How to Protect Your Intellectual Property & File a Provisional Patent

Date and time: Monday, August 31, 2020 at 12:00pm

Provisional Patent Filing Considerations Intellectual property is becoming increasingly important when it comes to business valuation

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Provisional Patent Filing Considerations

Intellectual property is becoming increasingly important when it comes to business valuation as well as success – especially for tech companies. A well-developed patent portfolio (along with an intellectual property portfolio, generally) conveys a high degree of technical and commercial sophistication to potential investors, customers, competitors, and licensees. It also proves that you value investment in research and development and are prepared to take appropriate steps to protect those investments. To keep all of your patent options open (particularly, outside of the U.S.), you must file a patent application before any public disclosure or commercialization of your invention takes place. The simplest first step is oftentimes filing a provisional application, which could potentially be done yourself – assuming it’s done right!

This presentation will focus on explaining patentability, what should be put into a provisional application, and what other information is needed to ensure you properly protect your IP. If time permits, we will also touch on trademarks – namely, types of trademarks, strength of trademarks, how to perform a clearance search, create a description of goods/services, and how to file a federal trademark application.

Justin Sanders

Justin Sanders is a registered patent attorney and Vice President of Entralta, where he primarily oversees the High Tech and Mechanical Device practice group and assists clients (primarily startups) with all aspects of identifying, procuring, policing, enforcing, and monetizing their intellectual property in both the U.S. and abroad – all at competitive flat fee rates. Justin graduated from California State University, Long Beach, earning a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Human Resources Management. He went on to attend Whittier Law School, as a Fellow in the Center for Intellectual Property Law, where he received his J.D. with magna cum laude honors along with a Certificate in Intellectual Property Law.

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