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Success Protecting Intellectual Property in the Lifecycle of a Pre-Sales Revenue Biotechnology Venture Destined for IPO

For a drug discovery start-up, patent protection of the intellectual property underlying the commercialization pursuit is critically important. If the company is a university or research institution spin-out that obtained...more

An Entrepreneur's Guide to Getting Sued and Fighting Back

You finally figured out the product. You hired the right guys. You released your beta version to 10,000 users and the response has been off the charts. You’re about to close your third round of funding with a valuation you...more

8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment

So, you’re about to raise money for the first time. Good luck! Before you start approaching VC firms for pitch opportunities, though, be aware that investors typically expect a certain amount of organization and structure...more

IP Strategies for Software Tech Companies

In This Presentation: - Key IP Concerns for Software Tech Companies - New Post-Grant Proceedings for Challenging Patents - Impact of Alice on Software Patents and the Importance of Building a Strong Patent...more

Not Everyone Can Run Elon Musk’s Playbook

If anything, Musk’s letter actually underscores the need for a cohesive patent strategy at the outset, when large competitors can easily copy your efforts....more

Controlling Patenting Costs

Now more than ever one needs to ensure value for money in creating and maintaining a patent portfolio. Not only are budgets decreasing or stagnant, but the number of countries that need to be considered is increasing. ...more

Protecting Your Start-Up’s Core Assets

In my series of posts with advice for start-ups, I think this is the most important one. It is about protecting the heart of your business, i.e. those assets that form its foundation, drive its prospects and distinguish it...more

Provisional Patent Applications – Proceed with Caution

For inventors, start-ups and established business, patents are a key tool in protecting valuable assets. However, it is not always economically feasible to incur costs of preparing and filing one or more applications at the...more

Startups seeking crowdfunding: Avoiding patent pitfalls

Many startup companies want to change the world with their great new ideas – but, in an effort to raise funds, some jeopardize their ability to protect those great new ideas with patents. This doesn’t have to happen. With a...more

The Life Sciences Report - Spring 2014

In this issue: - A New Accelerator Takes Digital Health Start-Ups to the Next Level - The Return of the MedTech IPO Market - Is There a Deal in Your Future? A Guide to Navigating Antitrust Waters -...more

Defensive Publication: An Alternate Way of Maintaining Your Turf in a Competitive Marketplace

It is common knowledge that the bread-and-butter of emerging startups lies in securing exclusive rights to key aspects of their implicated technology. Staking claims to valuable IP assets via direct ownership or exclusive...more

Google's Nest Acquisition Has Much To Do With Patents

The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not? ...more

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the...more

Protect Your Stuff

From Day One, a start-up company needs to protect its technology and its branding, and to budget for that protection. Some suggested steps follow, many of which require little or no direct, out-of-pocket expense....more

IP, trade secrets and employee mobility - Judges and attorneys discuss top-of-mind issues for Silicon Valley tech employers

Increasingly today, the value of a company is measured not by its physical assets, but by the talents of its employees and the utility of its intellectual property. Because of their knowledge and experience, talented...more

Brookings Paper Calls for Technology Transfer Model Based on University Start-ups

A paper released by the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution asserts that by relying on a technology transfer model based on patent licensing, only a few universities have been able to generate...more

Q&A: When to Publicly Announce New Business Idea or Product

When is the right time to publicly announce a new business idea or product? It’s easy to get carried away with the excitement of a new business or product launch, but without careful planning, a public announcement may hinder...more

Legal Resource Guide for Startup Entrepreneurs

In this Guide: - Guide to Starting a Corporation - Venture Capital for High Technology Companies - Angel/Seed Financing Survey – 2012: Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries - Trends in...more

Rebutting a Prima Facie Case of Obviousness

Obtaining a patent for an invention requires the crossing of many statutory hurdles. One of the main statutory hurdles is to rebut any contentions by a patent examiner that an invention may be obvious (i.e., rebutting a...more

Patent Trolls: The View From Above the Bridge and the View From Below the Bridge

Non-practicing entities (NPEs), also know as “patent assertion entities” (PAEs) or “patent trolls,” have received much attention recently with two bills in Congress, statements by the President, a Vermont law to curb trolls,...more

Intellectual Property and Your Startup (Presentation)

Knobbe Martens’ patent attorneys Russell Jeide and Scott Cromar hosted a seminar series on intellectual property basics for Temecula’s business community. This presentation is from the first class giving a basic overview of...more

AIA Impact on Start Up Capital [Video]

An important consideration following the implementation of the America Invents Act is how will the law will affect capital raises for critical start-ups and emerging companies. In this video, Robert Greene Sterne, a founding...more

Watch That Incubator

Make sure you’re protected before diving into academic collaboration - Today, many universities operate business incubators, and some are seeing significant success. Since 2006, for example, the University of...more

Follow-on Biologics and Patent Reform: Will They Discourage Venture Capital Investment in the Biotechnology Industry?

According to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, venture capital (VC) investing hit a five-year high in 2006, with $25.5 billion invested. Notably, the Life Sciences sector, which...more

Biotechnology Entrepreneur - How to Be Smart!

While starting any business is daunting, biotechnology start-ups present unique technological, business, financial, regulatory and legal challenges for the entrepreneur. A thorough plan is essential. This article gives...more

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