IP has never been more important to the evolution of our increasingly knowledge-based economy. Headlines have highlighted record patent infringement settlements, multibillion dollar auctions of large corporate patent portfolios, and ongoing patent battles between key technology industry players.
However, technology startups are understandably more focused on the costs of obtaining a patent rather than their future value. Some software startups question whether patents are relevant or needed for their business.
Our panel examines the costs and benefits of patents and other IP from the perspective of early-stage technology startups and growing businesses, and will provide some general guidance on building a patent portfolio that appropriately supports business objectives.
5:30 – 6:00pm – Registration & networking (light refreshments served)
6:00 – 7:30pm – Welcome & panel discussion
7:30 – 8:30pm – Beer, wine & networking