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  1. 1. Intellectual Property Considerations for High Tech Startup Companies<br />Presented by: Chad Walsh<br />
  2. 2. Topics<br />Mobile Employee Issues<br />Identifying and Protecting Innovations<br />Patent Process Primer for Founders and Executives<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  3. 3. Mobile Employee Issues<br />Trade Secrets<br />Nonsolicitation<br />Noncompetition<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  4. 4. Trade Secrets<br />What are Trade Secrets?<br />Information – technical & business<br />Economic value from not being generally known<br />Reasonable efforts to maintain secrecy<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  5. 5. Common Scenarios<br />Mobile Employees<br />Founders leave prior employer<br />Company hires new employees<br />Founder/Company share information with 3rd parties<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  6. 6. Labor Code 2870: Employers in California typically own everything you do unless unrelated to current or anticipated research or development.<br />Must make a “clean exit”<br />Don’t start work until after you leave.<br />Take NOTHING!!!!<br />Show Independent Development – Keep records.<br />Consider a waiver or deal with former Employer.<br />Example: Pursuing exploration of opportunities in emerging markets.<br />Understand Nonsoliciation/Noncompete terms of Employment Agreement.<br />Trade Secrets - Mobile Employees<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  7. 7. NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS<br />One-Way Disclosing<br />One-Way Receiving<br />Mutual NDA<br />Every engagement with a 3rd party is a negotiation.<br />Work with your attorney to understand the parameters for each engagement.<br />If you are not protected, tell the other side what you can do in broad high level terms without disclosing the “magic.” Avoid being “pumped.”<br />Sharing Information<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  8. 8. Types of IP Protection<br />Trademarks – Protect the brand equity investments (Company Name, Logo, Product Names).<br />Copyrights – Protect creative works (authorship, graphic design, etc…)<br />Patents – Protect technical innovations<br />Trade Secrets – Protect economically valuable non-public information (technical/business)<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  9. 9. Identifying Innovations<br />What is it about your product that is different and adds value?<br />Team: Design, Dev., Mktg, Sales, Apps.<br />Features that enable value added differentiators should be analyzed for protection.<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  10. 10. Patents vs. Trade Secrets<br />Is the innovation capable of being maintained in total secrecy FOREVER!<br />Facebook – NOT!<br />Advanced threading algorithm executing ONLY on Company Servers and incapable of reverse engineering – maybe?<br />Trade Secrets – Once it is public, it is GONE.<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  11. 11. Patent Basics<br />Provisional v. Nonprovisional<br />Specification, Drawings, Claims<br />Novel & Not Obvious<br />Technical innovations<br />Software – Yes<br />Pure Business Methods – No<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  12. 12. Patent Basics (cont.)<br /><ul><li>“Right to Exclude” for 20 years from filing date
  13. 13. 1 year bar dates in the U.S.
  14. 14. Publication - Conferences
  15. 15. Public Use – Samples, Prototypes
  16. 16. Sale or Offer for Sale - Quotes
  17. 17. Provisional Patents – Abandoned after 1yr.
  18. 18. Foreign Filing – Non-public/1 yr from filing</li></ul>The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  19. 19. Patent Process Basics<br />Meeting with Patent Attorney to:<br />Review product offerings and identify potential innovations<br />Develop “portfolio” and “business” strategy<br />Deep dive into identified technologies<br />Drafting and Filing of Patent Applications<br />Duty of Disclosure<br />Foreign Filing, Provisional/Nonprov.<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  20. 20. Patent Process Basics (cont.)<br />Publication/Non-publication – 18 mo.<br />Examination by USPTO – 1-2 yrs.<br />First Office Action/Response<br />Further Examination/Responses<br />Allowance/RCE/Appeal<br />Continuations, Divisionals, CIPs<br />Patent Grant<br />Maintenance fees<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  21. 21. Misc Patent Issues in High Tech<br />Product Clearance and Patent Search<br />Standards, Open Source, and RANDZ terms<br />Contracts and Development Agreements<br />Cost/Quality/Scope<br />Offensive/Defensive Strategies - Litigation<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  22. 22. Closing Thoughts<br />Intellectual Property Rights are “Assets” that add value to your business.<br />Your Lawyers “should be” trusted members of your executive team.<br />Choose carefully and deliberately.<br />“Help me, help you.” Jerry McGuire<br />The content of this presentation shall not be considered legal advertising, advice, or opinion. Copyright 2011 Fountainhead Law Group P.C. All rights reserved<br />
  23. 23. THANK YOU!<br />

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