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

VC Cafe

To reduce risk, many foreign technology firms maintain R&D abroad, with local distributors overseeing localization, sales and marketing. Also, patent review is slower than Europe, as noted by Maier Fenster of IP firm Ehlich & Fenster in his presentation IP in Japan.

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


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.

Startup Blog: Think Ahead When You are Negotiating IP Rights

Taffy Williams

Examples may relate to Biotech, Pharma and Medical Device businesses, but the ideas apply to most technology fields. 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.

How To Protect Your Business With Intellectual Property Rights

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

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. Essentially protecting your IP makes it easier to pursue legal action if someone steals or copies your work. Technology. IP rights provide protection against someone directly copying your idea.

Hosted PBX, A Revelation In Telecommunications Technology


Telephonic technology has gone several notches high with the arrival of Hosted PBX. This business telecommunication technology is gradually taking the world by storm. Users are getting a sophisticated network technology of new generation without large scale investment.

Intellectual Property for Startups in the Real World


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 ?

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.) The assets you can protect may include your “core technology&# like source code, hardware designs, architectures, processes, formulas. Type of IP. _. non-public technology. technology, business information. _. new technology. Posted in Technology, Venture Capital. Tags: Technology Venture Capital

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

Taffy Williams

Examples may relate to Biotech, Pharma and Medical Device businesses, but the ideas apply to most technology fields. The discussion of IP is sufficiently important to the NewCo that it will take more than one article to get the basics down.

Four Technologies That You Absolutely Need In Your Office


From a technology standpoint, what can you afford to leave off the shopping list and what is right up there at the top? So ensure that you have Voice over IP (VoIP) set up, as this will allow you to utilize phone lines and internet lines to communicate through voice, image and video.

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.

Innovative Technology and Design Prototypes from Israel’s miLAB

VC Cafe

miLAB is a research and prototyping lab that explores the future of media, technology, and human-computer interaction. The system is based on 3D scanning technology by PrimeSense, which is also integrated into Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect product.

How to License Great Technology

Inc Startups

Consider licensing already-existing technology instead. There's a popular image of entrepreneurs as brilliant coders or scientists, working round the clock to perfect some seemingly-obscure bit of technology that will nonetheless change the world.

30 Machine Intelligence Startups to Watch in Israel

VC Cafe

Artificial Intelligence is an important, foundational technology that gets more important every year and will be used to solve more and more problems going forward. One of the interesting applications for this technology is assessing intellect in job interviews.

Special: The 56 Israeli Companies Exhibiting in Mobile World Congress 2011

VC Cafe

The Mobile World Congress , possibly the largest International technology conference and definitely the most important mobile conference of the year is taking place in Barcelona this February 14-17. Ceedo Technologies. Runcom Technologies. IBM Global Technology.

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.

Protect Your Business Plan Like It’s Your Baby—Here’s How

Up and Running

Nearly all businesses, whether they are small or large, are comprised of intellectual property (IP) and trade secrets, which can serve as the foundation for commercial success. Examples of IP and trade secrets include but are not limited to: Business plans.

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

Taffy Williams

Examples may relate to Biotech, Pharma and Medical Device businesses, but the ideas apply to most technology fields. Wednesday, June 1, 2011 A great “leave piece&# for partnering your technology (by Linda Pullan, Ph.D.) Licensing Technologies from Universities – Tips fo.

Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Ultimately, congress and the administration forced the content industry to negotiate with the technology industry. 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. These bills were written by the content industry without any input from the technology industry. And they are trying to fast track them through congress and into law without any negotiation with the technology industry. 

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Are Universities The New VCs?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It isn't the IP and patents that are held by Universities that interest me. hacking education Venture Capital and Technology The New Yorker has a piece on Stanford's StartX. They ask some interesting questions and end with this one: If the university is a farm, do the students become the cows? I have promoted this idea of becoming an early stage investor to a number of Universities and schools within Universities for some time now.

