SXSW 2019

IP to IPO: Protect and Get Your Idea to Market


You’ve got a great idea, but now what? Whether you want to produce and market your invention yourself or license it to another company, the best way for you to profit from your idea is to file a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Venture capitalists will often use IP rights as the determining factor to invest in a new business, and the presence of IP rights can make or break your start-up. USPTO’s Molly Kocialski will lead an insightful discussion with inventor/entrepreneurs Arlyne Simon and Steve Katsaros. Together they will discuss: how and why inventors should obtain the IP rights and how entrepreneurs will benefit from the protection they receive from the USPTO.

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  1. How to choose the right time to file a patent, how the USPTO can help you protect your valuable idea, and who you’ll need to help you patent it.
  2. How to use a patent or intellectual property rights can be used to secure funding for your startup, and how other inventors have found funding.
  3. What to do when someone infringes on your intellectual property, and who can help you remedy the situation.



Julianne Metzger, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Entrepreneurship & Startups
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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