Building an IP Fortress

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How to Raise a Series A

How To: Build an IP Fortress Overview

Pillar VC’s A to Z Guide on All Matters Intellectual Property for Start-Up CEOs.

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Part 1: A Primer on Patents

What is a Patent? What Are the Parts of a Patent Application? Why Are Patents Valuable? What Types of Inventions Can Be Patented? Russ Wilcox answers all of these questions and more in Part 1: A Primer on Patents.

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Part 2: The Foundation - Before You Incorporate

In this section, we discuss how to evaluate a technology or science available to license, how to figure out if there is room to start a new company without getting sued by existing patentholders, and how to make a fair deal with a university or government lab licensing officer.

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Part 3: The Keep - Your Critical First Patent Sprint

Now that you have a foundation cleared up, it’s time to build your fortress, and at the center of every fortress is the most protected area of all, the Keep. We better explain our castle analogy, and then tell you step by step how to get started.

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Part 4: The Walls - How to Run an Ongoing IP Program

Whenever you uncover a valuable invention, you have a system in place to identify, protect, and file on the right intellectual property. Each time you do, you will be building an additional outer wall to protect your core IP. Read about a comprehensive system for managing those processes in this section.

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Part 5: The Gate - Protecting Your IP Outside the Company

Next it is time to venture outside the castle, but you don’t want to let your ideas walk right out the front gate! Learn how to hold technical or scientific discussions without sacrificing your ability to file and control patents, and find out how best to structure joint development agreements with allies.

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Part 6: The Cavalry - Defending Your Castle from Attack

With well-written contracts in place acting like a gate to guard your interactions with the outside world, you can finally rest content. You have set up all the elements needed to create an IP fortress, and your walls are growing every day. There’s just one topic left to cover – what to do if your castle is attacked?

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How Much Should Startups Invest in Intellectual Property?

Before investing in patents, all startups should take two simple, low-cost steps: briefly check freedom to operate and put the right legal documents place.

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