The ties that bind . . . and might never let go

  Many startups begin their life as an idea in the head of a graduate student, post-doc or professor (or some combination thereof).  These folks are typically carrying out their day jobs at a university and it is not surprising that many ideas are spawned from [...]

2021-04-15T14:25:07+00:00March 27th, 2018|Blog, Groundworks|

In crafting your IP strategy, don’t be your own worst enemy

Filing a patent application is often an early goal for a start-up.  But when is the right time to file?  Adapted from the words of author Daniel Pink[1], timing is everything and everything is timing. Having a patent application on file can protect your inventions, [...]

2021-04-15T14:22:02+00:00March 5th, 2018|Blog, Groundworks|

It meant what it said and it said what it meant, or did it?  Interpreting patent claims.

“I meant what I said and I said what I meant. An elephant's faithful one-hundred percent!”   ― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hatches the Egg With elephants, at least according to Dr. Seuss, it’s all relatively straight forward.   But when it comes to patent claims, do they [...]

2021-04-15T14:17:52+00:00February 12th, 2018|Blog, Groundworks|

Your Lawyer – Your Problem Solver

  I read a tweet the other day advising start-ups about seeking a lawyer’s advice.  It was phrased as “unfortunately necessary.”  That gave me pause.  I like the “necessary” part, but the “unfortunately”, really?  That’s not how I think of myself or my profession generally. [...]

2021-04-15T14:14:52+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Blog, Groundworks|