Russ Krajec

Russ Krajec

Russ Krajec is the CEO of BlueIron, a patent finance company, and author of Investing In Patents, which explains the BlueIron investment model. Russ is an angel investor, registered patent attorney, the former COO of a venture-backed startup company, and an inventor with 30+ US patents/applications.


Posts by Russ Krajec


Are the Pre-Appeal Conference and P3 Hopelessly Rigged? Practice Tips for the Savvy Practitioner

The unadvertised feature is that the Pre-Appeal Conference board is assembled by an administrative assistant in the technology center, but the P3 board is assembled by the …
By Russ Krajec
8 months ago 2

Why Exclusive Patent Licenses Can Be More Valuable Than Owning Patents Outright

Patents are a big capital investment for a startup company, but so is an office building. However, no startup company owns their office building outright. Even if …
By Russ Krajec
9 months ago 3

The Quid Pro Quo – How Bad Patents Can Harm A Startup Company

There are many examples of patents that had virtually no value because the claims were undetectable, unenforceable, or ridiculously narrow. In the process of getting a worthless …
By Russ Krajec
10 months ago 12

Is This Patent Any Good? How to Tell a Good Patent From a Bad One

Many inventors boast that they did not understand their patent application because their attorney used "legalese." Some even joke that it was so dense that they did …
By Russ Krajec
10 months ago 7

The Attorney-Client Relationship Can Be Harmful to a Startup if Not Managed Correctly

Inside the business of patent law, small inventors are known as ''walking malpractice suits.'' Patent attorneys are taught to never give business advice. Instead, they merely …
By Russ Krajec
10 months ago 2

How Patents Can Have a Multiplying Effect on a Startup Company

The best patents are those that multiply an investment and actually generate money on their own... Standards essential patents are the holy grail of patents in today’…
By Russ Krajec
11 months ago 1

Due Diligence on Startups: Patent Assignments and Inventorship Issues

Assignments are the mechanism to transfer title of a patent, just like deeds are used to transfer real estate... For due diligence, the owners of the patents …
By Russ Krajec
11 months ago 1

The First Patent: A Roadmap for a Startup’s Patent Portfolio

The first patent is typically filed prior to entering the market. This prophetic patent might have several different ways a product may be designed and capture a …
By Russ Krajec
11 months ago 3

Patent Financing: How startups can obtain funding for their patent applications

BlueIron’s non-dilutive financing for startups pays all of the patent costs, including filing fees and attorney’s fees, using a conventional commercial “lease-back” arrangement. This model …
By Russ Krajec
12 months ago 3