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YASH GAUTAM
Startup team
Asked a question 9 months ago

What Is the Company’s Intellectual Property?

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intellectual property will be a key to success. Investors will pay particular attention to your answers to these questions:

  • What key intellectual property does the company have (patents, patents pending, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, domain names)?
  • What comfort is there that the company’s intellectual property does not violate the rights of a third party?
  • How was the company’s intellectual property developed?
  • Would any prior employers of a team member have a potential claim to the company’s intellectual property?
  • Is the intellectual property properly owned by the company, and have all employees and consultants assigned the intellectual property over to the company?
  • If the intellectual property was developed at a university or through government grants or with open source technology, how does the company have the right to use the technology?