Intellectual Property

IP Owners Beware

Authors: StartupPercolator

It is important for founders and IP owners to be wary of the practice derogatorily referred to as “patent trolling.” This practice occurs when a company that has a patent right, either through development or acquisition, enforces those rights against other businesses in an opportunistic manner and typically without any intention to practice, manufacture or market the patented invention. Take precautions against getting tied up in IP litigation by making IP protection a foremost consideration when forming a company. Litigation can be very time consuming, extremely expensive and can greatly inhibit an investor’s willingness to get involved in your endeavor.

“Seasons” of VC Fundraising

A common misconception in the startup world is that venture capital (VC) fundraising grinds to a halt during the summer months. However, data from Carta Market Research challenges this notion, revealing that fundraising activities persist year-round, including during the traditionally “slow” summer period.