Chapter 1 - The Business Case for Patents
- Tradeoffs of patents
- The quid pro quo with the government
- Cost drivers
- Own or rent? Why exclusive licenses are more valuable than owning patents outright.
Chapter 2 - How Startups Use Patents
Building a moat around the business.
Multiplying the investment (where the real value occurs)
- Building patents to get access to competitor's technology.
- Patents to protect open source software.
- Protecting a razor/razor blade business.
- Outbound licensing to other verticals.
- Franchising solutions to others.
- Spinning out technologies.
- Negotiating with suppliers.
Chaper 3 - Managing the Process
Due diligence BEFORE filing.
Focus on quality - then quantity.
Getting patents fast.
Roadmap for a Startup Portfolio.
Quirks of the Attorney/Client Relationship.
- Your first patent is NOT the most important one.
- Where to look for good inventions.
- Build the portfolio in response to business signals.
- The negative effects of the agency and fiduciary duties of the attorney.
- Why your patent attorney cannot give you business advice.
- The attorney sells hours, not business results.
Chapter 4 - Due Diligence on Startups
Assignments and Provenance.
How to identify a "good" patent.
Invention Rating Checklist.
- Design around analysis.
- Alignment with internal business goals.
- Alignment with external business goals.