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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. Do startups really think patents are going to make or break their business?

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. Do startups really think patents are going to make or break their business?

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

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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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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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. This is one of the many reasons why startups need lawyers who come from this space. But until such time as you have that lawyer, here are two templates to get you started: IP assignment for Independent Contractors (i.e.

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

ReadWriteStart

Those are the first three items on every tech startup's checklist (more or less). Much farther down the list - if it's there at all - is the security plan the startup needs to protect its brilliant idea from theft. Most startups take the obvious measures: Be careful who you hire.

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 ?

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). Startup LifeLet’s suppose a team of 4 students (Team ZZ) is in a business innovation class.

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IP 101 for Startups

StartupCFO

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

Is This Startup Ready For Investment?

Steve Blank

Since 2005 startup accelerators have provided cohorts of startups with mentoring, pitch practice and product focus. What’s been missing for everyone is: a common language for investors to communicate objectives to startups.

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

VC Cafe

To strengthen bi-lateral trade, Avi Hasson , Chief Scientist and Chairman of the Israeli Innovation Authority, led a delegation of 11 Israeli IoT startups this month to Tokyo and Osaka. 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 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.

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. Tech startups are at the other extreme. Most of our early-stage startup clients fit this description.

Corporate Acquisitions of Startups: Why Do They Fail?

Steve Blank

For decades large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to integrate startups into large companies? acquire startups for their teams (and discard the product).

Startup Blog: Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights

Taffy Williams

Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company. 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. Yep, You and Your Startup Are Topics in the Rumor.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

Both Sides of the Table

I have never been more optimistic about the impact that the tech startup community is having on cities in America or about the role that cities outside of San Francisco / Silicon Valley can play in our future. Changes in the Startup Ecosystem. Startup Lessons

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

Both Sides of the Table

There is not a single case I’ve been involved with in any of the startups I’ve backed that has even a small bit of merit. I started writing about problems when founding a startup years ago but the problem has gotten worse. Startup Lessons*. Lawsuits.

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.) 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. At one of my entrepreneurship classes at Stanford, Dan Dorosin , of Fenwick & West LLP guest lectures about startups and Intellectual Property. Type of IP. _.

If I Launched a Startup

The Startup Lawyer

10) Consideration for Founders Shares: Cash & IP. (11) 11) Handling of “Lost Founders&# : Lock Down the IP (then Wish Them Well). 2) Fees Paid to Pitch my Startup: $0. (3) Tags: Startup Issues Incorporation raising capital startup Here’s what I’d do in the beginning: Incorporation. (1) 1) Entity Choice: Corporation or Corporation. (2) 2) State of Incorporation: Delaware. (3) 3) Authorized Shares in Charter: 10,000,000 Shares. (4)

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Startup Blog: Intellectual Property (IP) and Know-how: Defined

Taffy Williams

Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company. The discussion of IP is sufficiently important to the NewCo that it will take more than one article to get the basics down. Most important will be the IP with a brief description of the others.

Startup Resources

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Startup Resources (Updated Mar 2013). Venture Capital Cafe > Startup Resources (Updated Mar 2013). VC & Startup Resources. Seed Startups. VC Cafe covers early stage Israeli and European tech & mobile startups. Updated Business tools for Startups.

How To Launch a Startup and Avoid Ending-up in Jail

Scott Edward Walker

Introduction I love working with startups – and trying to protect founders and watch their backs. Not only are there key contractual issues that must be buttoned-down (like vesting and IP assignment ), but also there is a minefield of laws and regulations that must be complied with.

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

Both Sides of the Table

I find it amusing when a journalist writes an article about a prominent startup (either privately held or preparing for an IPO) and decries that, “They’re not even profitable!” In many Internet startups 80% of the operating costs will be people.

The 5 Biggest Legal Mistakes That Startups Make

Scott Edward Walker

My law firm recently entered into a new partnership with This Week in Startups and sponsored their live fireside chat last month in San Francisco with authors Nick Bilton and Brad Stone. Mistake #2 : not buttoning-down IP ownership issues (at 10:20). Startup Weekend issues .

