources and partners (manufacturing, regulation, IP, supply chain, etc.) – and the costs to deliver the product/service and have well defined product development and product management tools that emphasize the linear nature of shipping products to existing customers. I just spent a day working with Bob, the Chief Innovation Officer of a very smart large company I’ll call Acme Widgets. Bob summarized Acme’s impediments to innovation. “At

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Startup Blog: 7 Questions You May Get from Potential Investors

Taffy Williams

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7 Questions You May Get from Potential Investors If you have completed the steps outlined thus far, you have the proper materials to start your search for funding and partners. A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technolo.