Welcome to SL #12! Properly protecting your intellectual property is one of the top priorities of just about every startup. Joining us for a lively discussion about the basics of intellectual property law is Larry Villanueva of Gardner Groff Santos & Greenwald, a boutique Atlanta law firm that focuses only on intellectual property (IP).
As an added bonus, we throw a few entrepreneurs under the bus, and we get ready for our first StartupLounge.com Capital Connections event tonight, where nearly 200 Atlanta area entrepreneurs and investors are gathering to share ideas and connections.
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The StartupLounge learning bell was ringing early and often in this show! We explore the basics of not only patents but patentability (what can actually be patented?) What is the process for filing a patent in the U.S.? How do you find a good patent attorney, and when do you need one? What are the biggest mistakes that people make in the patent process? What about patent infringement? How can you manage the costs of protecting your intellectual property? What about international protection? What about trademarks and copyrights?
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Links referenced within this episode:
- U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
- The Pavillion at Dunwoody
- Adams Capital
- National Personnel Services
- SON Capital
- Technology Association of Georgia
Podsafe music used within this episode:
- Sundial by Bill Derome
Morris Phillip by Unknown
- All the Money in the World by Hutch
Tune in and find out!
Our format is a little out of the norm as far as podcasts go. We treat our efforts as a true “show” rather than a super-concise (limited) vehicle for delivery of information. Therefore, the podcasts can run a bit long (actually, it is largely driven by the guests and their responses.) While we try to have very substantive discussions, we also try to have a lot of fun along the way (and that tends to elongate the programming a wee bit.) Our theory is that if we are having fun during the show, hopefully, you will be having a little fun listening as well.
Here is the breakdown for the show, in case you want to hop around.
|Intro||00:00 to 01:36|
|Smalltalk and introductions:||01:36 to 05:19|
|Under the Bus||08:00 to 11:14|
|Announcements/Mailbag:||11:14 to 14:43|
|Commercial/Comedy Break:||14:43 to 16:54|
|Main Discussion Topic||16:54 to 70:41|
|Commercial/Comedy Break:||70:41 to 71:39|
|Analysis/Wrap-up:||71:39 to 74:40|
A special thanks to Larry for coming in and hanging out with us!
We’ll be back soon with Jason Caplain of Southern Capitol Ventures, where we’ll chat about what it takes to start up a new venture fund, current venture trends, the market here in Atlanta/Southeast, tonight’s first Capital Connections event and of course, Jason’s open pitch sessions for entrepreneurs.
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