Posts Tagged: venture capital


IP Lessons Learned from WeWork: A Unicorn in Pursuit of Technology

In an article we published on this blog in November 2015, we documented the findings of a study of Unicorns (startups with valuations of over $1 billion) and their …
By Efrat Kasznik
11 days ago 11

A Step Forward for the STRONGER Patents Act

The bipartisan STRONGER Patents Act of 2019 took an important step forward last week, as the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property held a hearing on the proposed …
By Brian Pomper
2 months ago 18

Patent Encumbrances Can Reduce Market Value up to 100 Percent

Patent broker Brad Close notes that encumbrances can have the effect of reducing a patent’s value by up to 100 percent, practically rendering a patent valueless on …

Joint Economic Committee Holds Hearing on Innovation Economy, Barriers to Accessing Capital

One panel witness, Rachel King, CEO of the Rockville, MD-based biotech firm GlycoMimetics, said that she was greatly concerned by the effects of the IPR process and …
By Steve Brachmann
1 year ago 1

Invention and Patents: Phyllis Schlafly’s Legacy

In addition to these other areas of policy interest, however, Phyllis Schlafly had a strong and enduring interest in issues relating to invention, patents and other forms …
By Charles Schott
2 years ago 1

A Practical Guide to Startup Funding

What if your startup is a university startup based on university developed and patented technology? The goal is not only to create a domestic corporation, but also …
By Irwin Stein & Gene Quinn
2 years ago 5

Open Letter Exaggerates the Benefits of Recent Patent Reforms

HTIA’s letter argues that venture capital funding and startup activity have grown in recent years, further proof of their view that the federal government has properly …
By Steve Brachmann
2 years ago 3

Turning Your Patent into a Business: A Practical Guide to Equity Crowdfunding

Once your patent has been awarded you may still need additional capital to turn that patent into a business. Fortunately it is not as difficult to find …
By Irwin Stein & Adoram Shemesh
2 years ago 2

How the U.S. Can Inspire the Next Generation of Innovators

An unfounded belief persists that entrepreneurs are the primary innovators. However, in a study of the top 30 innovations of the last 30 years up through 2009, as judged by …
By Derek Handova
2 years ago 2

How Can More Lawyers Become Tech Company CEOs?

Most CEOs won’t make a move without first consulting their general counsel or other legal adviser. But the general counsel seldom rises to the CEO spot. …
By Derek Handova
3 years ago 3

How the U.S. is Killing Innovation and why it Matters for Entrepreneurs

The engine that made America a greatest economic power was a patent system that led to tremendous innovation by incentivizing entrepreneurial …
By Paul Morinville
4 years ago 23

What ‘The Economist’ Doesn’t Get About Patents

In what can only be characterized as a bizarre, rambling, and intellectually dishonest article, 'The Economist' has inexplicably taken the position that patents are not necessary for …
By Gene Quinn
4 years ago 35

What if we don’t have sufficient intellectual property rights?

Fundamentally, patents facilitate access to VC financing, market entry and job creation. Without patents and an effective IP environment, the process stalls and, in some cases, firms …

Patent Strategy: Laying the Foundation for Business Success

It is also critical for inventors and entrepreneurs to have a strategy to succeed, which seems simple enough, but is typically anything but simple for the creative …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 7

Failing Your Way to Success

Consider, for example, the old axiom that entrepreneurs must be unwaveringly fixated on a single goal. Most startups are built around a single product or service that …
By Edward Balassanian
8 years ago 5