CEI Gateway hosted the first 2014 meeting of the Law and Technology Committee for the AZ Tech Council this past Thursday, February 13th; the discussion focused on the need to be proactive in your intellectual property strategy by providing five tips to help you protect your company’s intangible assets and remain competitive. Katharina (Katie) Martinka, an attorney with 20 years of litigation and transactional experience in Intellectual Property and Business law, provided real life examples along with her five tips to prove how a little pre-planning can provide the basis for a stronger business plan.
Dan Tyre is a tireless member of our Advisory Board, and always willing to give 30 minutes of his valuable time when our CEO or COO need some guiding advice. We met Dan late one Friday afternoon in our offices last year – luckily we were still hard at work! Who knew that Hubspot Employee #6 was walking the halls and would be willing to sit on our Advisory Board?
So many connections and leads are tied back to Dan’s introductions or ideas, and his support always seems to come at the right moment. Mary met with Dan recently in Boston, and over dinner, popped these questions on him…to which he was happy to answer!
Sue me once, shame on you; sue me twice, shame on me. After having been found guilty of patent infringement on more than one occasion in the recent past, Samsung has finally realized it needs a change in strategy. After shelling out a billion dollars to Apple and now being sued by Rockstar, an industry consortium, for infringing Nortel patents, Samsung has started to take preemptive measures. In the race for tech domination, it is very easy to step on other people’s toes as a lot of today’s technology is overlapping. Next thing you know, you’re slapped with a patent infringement suit and there goes a cool billion down the drain.
In three days time, two Trakers – our Founder and CEO, Mary Juetten; and our COO Jill Howard Allen – will represent us in San Francisco at the 7th annual LAUNCH Festival 2014. The LAUNCH Festival, founded by serial entrepreneur and journalist Jason Calacanis in 2010, has been described as “the best place to launch your company, raise money, and learn about building great startups. We are proud to sponsor this annual event in which 40 new companies launch on stage in front of more than 8,000 people. Additionally, we are very excited to share that Mary will host a workshop on good practices for safe crowdfunding (we’ll see you on the Main Stage at 1pm!).
Trademarks can have their complications sometimes, particularly in dealing with the problem of infringement by others. In the world of parody, trademark fair use is still a hot button topic that comes up at times as comedians go after popular properties in pop culture. We saw one of the most daring recently with the comedian who went to the trouble to start a Starbucks coffee shop with the word “Dumb” before the iconic title.
What I learned about IP before I started at Traklight?
With over 8,000 attendees, 40 newly launched companies, and 3 days of non-stop action, the LAUNCH Festival in San Fransico has provided lots of networking and learnings. I have not attended a startup event in the Bay Area before and it has been an extremely fun time. You really can feel the energy and passion from the presentors and the attendees. Here are a few of my random observations: