IP Strategy for Startups
How to Maximize the Value of Your Patent Portfolio
New patent laws in the US under the “First to File” regime, recent Supreme Court decisions, as well as the increased risk of patent litigation, make it absolutely critical for a startup to have a well-executed roadmap for building its IP portfolio. Using case studies and real life examples, the speakers will address the elements of a successful IP strategy that every startup should consider in order to:
- Create the right balance of offensive and defensive goals
- Position the company to gain market share
- Manage the risk of litigation
- Enhance valuation and positioning for funding
- Increase the likelihood of a successful exit
As Foresight’s President, Efrat is in charge of the firm’s business development, thought leadership and professional services activities. She brings over 20 years of diversified experience as an IP valuation and strategy expert, having assisted companies of all sizes and across a range of industries with valuing, commercializing and monetizing their innovation. Efrat is a Lecturer on IP management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, is listed on the IAM 300 list of Leading IP Strategists, and is a member of the LES High Tech Sector leadership committee.
Prior to Foresight, Efrat was a practice leader at two consulting firms, where she ran the IP Valuation and Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) practices. Efrat has also been a co-founder, CFO and adviser of several startups in Silicon Valley and in Europe. She holds an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a BA in Accounting & Economics from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. In the early mornings you will often find her hiking the Stanford Dish, where she finds inspiration for great ideas.
Jason Kipnis is a partner who focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters and advises clients on IP portfolio management, litigation, enforcement and dispute counseling, and audits and due diligence. His experience includes trade secret protection and management, standards counseling, open source matters, international rights management and identification and acquisition of intellectual property of third parties.
Mr. Kipnis has advised clients at various stages of development in a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture and system design, software, semiconductor design and fabrication, optics, networking and telecommunications, biotechnology and medical devices.
Mr. Kipnis joins WilmerHale from Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP where he was a partner and managed the office’s IP Counseling practice. Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Kipnis worked as a consultant for Oracle Corporation, where he designed and implemented database applications.