IP to IPO: Investing in and Protecting your IP
You’re an entrepreneur with a patent or a trademark, now what? What’s the best way to use them to protect your intellectual property? How can you leverage your patent or trademark to grow your business? As evidenced on TV’s ‘Shark Tank®’, venture capitalists often inquire about IP rights when deciding whether to invest critical money into a growing business and therefore the ownership of IP rights can make or break a start-up. A representative from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and two entrepreneurs will discuss obtaining IP rights, benefiting from the protection they deliver, and procuring funding to manufacture their product or to license their idea to other companies.
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Additional Supporting Materials
- The steps an entrepreneur should take after they are issued a patent or a trademark. USPTO guidance and resources available at SXSW for entrepreneurs.
- The ways entrepreneurs can leverage their IP rights to secure funding for a new business or to grow an established business.
- How other entrepreneurs have dealt with patent and trademark infringement and other resources available from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
- Mollybeth Kocialski, Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
- Lindsey Laurain, Founder, ezpz
- Fred Ruckel, Inventor, Creative Director, Owner, Snugglycat Inc.; RuckSackNY, Randy Cooper Foundation
Paul Fucito, Press Secretary, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)