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SXSW 2018

Help From Your Friends: Crowdfunding and IP

A successful crowd funding campaign can be the difference between boom and bust for your startup. But, there are important things to think about before you start your campaign—namely the effects crowd funding campaigns can have on your IP rights and business strategy. Representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including Regional Director Hope Shimabuku, will discuss best practices for protecting your ideas while obtaining the capital that will finance your dreams.

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Takeaways

  1. What are the risks of starting a crowd funding campaign without IP Protection?
  2. What are the risks of starting a crowd funding campaign without knowledge of existing intellectual property?
  3. What is the difference in protection between a provisional and a non-provisional patent application?

Speakers

  • Hope Shimabuku, Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office , USPTO
  • Joseph Matal, Performing the Functions and Duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Organizer

Nicholas McFall, Patent Examiner, USPTO

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Startup & Tech Sectors
  • Level: Beginner
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