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Startup Governance: IP Challenges from Early Stage Until Exit Through Acquisition or IPO


April 14, 2014 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Room 190

Co-sponsored by the Stanford Rock Center for Corporate Governance and the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology. 

Intellectual property, whether in the form of patents, copyrights, trademarks, or trade secrets, is a key asset in technology start-up companies. Entrepreneurs and their board of directors have to understand IP challenges from the get-go because they often implicate the future viability of the firm. IP litigation can be exceptionally expensive. Building the right patent portfolio can present crucial strategic challenges. Responding to patent trolls raises a host of related issues. Internet copyright and trademark issues can be central to a business strategy.

This session will bring together leading experts on intellectual property strategy to discuss how founders, CEOs and their boards should manage IP issues from early stage formation until exit through acquisition or IPO.

The panel will feature:

Mark Lemley, Stanford Law School; Durie Tangri LLP
David Anderson, RPX Corporation
Neel Chatterjee, Orrick
Evan Epstein, Stanford Law School (Moderator)