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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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. Consumerization of IT has accelerated the pace of software adoption in the enterprise, placing greater significance on market traction and momentum. It’s also important to realize how little value investors therefore put on IP when investing in a company.

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


Install anti-hacking software. 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 A brilliant idea. A great team to work on it.

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.

How to Make Sure Professional Services Don’t Take Over Your Software Company

Both Sides of the Table

deliver profitable revenue that while on gross margins of 50% vs. software at 85-95% it is still profits to help you cover fixed costs. You don’t want to run the risk that having a PS business that takes your eye of off the ball of growing a large software business.

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. _. software, songs, movies, web site content. _. 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.) Enterprise software company – copyright and trade secrets are probable.

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. 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.

From Agency to Enterprise Software: The Evolution of Buddy Media

This is going to be BIG.

The other day I wrote a post about the lack of Enterprise Software disruption coming out of NYC —and a lot of people responded that I wasn’t citing Buddy Media. but the evidence would suggest that repositioning the company as social enterprise software was a master stroke.

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. Software code counts as “creative expression.

Putting the Dev in Devops: Bringing Software Engineering to Operations Infrastructure Tooling

Code as Craft

This default Cobbler profile loads a bootable disk image that runs what we call the sledgehammer executor , which performs some setup steps such as loading various configuration files and then installs and runs another software package we create that takes over for the rest of the setup steps.

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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.

Russia Drafts Its New IP Protection Strategy And Encourages Public Feedback


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.

Alex Osterwalder on Business Model Innovation at Business of Software 2011.

Business of Software Blog

BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE – FOR PEOPLE BUILDING GREAT SOFTWARE BUSINESSES. “If you’re a serious software entrepreneur in any stage, it will change your life to attend Business of Software.” ” Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software and WP Engine. In two minutes explain what your business model of your company or Software Company is. In software we have software designs, a little bit of design there.

A Look At The Benefits Of Using A VPN

The Startup Magazine

Unfortunately, local solutions to these problems, like firewall and installing antivirus software is simply not an adequate measure. The moment you connect online from your mobile or PC you are leaving footprints of your internet service provider as well as your IP address. What is VPN?

The investment that didn’t happen

K9 Ventures

While Zappos was doing diligence on Modista, the issue was brought up that one of other companies in this space — , founded by Munjal Shah — had filed for some IP in this area. The purpose of this post isn’t to debate the pros and cons of software patents.

The one barrier to entry startups should focus on

Version One Ventures

However, the web has leveled the playing field even more: Lower customer switching costs: With the cloud, customers can more easily switch software vendors without having to worry about a major hardware re-tool or complex IT implementation. Barriers to entry! Photo credit: phill.d)

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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.

"When in doubt, look different". Geoffrey Moore at Business of Software. Video & transcript.

Business of Software Blog

"I have to say if I have, to be in a business during this economy, I would want to be in a software business. A service led software business. " Business of Software 2011, Boston, MA, October 24-26 th 2011 [link]  For people growing sustainable, profitable, software businesses.  Geoffrey Moore at Business of Software 2009. But I have to say if I have, to be in a business during this economy, I would want to be in a software business.

How to optimize your business with a mobile app

The Next Web

This post is brought to you by Intellectsoft - helping you build software with intelligence. Not to mention, mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic. When it comes to the business value of mobile, the growth and engagement numbers speak for themselves.

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How to Divide Founder Equity: 4 Criteria to Discuss

View from Seed

Ideation/IP. Sometimes a portion of founders’ equity splits are attributed to “who came up with the idea” or to actual IP that’s brought into the business at inception.

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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. (Powered by LaunchBit ).

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

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. While I’ve mentioned the basics of what each of the major streams of IP protect, there are instances where they overlap.

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.

Punch & Pie: How Should Co-Founders Divide Equity?

Agile VC

4) Ideation / IP – Sometimes a portion of founders’ equity splits are attributed to “who came up with the idea” or to actual IP that’s brought into the business at inception.

