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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.

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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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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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. Select it well – marketers will tell you that you will be selling your name, more than your products.

Intellectual Property 101

Up and Running

If someone asked whether or not your business has Intellectual Property (IP) and your answer is “I do not know” or “I doubt it,” you are not alone. It is difficult to be in a business situation completely devoid of IP worth identifying and protecting.

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.

The Importance of Trademarking

Up and Running

With patents or copyrights, the main purpose is to lay claim to a product; the main purpose of a trademark, however, is to offer customer protection, in eliminating the chance of consumers confusing one company or service with another.

How To Protect Your Business With Intellectual Property Rights

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

There’s nothing more soul destroying than after years of hard work, seeing your idea, products and services being copied and sold by competitors. Protecting your Intellectual Property is an essential component of running a business and in the early stages when there’s so much to sort out; it’s often understandable that your IP rights get pushed down the ever-expanding “to-do” list. It can be used to help protect: Brand or products names. The design or look of your products.

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. Costs for development can easily exceed the $50MM just for the one product with no other costs as part of the plan.

Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World

Gust

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 ? Creating product mock-ups , wireframes, etc.

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.) You can protect business processes, know how, customer information, product road map. Type of IP. _. If your product is software, copyright is also used to prevent someone from stealing your software and reselling it as machine and/or source code.)

Nuts & Bolts of Intellectual Property for New Startups

Gust

So you’ve chosen a name for your startup, product, or both. 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. Every person who has touched the new business in any way has a potential claim to related IP rights.

3 Simple Steps to Avoiding IP Disputes

Inc Startups

Too many times entrepreneurs rush a product to market believing their brand''s in the clear when it''s not. 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.

Behind Every Great Product

SVPG

Article: Behind Every Great Product. When I first decided to start The Silicon Valley Product Group, I had just left eBay and had some very strong opinions about what makes great product teams, and great product cultures, and while there were more than a few important thinkers and leaders on these topics, one area that I felt was under-represented was the role of product management. In this model, the product manager is really a backlog administrator.

Russia Drafts Its New IP Protection Strategy And Encourages Public Feedback

ArcticStartup

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has announced the start of a public debate over this country’s new long-term intellectual property (IP) protection strategy, portal Science and Technologies Russia reportedearlier this week.

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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The Top 5 Intellectual Property Mistakes

Up and Running

My business doesn’t have IP. 100% of businesses have Intellectual Property (IP). IP is not just for tech businesses or inventors. Even if you simply decide to launch a crowdfunding campaign, you’re exposing your IP to risk. What IP do you have?

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.

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.

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.

Why You Should Care about Intellectual Property

Up and Running

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. Your email list, logo, sales process, and even your website domain are parts of your IP.

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

Ask The VC

Start-up Tips: Identifying Intellectual Property, Simplified

YoungUpstarts

I’ve attended many IP seminars and conferences conducted specifically for businesses and they are generally always about Patents. The aesthetic appearance of a given product can be registered as a design if it is new and unique.

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.

Great Start-ups Succeed on Products, not Patents

Inc Startups

Here's why protecting your IP should stay off your to-do list. The real cost of getting a patent You have to design an IP protection policy around your business, not the other way around. He says that he would have been better off putting the money into selling the product.

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How to optimize your business with a mobile app

The Next Web

Not to mention, mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic. With audiences becoming increasingly reliant on their mobile devices for social media, productivity, and their most important research touchpoints, your business cannot afford to lag behind.

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The high road to building an enterprise SaaS company

The Next Web

Developing an enterprise-grade SaaS product is not easy. 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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Abstract launches private alpha to redesign the design process

Version One Ventures

Unlike code where version control of text is relatively straightforward, product and design IP is locked up in inaccessible file formats (binary). This leads to a lack of visibility and inefficiencies in the design process and the product development lifecycle. So… if you are a designer and/or have led a design team, check out this new product! News Abstract Design Enterprise collaboration network effects Product version control

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Product Management 101

Platforms and Networks

This fall at Harvard Business School , we launched Product Management 101, a course for academic credit that uses a "learning-by-doing" approach to build basic PM skills, rather than the classic HBS case method approach. As I've written in a course note co-authored with Jeff Bussgang and Rob Go , product manager is a fantastic entry-level general management position for MBAs. Students whose products were not advanced could join another team.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

acquire startups for their teams (and discard the product). buy out another company’s product line for the product. acquire a company for the product and its installed base of users. For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups.

When Should A Company Be Formed Around an Idea?

Ask The VC

I am excited to continue working on the product that my team built over the weekend with 2 of the team members (my brother and the guy who pitched the idea). He formed a company 2 years ago that he talks about (though from the research I’ve done has no IP or product of any kind) and thinks that this idea fits into that vision, but doesn’t want to include anyone. Or should we continue working on the product and see what happens?

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Why Lawsuits Are On the Rise at Startups and What To Do About It

Both Sides of the Table

They were then sued for trademark infringement by a foreign company who had no product, no customers and no employees in the US. *. Lawsuits.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. You’ll gauge people’s excitement level for the product and for various features. The Top Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn About IP Law What Can a Well Drafted Contract Do For Your Company?

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept

SoCal CTO

You’ll learn about competitive products that exist or are being built. You’ll gauge people’s excitement level for the product and for various features. The Top Five Reasons Entrepreneurs Should Learn About IP Law What Can a Well Drafted Contract Do For Your Company?

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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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Fear of Failure and Lack of Speed In a Large Corporation

Steve Blank

And when we do make bets, they’re small bets on incremental products or acquisitions that simply add to the bottom line.”. Startups have finite time and resources to find product/market fit before they run out of money. They’ve found product/market fit (what products customers want to buy). They’ve learned the best distribution channel to get the product from their company to the customer. and how to price the product.

10 Ways to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Inc Startups

Not too long ago, defensible IP was one of the top things venture capitalists wanted to see in a startup. After all, creating and maintaining a robust IP portfolio is expensive. And the lean startup model is all about getting to market fast with the minimum viable product.

What Should You Do with Your Crappy Little Services Business?

Both Sides of the Table

There’s a line of thinking in Silicon Valley that you should build product businesses rather than services businesses. And stop effing around trying to create a product company.&#. Often in this strategy you end up giving them the product for free and bill them only services fees.