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IP for Start Ups

BananaIP Counsels > IP for Start Ups (Page 3)

IP a Key Part of PM Modi’s Pitch for Start-ups to Make in India and Stay in India

  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his team on a whirlwind promotional tour in the US are drumming up interest in what India can offer to start-ups.  It is no longer a secret that the Indian start-up scene is hot as evidenced by the throngs of venture capitalists vying for a piece of the next Flipkart or Ola.  There isn’t a limitation of people in India with ideas and the talent to build successful start-ups, however there are serious concerns about the difficulties of doing business here.  Part of Prime Minister Modi’s mission in undertaking this trip to the US is to...

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NSRCEL'S IP For Start-ups at IIMB a Grand Success

Featured Image is of the IIMB, as the post is about an NSRCEL organised panel discussion on intellectual property for start-ups in the IIMB auditorium on 5th September. To read the post click here.

The program organized by NSRCEL, IIMB's  entrepreneurship cell on 5th September, 2015, was a great success. More than five hundred aspiring entrepreneurs registered for the event, and close to two hundred were on campus. Many others joined the event online and viewed the webcast. Proceedings The event started with an introduction to the start-ups series of NSRCEL, and their role in promoting entrepreneurship. Once the preliminaries, by Mr Keshav were out of the way, Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala gave his keynote address. (Image: Dr. Kalyan, Managing Partner BananaIP Counsels, giving the keynote address) Broadly, Dr. Kalyan C. Kankanala spoke about the value of IP...

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IP, Patents for Start-ups and Entrepreneurs XII-IP Licensing

You have cultivated an IP portfolio for your start up with trademarks, copyrights, patents, know-how, trade secret and designs, what now?  These assets of your organization can be retained through their life and can be used tactically to keep competitors at bay.  However, there are instances where your IP rights could be shared with others in return for compensation.  This is referred known as IP licensing, where if you do an outright sale of the IP asset it is considered an assignment or complete transfer. IP licensing is preferred by many IP owners as there are several advantages over an outright...

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Importance of IP For Start-ups and Entrepreneurs (Part XI): IP Valuation for Start-ups

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  Starting up can be exhilarating, rewarding, and exhausting.  With your focus being on product development, managing investments, building key partnerships, and attracting the right employees, your intellectual property and its role can sometimes be relegated to the backburner.   Intangible assets such as Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Patents are playing an increasingly central role in start-ups and their transactions.  The creation of intellectual property, it’s licensing and commercialization is the new reality.  As a part of any valuation by a prospective investor or acquirer of your start-up, an IP due diligence is the starting point.  Based on this reality, it...

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Importance of IP For Start-ups and Entrepreneurs (Part X): Checklist for Start-ups

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  These are some basic questions VCs and Investors ask before investing in a start-up. What is the value of Intellectual Property (IP) for the start-up’s business, revenues and competitive advantage in the market? Is the start up IP driven? How strong is the start-up’s IP portfolio when compared with its competitors? Is the IP ownership clear, and are all link documents in place? Will the IP Portfolio help in retaining revenues, and opening new revenue opportunities? Is the start-up’s IP licensable and sellable? What is the financial value of the start-up’s IP portfolio? Has the start-up protected all forms of IP such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, etc? Does...

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Importance of IP For Start-ups and Entrepreneurs(Part IX): IP Risk Clearance Checklist

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Clearing IP Risks is very important before starting a business. A mistake with respect to this can kill a start-up. Some basic IP clearance steps to be taken by all start-ups and entrepreneurs are: Patent Risk Clearance Check if your business idea is the subject of any IP/Patent protection by another person or entity. Perform a patent search to check if any patents cover any aspect of your business. If your business or technology falls within the scope of any patent, perform a risk analysis. Look for strategies to design around, and if no such strategies exist, acquire a license or drop...

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IP for Start-ups: An NSRCEL-IIMB event

Featured Image is of the IIMB, as the post is about an NSRCEL organised panel discussion on intellectual property for start-ups in the IIMB auditorium on 5th September. To read the post click here.

On the 5th of September, 2015, NSRCEL has organised a panel discussion titled ‘IP for Startups’, to help start ups and entrepreneurs understand the Dos and Don’ts of IP management and its importance in the context of business. NSRCEL or the Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning, considered to be a hotbed for promising entrepreneurial talent, was founded in 2002, at the renowned Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). The centre was founded with the objective to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to hone their skills and covert their raw talent into successful business ventures. Besides this, a dearth of...

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Importance of IP For Start-ups and Entrepreneurs (Part VII): Raising Funds from VCs and Investors in India

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The post below has been  previously published on 9th December, 2014. Besides minor dated references, the post gives a basic understanding of how start-ups can raise funds and get investments from venture capitals and other investors, through their intellectual assets.

Funding activities during the last quarter, especially when it comes to start ups, was great! Apart from the US$ 1 Billion Fundraising by Flipkart, India saw several start ups being funded at various levels. A Report indicates 93 deals and a total funding of INR 97,738 Million. With the Flipkart deal, e-commerce businesses lead the pack in percentage of start ups funded based on sector.

With respect to start up activities in the country, a 2014 NASSCOM Report rated India as the fastest growing start up ecosystem and the third largest in the world. This report estimates that India has around 3,100 start ups, and that 800 of them are being set up every year. By 2020, it estimates that India’s start up size will be around 11, 500.

Importance of IP For Start-ups and Entrepreneurs (Part VI): IP Risks

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  More often than not, start-ups focus on protecting their intellectual property, but ignore risks from intellectual property of third parties. IP of third parties may kill a business if appropriate risk clearance measures are not taken at the right time. While protecting IP is very important for start-ups and entrepreneurs, avoiding or mitigating risks from IP of third parties is even more important.   A start-up company must take necessary steps to avoid the risk of infringing IP of third parties. Avoiding or mitigating risks is some times more important than protecting a start-up company’s intellectual assets because one instance of infringement...

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