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Legal Dos and Don’ts From a Startup Veteran

Starting a company can come with a lot of documents, patents, red tape, and legalese – and more often than not you don’t have a JD on hand to help you navigate. Mariana Antcheva, General Counsel of Lytro and formerly of tech law firm Fenwick & West, walks through a range of issues start-ups face on the legal front, sharing war stories from #legalfails and how your company can avoid them.

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  1. What are the situations in which I should apply for a trademark, copyright, or patent?
  2. What does the planning process look like for applying for trademark, copyright, or patent?
  3. What are some general rules of thumb to think about for legal when planning product developments and announcements?
  4. What are the best practices for drafting up legal documents?
  5. What kind of damage control can my company utilize if we run into legal trouble?


  • Mariana Antcheva, General Counsel, Lytro


Eva Grzesik, Account Executive, The OutCast Agency

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