Everything a Startup Needs to Know About IP

January 23, 2024 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET | CIC, Cambridge, MA Register Now!

Speaker Slides

Everything a Startup Needs to Know About IP

Jeffrey J. Barclay, Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C. and Peter Fasse, Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C.

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Attendees will have the option to join us in-person at CIC, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142 or online via Zoom.

Entrepreneurs know they should protect their intellectual property (IP) to appeal to prospective investors, partners, customers, and employees. This panel of IP professionals will discuss trademarks, patents, and trade secrets with a focus on how startups often go wrong and how to avoid major IP pitfalls while protecting IP assets, valuation, and credibility. There are many pitfalls for the unwary in the field of intellectual property that most entrepreneurs are unaware of as they start their entrepreneurial journey.

Even if you think you know what you need to about intellectual property, it is always helpful to hear how IP professionals answer questions such as: Is trademark searching an expensive minefield when done wrong or at the wrong time? When should inventors search for prior art if at all? Are trade secrets at risk if employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, and supplier and customer contracts are not carefully constructed? What is the best use of non-disclosure agreements and of non-compete agreements and of non-solicitation agreements? When should a startup have inventors assign their IP to the company?

This meeting’s presentations and discussion will cover the importance of IP to various people and aspects of startup companies, including, founders, investors, inventors, engineering, product development, and marketing. Especially, this meeting will cover the types of errors related to IP that startup companies make and how to avoid them.

A question-and-answer session will follow the panel discussion, and the panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions.

(All times are USA Eastern time, webinars will not be recorded, except that ENET members can review a recording of this webinar after the meeting.)

More information:
This is a hybrid event. You may choose to participate in-person or online.

In-person Participation (check-in begins at 6:00 PM):
LOCATION: CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
PARKING: Nearby parking is available.
REFRESHMENTS: Pizza will be served.

Online Participation:
Zoom links will be sent to all registrants after registration.

COST AND RESERVATIONS: This event is free for ENET members and $15 for non-members. Click here to learn how to become a member. To expedite sign-in for the event, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register in person at the door while seats are available.

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Event Schedule

January 23, 2024
6:00 pm ET
On-Site Check-in and Networking
7:00 pm ET
ENET Chairperson's announcements
7:10 pm ET
eMinute Pitch
up to 3 startups give a 90-second elevator pitch
7:25 pm ET
Expert Panel
expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:15 pm ET
Q & A
Moderator and Audience Q & A with the speakers
8:30 pm ET
Final Networking, including the night's speakers

Panel Speakers

Barclay Jeffrey

Jeffrey J. Barclay

Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Attorney Jeffrey Barclay provides strategic counseling and helps companies build and monetize their intellectual property portfolios.  Along with U.S. and international patent prosecution, he has extensive experience building global patent portfolios, licensing technologies, and assisting with litigation matters.  Representative clients include Fortune 100 corporations, mid-sized companies, and early-stage and venture-backed companies.

Attorney Jeffrey Barclay works with companies across a broad range of technologies, including software and computer engineering, robotics, artificial intelligence, signal processing, telecommunications, cybersecurity, medical devices, wireless devices and other electromagnetic based systems, imaging devices, acoustics, analog and digital circuitry, consumer products, and financial services.

Fasse Peter

Peter Fasse

Principal, Fish & Richardson P.C.

Attorney Fasse’s practice emphasizes client counseling and patent prosecution in a wide variety of technologies, with an emphasis on healthcare, medical devices, and other biological and medical fields as well as various green technologies. Peter helps clients from startups to multinationals to develop competitive worldwide patent strategies and to establish solid and defensible patent portfolios. He performs competitive patent analyses, identifies third-party patent risks, and provides patentability and freedom to operate opinions. Peter also has experience in opposing and defending patents before the European Patent Office and in U.S. litigation and post-grant proceedings.

Attorney Fasse has experience in various fields including medical therapeutics, diagnostics, devices, and imaging, microfluidic systems, liquid biopsy, nucleic acid sequence analysis systems and software, cell culturing and bioprocessing, molecular biology, complex biomedical systems, optics, machine tools, lasers, vaccines, nanoparticle and vector-based delivery of therapeutics, automated blood analysis systems, tissue engineering, biochips, and wind and solar power.

Moderator & Organizers

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William Mansfield, Esq.

Attorney & Patent Attorney, MANSFIELD LAW ~Protect Your Passion~ Board & co-Chair, Boston ENET

Attorney Mansfield is a patent attorney and is a lawyer in MA & NY; high bar exam scores allowed him to waive into the D.C. Circuit. He won the CALI Award for perfect grades in an IP course, and he has passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam covering all types of engineering. He assists clients with corporate and intellectual property law using trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, licensing, patents, trade secret protection, strategic partnerships, and succession planning. From 2004, he has worked on legal matters & he has counseled entrepreneurs/startups since 2009 thru Mansfield Law. He has worked on patent prosecution, especially business method, business process, electrical, mechanical, telecommunications, and e-commerce patents. He has filed for global IP protection and has a network of foreign IP professionals.

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