Patent protection is an investment in technology. Like other investments, it can be expensive and uncertain. However, for a technology startup, patent protection can also yield an outsized return by attracting investors, increasing valuation, and/or generating royalty income. A patent portfolio can also be used as collateral or sold at a profit. The value of… Read more »

You’ve taken the plunge and formed your business as a Delaware corporation. What do you need to do next? This post, along with the companion piece 8 Legal To-Dos Before Your First Investment, is intended to help you identify other steps you should be taking as you launch your business and prepare to take on… Read more »

UK review by Colm Murphy The success of your new venture depends on avoiding costly and time consuming patent litigation. Mature companies often engage patent counsel to provide “freedom to operate” opinions with respect to specific products or services based on a thorough review and analysis of the patent law landscape.  These opinions can be… Read more »

UK review by Chris Coulter First time entrepreneurs may be tempted to ask a VC to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before pitching them or sending information to them. Here are four reasons why the investor may not be willing to sign the NDA, and why the request may harm your chances to secure funding. First,… Read more »