Nov 11, 2019
Intellectual property (IP) is expensive, and all IP-related decisions must be considered within the context of the business and should facilitate the long-term success of the company. That’s why it’s particularly important for emerging and high growth (EHG) companies to start thinking about their IP strategies as soon as possible, before it’s too late and becomes even more costly. Putting the right IP risk management strategies in place from the onset will drastically reduce cost and increase awareness, paying dividends down the line.
Building a proper IP strategy involves understanding the main types of IP; the types of IP that are involved in your business; the differences between offensive risk and defensive risk; and assessing whether to protect your IP or not. This presentation by Nathaniel Lipkus, a partner in Osler’s Intellectual Property Group, and Sydney Young, an associate in Osler’s Intellectual Property Group, explains what you should consider when developing your IP strategies so you can tailor them to your company’s goals. Available in both webinar and PowerPoint format, the goal of this presentation is to help you understand the types of IP existing in your business and how to think about IP on your own terms. It includes details on the following topics:
- What the most common types of IP protection are
- The possible types of IP in software
- The definition of a patent and what subject matter can be patented
- Patent filing strategies
- IP risk management strategies including offensive risk vs. defensive risk
- Ensuring you have Freedom to Operate
- When you should take stock of your IP risk
- Proving that you own your IP
Slides: IP 101 for emerging and high growth companies
This presentation is part of Osler’s Emerging and High Growth Companies 101 series, designed to help emerging ventures navigate through the various issues and legal requirements they will encounter throughout their growth cycle.