What is the Right Burn Rate at a Startup Company?

Both Sides of the Table

I was reading Danielle Morrill’s blog post today on whether one’s “ Startup Burn Rate is Normal. I love how transparently Danielle lives her startup (& encourages other to join in) because it provides much needed transparency to other startups. by Michael Woolf that is worth any startup founder reading to get a sense of perspective on the reality warp that is startup world during a frothy market such as 1997-1999, 2005-2007 or 2012-2014.

3 Ways Structure Can Take Your Tech Startup To New Heights

YoungUpstarts

Think of a tech startup the same way. Startup stardom is the new American Dream. Fifty percent of all startups flame out after four years. To become part of the surviving half, use these methods to ensure your startup’s structure stands strong.

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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.

StartupRoar - Great Content for Startups

SoCal CTO

For example: Entrepreneurship as a Science – The Business Model/Customer Development Stack Customer Development for Web Startups How To Get Your First 1,000 Users Similarly, when you look at IP / Intellectual Property for Startups, it's dominated by Jill Hubbard Bowman 's wonderful content.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Since AI and ML startups cut across verticals (analytics, fintech, health, adtech, security, etc), it’s easier to group them under the “machine intelligence” umbrella, coined by Shivon Zillis , a partner at Bloomberg Beta. Noteworthy Machine Intelligence startups in Israel ??

Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth?

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 19 January 2010 Startup Valuation: How Much Is Your Company Worth? Part of my job description involves prepping startups to raise capital. But the challenge is that none of the traditionally-accepted valuation methods really apply to early stage startups.

Zayo Group – One of Boulder’s Amazing Startup Stories

Feld Thoughts

I’m intensely proud of both the amazing startup community in Boulder as well as the many significant companies that have been – and are being – created in the little town of 100,000 people I call home. I first met Dan around a decade ago when Howard Diamond, another incredible contributor to the Boulder startup community, introduced us. I am excited to see this innovative energy spreading across the front range, through Startup Colorado and other initiatives.

How Many Angels is the Right Amount for a Startup to Have?

Both Sides of the Table

I love how open Danielle has been throughout the development of her startup Mattermark including honest reflections of when she has changed her opinion. Founder fighting, IP lawsuits, high-profile resignations, trouble fund raising, bad product release, 409a complications, community is rebelling against the CEO: You. Startup Lessons

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.? As Chris Dixon says in Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret.

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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.? As Chris Dixon says in Why you shouldn’t keep your startup idea secret.

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Success and Failure — San Diego Startup Community

Market by Numbers

With Brad Feld coming to town this week, I think it’s a good time to evaluate the state of San Diego’s Startup Community. ” A few hands raised up, some by those merely seeking affirmation and the chance to pitch Brad on their failing startup.

Top 120 Startup Posts for 2010

SoCal CTO

Some really great stuff in 2010 that aims to help startups around product, technology, business models, etc. Steve Blank , January 25, 2010 10 Tips for Adding Game Mechanics to a Non-Gaming Service - ReadWriteStart , September 21, 2010 Startups & VCs: Learn How to Design, Market, & Eat Your Own. - Forum December 9th Lineup - Startup Houston , November 27, 2010 When to step on the gas and go for it?

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8 Intellectual Property Items Every Startup Needs

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. entrepreneur startup name intellectual property trademark

Can Your Startup Flourish Despite Business Chaos?

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup founder I know talks about the chaos of their business, which they usually attribute to that burst of growth that is required to get to positive cash flow. Don’t count on your IP to save you. business chaos Clate Mask entrepreneur startup success

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Building the Global Startup

John O'Farrell

In browsing Quora recently, I was struck, but not surprised, by how many people sought advice on how to expand a startup internationally. Protect your IP . Make sure your IP protection plan covers you internationally. (The