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      September 25, 2013

      Wednesday   6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      3975 Freedom Circle
      Santa Clara, California 95054

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      Startup Intellectual Property Issues

      IIT Mentors Program Presents:

      Startup Intellectual Property Issues

      Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

       TiE Silicon Valley, Boardroom

      2903 Bunker Hill Lane Suite #150 

      Santa Clara, CA 95054


      Space limited to 20 prospective mentees only! Previous events were sold out.

      See the Attendee List at the bottom of the page

      Program Details

      Patent and other Intellectual Property (IP) issues have been more important to Inventors and Companies in US, India and abroad. Intellectual assets, such as patents, copyrights and trademarks play increasingly a pivotal role in fostering innovation and economic growth in a knowledge-based economy. Competition is intense, and often revolves around an increasingly global race to acquire and assert IP rights. We hear a lot in the news about patent wars among the tech giants– Nokia vs. Google, Apple vs. Samsung and Facebook vs. Yahoo! International. Patent protection is clearly a key component of defensive and offensive competitive strategies for large global organizations. What about smaller technology players and early stage startups that don’t have the resources to hire international law firms? For cash-strapped startups, the cost to file domestic and international patents is often too complex and costly. If left unprotected, a good invention or creation may be lost to larger competitors that are in a better position to commercialize the product or service at a more affordable price, leaving the original inventor without any financial benefit or reward. Adequate protection of the company's patent asset is a crucial step in deterring potential infringement and in turning ideas into business assets with a real market value. The discussion will focus on how to build a strong patent portfolio and enforce and commercialise the same. The discussion aims to empower startups to understand the value of patent portfolio. 

      • What is the difference between patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade-secrets? Which one is right for my startup?
      • What are the consequences of failure to Secure Ownership (or License) of Intellectual Property Rights? How can I protect my startup's IP before and after the incorporation?
      • Are there deadlines for IP protection? How do I develop my IP strategy to not miss some critical opportunities for protection?
      • Which items do I have to watch-out for "inbound" and "outbound" licensing? How do I avoid big errors in licensing?
      • If I use my prior employer’s resources, will my startup be jeopardized? How do I protect myself from lawsuits and criminal liability?
      • Is it ok to use open source software in my product? What do I have to do to control open source software use to avoid trouble later on?
      • I am a cash strapped startup; how can I contain the cost of IP Protection?
      • What additional things do I have to do for IP protection, if my startup operates internationally (e.g. US and India)?
      • How do I develop Patent, Copyright, Trademark, Trade-secret and licensing strategy for my startup?

      If you are grappling with some of these IP questions, then this session is for you. Please join Neeraj Gupta for an informative interactive session.

      Program Summary

      • 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Registration, networking, Chai and Samosa
      • 6:15 PM - 6:45 PM Presentation
      • 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM Questions & Answers



      Neeraj Gupta, Director & CEO - FormulateIP


      Neeraj is Founder & CEO at FormulateIP ( based in India and USA. Applying his business and technical background, Neeraj assists clients in protecting and expanding their domestic and international knowledge-based businesses using IP protection, licensing and strategic planning. Neeraj has played key role in developing and implementing intellectual property, business strategies and initiatives for many product and service based organizations. He is also an expert on sustainable innovation.

      Neeraj is Founding Director of Kfx Labs which develops new special purpose embedded communication systems. He is also Co-founder at Excubator ( The main objective of Excubator is to promote and support startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs.

      As a co-founder and Global co-chair at IIT Mentors, Neeraj holds a special bond with our community. He is also a founding EC member of Federation of Indo-Israeli Chamber of Commerce (South). 

      Neeraj holds Bachelors of Technology degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in Metallurgical and Material Sciences and Masters of Science Degree from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden in Scientific Computing and Mathematics.

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