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When should I engage a startup lawyer?Andrew Lau
Do I need a startup lawyer?Andrew Lau
Does a patent allow me to operate freely?Russ Wilcox
What are common pitfalls, if I don't get a lawyer?Steve Cagnetta
What is the importance of having a good lawyer?Steve Cagnetta
How do we fairly divide our equity?Steve Cagnetta
What is the biggest piece of advice you have for early stage founders?Steve Cagnetta
Are the founders personally liable for paying the full legal bill if they don't close a funding round?Steve Cagnetta
What type of corporation should I form?Steve Cagnetta
How should I choose a startup lawyer?Steve Cagnetta
Do I need a lawyer?Steve Cagnetta
How should I legally structure my startup?Steve Cagnetta
When should I engage a lawyer?Steve Cagnetta
How long does it take to get a patent?Russ Wilcox
How much does it cost to get a patent?Russ Wilcox
What is the success rate for getting patents?Russ Wilcox
How many patents do I need?Russ Wilcox
How many startups get patents?Russ Wilcox
Will patents completely protect me from competitors?Russ Wilcox
If I can't patent my technology, will it still be attractive to VCs?Russ Wilcox
Do I need a patent?Russ Wilcox
Is my tech defensible? Does it matter?Russ Wilcox
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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For many first-time founders, hiring a lawyer might seem like a necessary evil to navigating financings. The reality is that when you choose right, your lawyer is a true partner, helping you navigate unforeseen challenges.