Top Ten Intellectual Property Mistakes of Startup Entrepreneurs

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Here are the ten mistakes that are discussed:

  1. Failing to use employee invention agreements
  2. Assuming that the company owns contractors? work product
  3. Using another company?s license agreement
  4. Thinking that patents are the only IP that matters
  5. Filing a for provisional patent before the scope of the invention is clear
  6. Treating the federal government like non-governmental infringers
  7. Neglecting to identify and protect trade secrets
  8. Believing that ?open source? means ?no restrictions?
  9. Giving the ?family jewels? to an overseas supplier
  10. Registering the wrong entity as the owner of IP

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