Intellectual Property

GREAT New Blog – IP Law for Startups

Today, I learned that former classmate of mine at the University of Michigan has started a blog for startups dealing with intellectual property issues. Jill Bowman is a great person and her blog is not only informative, but is also written in her voice, not legalese.  (Her husband says it’s too “girly” but I totally…

How Did We Get Our Idea For Our Startup?

Q:  We just started looking for venture funding and I have a question. Why do VC’s ask us how our idea came about? Are they looking for an emotional and inspiring story or are they worried that we may have taken our idea from someone else or, what I believe is the case, do they…

Should I Protect My IP Before I Try To Build My Product?

Q: I’ve got a software startup that has a novel approach to solving a market problem. However, the solution stems from the nature of the process, not from the code per se. In terms of trying to finance the venture, would this necessitate getting enough funding to be first to market and just try to…

Should Startups Invest In Patents?

One of the issues that we debate internally is regarding the value of patents.  We’ve written a lot about the subject over the years and those of you who are regular readers know that Brad hates all software patents, and I’m fairly close to that line as well.  Last night, our friend Rob Shurtleff sent…

All That You Wanted to Know About GPLv3 and Open Source Issues

Jason Haislmaier of HRO and I have gotten to know each other over the past few months due to the Boulder OpenCoffee Club.  He’s a smart guy and spends a ton of time with open source issues. He’s started a blog called Thinking Open.  I’d encourage every developer who is using open source in their…

Open Source Discussion

We get a lot of questions about open source software.  Today at our Boulder OpenCoffee Club meeting, we had a presentation by Doug Young regarding his thoughts on open source issues that developers face.  It was a great discussion.  (Unfortunately) every developer needs to keep their open source “house” in order and to that affect,…

Microsoft – The New Destructor of Innovation?

If you read our blog from time to time, you’ll know that Brad and I dislike the U.S. patent system with a particular distate for software patents.  Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court issued a couple of rulings that seemed to be nudging the system in the right direction. Today, Brad sent me an article regarding…

Supreme Court Issues Two Important Patent Decisions

Clearly, the Supreme Court read my patent rant.  Okay, maybe not, but I’d like to claim that they did.  As many of you know, I have a real issue with the entire patent litigation system.  As many of you also know, Brad and I are huge proponents of invalidating software patents, in general.  We feel…

Patent Rant

A few of you asked what I would say if I were to rant about the current state of affairs of patent law in the United States.  The patent litigation systems is screwed up beyond belief.  Thank your local congressman (probably a former plaintiff attorney) and the state of Texas.  Here are some sobering statistics. – Most…

Should Entrepreneurs Avoid Examining Patents? – The Sequel

The best thing about having a blog is writing about a topic and then watching the email comments and questions flow in. I especially love the comments that disagree with what I write, as I usually learn more than I expound. My post yesterday regarding whether or not entrepreneurs should review patents in broadening their…