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2012: The Year That Movements Go Mainstream?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

4) Wired says that 2011 was the year that IP trumped Civil Liberties. Politics Venture Capital and Technology WeblogsI returned from ten days of skiing with my family last night. I'm on mountain time and plan to stay there until the new year. Staying up late and sleeping late seems to be a good way to bring in the New Year. But even so, my version of sleeping late is getting up at 8am. My family's version of sleeping late is getting up at noon.

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Vortex Rolling Out Technology Boosting Oil Field Usage


Siberian scientists and Latvian businessmen of Vortex Oil Engineering have started field tests of their technology, which they say will improve oil field utilization 5-6 times and reduce the water pollution.

Lying on your resume

Steve Blank

This is a technology-driven company and your background sounds great. After a few days I sent him my updated resume and he passed it on to Convergent Technologies. Filed under: Convergent Technologies , E.piphany , ESL , Family/Career/Culture , Zilog.

A Look At The Benefits Of Using A VPN

The Startup Magazine

In simple terms, it is a technology that connects users to a virtual private network through an encrypted channel. 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 Twitter "Patent Hack"

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

They developed some browser based javascript tracking technology. So IP that was partially funded by our firm was used to sue other portfolio companies. Venture Capital and Technology Web/TechYesterday 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.

[Malaysia] National Instruments Opens NI-AIN Lab In Technology Park


Automated test equipment and virtual instrumentation software provider National Instruments has announced the opening of National Instruments Academy & Innovation Nucleus (NI-AIN), a shared services lab facility in Technology Park Malaysia comprising over RM20 million (~US$6.25

Public Wi-Fi Security Threats and How to Avoid them

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This will take you to a different server at an entirely different location, enabling you to access public network without giving away your actual IP address. When you are done, just turn the public Wi-Fi off, disable VPN, and you will return to your device’s original IP once again.


A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

The basic idea of the IPA is that it is a contract between Twitter and the engineer(s) and designer(s) who developed the IP. Our portfolio companies are independent of USV and can make up their own minds about their IP strategies. Venture Capital and Technology No, I am not blogging about India Pale Ale, although I must say that I am a big fan of it.

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Cornell Tech Company: Agronomic Technology Corp (Part 1), Guest Post by Deb Eichten


Cayuga Venture Fund recently closed an investment in a company called Agronomic Technology Corp (ATC). Part 1 of 2 part posting by guest blogger Debra Eichten, Entrepreneurship at Cornell staff, interview with the founders of Agronomic Technology. The resulting product adapt-N has become the initial offering of Agronomic Technology. Steve Silbulkin, CEO Agronomic Technology Group ]: “An entrepreneur must understand if there is a market opportunity.

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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.

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. The exchange is typically handled via a “Technology Assignment Agreement.&#. Consideration for services rendered should be given to all developers and consultants that work on anything IP-related at your startup. Like the incorporation, the intellectual property transfer will be executed pursuant to a Technology Assignment Agreement.

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). The problem isn’t technology; it’s the business model.

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). The problem isn’t technology; it’s the business model.

[Event] [Singapore] Techventure 2011: A Sign of Increasing Asian Technology Innovation


But those same words could easily be applied to the Singapore-based technology entrepreneurs present at Techventure 2011. Plans for more Singapore-based technology incubators. Talent, as well as technology, is flowing in this direction.

Bad Technology That Won't Die

Inc Startups

The speed at which technology evolves has never been faster. You typically have to type in an IP address like The problem is that the screen technology is just not that convincing. Usually hardware and software improve with time. But not always.

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How Do Angel Investors Make Decisions?

Early Growth Financial Services

They’ll want to know what’s unique about your IP and … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC FundingIn some ways, getting your startup funded has parallels with The Amazing Race. It can seem like a long, winding, obstacle-strewn course.

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. 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. The equal sharing I honestly find a little random but it’s very rare that the IP would be worth anything.

Should a Founder License IP to a Startup?

The Startup Lawyer

Often a startup founder will desire to license his or her intellectual property to a new startup venture, rather than transfer ownership to the startup at incorporation via a technology assignment agreement. 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. Founder IP Should Become Startup IP.