Intellectual Property: A Primer for Technology Entrepreneurs
Description: Intellectual property-which includes patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets-plays a vital role in the growth and success of technology startup companies. This workshop will provide an introduction to each of these four categories of intellectual property (IP), with specific emphasis on their application in technology startups.
Topics covered will include:
1) strategies for developing a high-value patent portfolio
2) the impact of the new "first-to-file" U.S. patent system on startup companies, and
3) the opportunities and pitfalls of open source software. The workshop is designed for an audience with a broad set of business backgrounds, including those with little or no previous exposure to managing IP.
John Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering and public policy at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington. He is also vice chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Intellectual Property System, and has worked in early-stage technology venture capital since the 1990s. He has written on IP issues for Fast Company, Forbes, the Brookings Institution, and in the legal press.