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Technology Ventures

Entrepreneurs and VCs in Discussion on IP

CTV’s Executive Director, Orin Herskowitz, hosted a panel discussion with four venture capitalists (Kittu Kolluri, NEA; Stan Reiss, Matrix Partners; Lee Wrubel, Foundation Medical Partners; John Lee, Osage) and four serial entrepreneurs (Vishal Misra, Greg Blonder, Matt Price, and Seth Tropper) to discuss the role that intellectual property has played in the companies they have founded and funded. These discussions were filmed as part of the class taught by Orin & Columbia’s Chief Patent Counsel Jeff Sears, IP for Entrepreneurs and Managers, in Spring 2015. To watch the whole session (90 minutes total), click on the three panels below in order. If you would prefer to jump to specific questions, please click here.

Entrepreneur Perspectives on Intellectual Property

Topics include:

  • Whether or not to patent the startup's inventions
  • Investor due diligence on the startup's intellectual property
  • Negotiating a license to IP the startup needs
  • Lessons learned from working with patent attorneys

 

Venture Capital Perspectives on Intellectual Property

Topics include:

  • Role of IP when making investment decisions
  • Dealing with patent assertion entities / "trolls"
  • Using patents as a sword against the startup's competitors
  • Advice for new entrepreneurs on startup IP strategy
  • Software & algorithm patents
  • Recommended patent attorneys for startups

 

Entrepreneurs and VCs in Discussion on IP

Topics include:

  • Using outside experts for IP diligence
  • Setting an appropriate patent budget
  • Perspectives on congressional patent reform
  • Budgeting a Patent Strategy
  • Relatively "hot" areas for investment
  • Differences between working with universities vs. corporations

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