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Is the Ethical NDA too harsh?

BlueIron has been using the Ethical NDA from the Ethical Collaboration Association for all new engagements.  The Ethical NDA is available here. TL;DR: The Ethical NDA is perfect for the intense, collaborative environment of trust and innovation that we have with our clients. The Ethical NDA changes the rules of engagement with clients.  Rather than…

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Double the Value of Your Patents – All You Need is the Right NDA

The right IP agreements play a huge role in how valuable your patents will be over time. One of the dirty secrets of coworking spaces, startup accelerators, incubators, and other collaborative environments is that the mere act of collaborating can devalue your intellectual property. The typical scenario is when two coworkers from different companies collaborate…

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Why is Showing Up so Hard?

I dedicate a lot of my time to help entrepreneurs. I am always happy to meet them face to face for coffee or lunch – and I am pleased to spend time on the phone as well. For example, you can schedule a time to talk with me – for free – at this webpage.

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Loans for Your Patents

Yes, you can borrow against your patents. BlueIron can provide loans of $2-60M using only your patents as collateral. Your company is based on your creative ideas, which you have protected with your patents. But if those patents have value, can I loan against them? Yes, you can! BlueIron has an insurance product – similar…

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Investment Grade Patents Do Not Have “Broad Claims”

Broad patents can hurt you. Inventors like to think that their patents are “broad” and somehow that is good.  It is not. The risks with broad patents are that they are more easily invalidated, but it is also a sales pitch that patent attorneys use to make more money. Narrow patents are bad, too. Narrow…

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Patent Attorney Scams

Patent attorneys are in a unique position to run scams on their clients. Be forewarned: virtually every one of these scams can be legitimate, rational, and reasonable courses of action for a client. However, because of the imbalance between the attorneys and their clients, it is really easy for these ideas to be turned into…

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Financing Patents Is Actually CHEAPER Than Paying a Patent Attorney

Financing patents through BlueIron is actually cheaper than paying as you go with a conventional patent attorney. This is because the cost of capital for startup companies is so high. Pepperdine’s business school publishes the annual Private Capital Markets Report, which shows that the average cost of capital for Angel or VC funded companies in…

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Should I Get A Patent Before Talking To Customers?

No. As an investor in patents, I am willing to wait for the Second Patent. BTW, if you need to tell someone your invention when you are doing customer discovery, you are doing it wrong. In my business of financing patents for startup companies, I am usually willing to pass on the First Patent for…

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Should I File A Provisional Patent Application?

You should NEVER file a provisional patent application. EVER. In EVERY case, a small company or independent inventor is better off by filing a complete, well-written, non-provisional patent application. One of the biggest hoaxes in the patent community is that provisional patent applications are a good thing. They are not. Here’s why: A Provisional Patent…

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How Much Does A Patent Cost?

How much does a patent cost?  The US average is about $12k, but the total cost of a patent is closer to $60k. Have you been quoted much less? There are plenty of patent attorneys who quote much, much less than $12,000 to draft a patent application. But beware. One of the standard practices is…

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