American Censorship Day Is Tomorrow (11/16/11)

Feld Thoughts

There are two very disturbing bills making their way through Congress: Protect IP Act (PIPA - S.968 ) and Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA – H.R.3261 ). PROTECT IP Act Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

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The Story of Raspberry Pi | Raspberry Pi Zero | Jack Lang Business of Software Europe 2015 Talk

Business of Software Blog

Jack Lang, Chairman of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and part of the original Pi Team, took to the Business of Software Europe stage to share the story of Raspberry Pi in 2015: It’s incredible journey from project, to world changer. What happens when every light bulb and every light switch has got an IP address and possibly a camera? What do you see as future products that we could do as an industry to help create a new generation of software engineers after Raspberry Pi?

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

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4 Easy Steps to Increase Your Business’s Online Security

Up and Running

Use a security software that tests for vulnerabilities. There are various software options that test your network and payment terminals for breach vulnerability. If you do not already have access to a Security Software, ControlScan Inc’s PCI 1-2-3 is a pretty good option.

What Businesses Need To Know In The Wake Of The Equifax Breach


And seeing multiple new accounts coming from the same IP address or device is a red flag for a single person creating many accounts. by Jason Tan, CEO of Sift Science. Online businesses everywhere are going to be dealing with the effects of the recent Equifax breach.

NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept


Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy First Rule of Fight Club Does NOT Apply Worry About People Listening To You, Not About Them Stealing Your Ideas If you love your idea, set it free….

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NDA Stealth Mode and Sharing Your Startup Concept


Someone Stole My Startup Idea – Part 3: The Best Defense is a Good IP Strategy First Rule of Fight Club Does NOT Apply Worry About People Listening To You, Not About Them Stealing Your Ideas If you love your idea, set it free….

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There is always new technology. When should we care? How do we take advantage of it? Dan Bricklin video & transcript at Business of Software 2010.

Business of Software Blog

In this talk he shares the knowledge he has gained from producing software that people buy for over 40 years. A brilliant talk from someone with absolutely nothing left to prove in the software business. Business of Software, Boston, MA, October 24-26 th 2011   [link]  For people growing sustainable, profitable, software businesses. He has a company called Personal Software and they’re selling.” He said “We’re doing this personal software.

I-Corps @ NIH – Pivoting the Curriculum

Steve Blank

Activities cover clinical trials, FDA approvals, Freedom to Operate (IP, Licenses) software development, drug or device design, etc. Resources may be CRO’s, CPT consultants, IP, Financial or Human resources (regardless of whether they’re consultants or employees.).

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

T he software rolls all the data into an Investment Readiness Level score. Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus.

Corporate Bad Activity Against Innovators

Feld Thoughts

I’ve long been a John Carmack fanboy since I first played Doom and realized id Software was based in Mesquite, TX, near where I grew up. So I thought it was pretty awesome when he went to be CTO of Oculus Rift to pursue the next generation of virtual reality software.

The Audacious Plan to Make Electricity as Easy as WiFi

Both Sides of the Table

We hired IP specialists to review prior art. We grilled their IP attorneys. When I first met Meredith Perry she was 24. That was three months ago this week. Today I’m handing her the largest A-round check I’ve ever written as a VC as we lead her $10 million A-Round at uBeam.

Optimize Your Toolset To Tackle Today’s Network Issues


Software defined networking (SDN) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are key technology trends sure to affect the future of networking. Professionalisms Internet of Things Leon Adato networking software defined networking technologyBy Leon Adato, Head Geek, SolarWinds.

Sawyer on Why Bilski Really Means That Software Companies Should Leave the US

Feld Thoughts

Seeing the reaction to Bilski, what has struck me is how surprised and disappointed some people are with the weak will of the Supreme Court to act to limit the damage that software patents are causing, and will keep causing, to innovation in the U.S. As I’ve written before, software patents amount to an innovation tax, transferring wealth from people who build things and make stuff to investment bankers, hedge funders, and, most of all, patent prosecutors and litigators.

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IBC 2011 Attracts 28 Israeli Media and Mobile Startups to Amsterdam

VC Cafe

MYTV is the all-inclusive software that reduces playlist production time and significantly improves the efficiency of Contents’ commercials and playlist management.

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