Posts Tagged ‘Tech Startups’
Why Startup Patents Are Doomed From The Start
Patents for small companies are fundamentally different from patents for large companies. The decisions made – and skills needed – to develop the two are very different. There are several problems facing a startup company when getting patents. The biggest problem: the skillset needed for a startup’s patents is not practiced in the conventional law…Read More
BlueIron is Changing the Legal Industry
BlueIron was formed in response to a weakness in the way patents are prepared. My personal experience was that I needed a patent attorney’s advice and experience – and I paid for it – but he had continually refused to give it to me. It wasn’t until after I took the patent bar and began…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Loans for Your Patents
Yes, you can borrow against your patents. BlueIron can provide loans of $2 to 50M or more 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…Read More
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…Read More
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. (You can learn more at…Read More
Patent Enforcement Insurance Makes Your Company Valuable
Why should I get a patent? I don’t have enough money to enforce it. Many startup companies don’t bother with patents because they don’t think they can enforce them. And they are right. A patent lawsuit can be very expensive, and the game of enforcement is really a big game of chicken: both sides are…Read More
An NDA That Encourages Collaboration
BlueIron is now using the Ethical NDA in all our new engagements. The Ethical NDA is available from the Ethical Collaboration Assocation, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The conventional NDA ensures that one party to the agreement must keep the other party’s secrets. In a mutual NDA, both parties agree to the same terms. The conventional NDA…Read More
Rethinking the Lowly NDA
BlueIron is now using the Ethical NDA from Ethical Collaboration Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The Non Disclosure Agreement is one of the basic agreements that every entrepreneur uses. For newbies, the NDA is a revered document that “protects” an idea from being stolen. For older, crusty entrepreneurs, the NDA is a pointless waste of time…Read More