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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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