Join us May 24th from 8am-1pm (lunch included) for this first of its kind, information-packed seminar. Fish & Richardson Principals Dorothy Whelan, John Dragseth, Stephen Schaefer, and President of Business Development Advisors, John Alexander represent the world’s leading technology companies and will lead this critical discussion addressing the legal, business, and financing issues that early stage technology companies face.
7:30 – 8:00
8:00 – 8:45
Why is planning important?
What are common mistakes that start-ups make and what are the consequences?
8:45 – 9:45
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Part I—What, When, and How to Protect It
Choosing the right vehicle (patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright)
Prioritizing your budget
Developing effective protection strategies
Developing effective defensive strategies
Maximizing the value of your IP portfolio
9:45 – 10:45
Protecting Your Intellectual Property Part II—The Agreements
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs)
10:45 – 11:00
11:00 – Noon
Organizing the Company
Choosing the right corporate form
Selecting the Board of Directors
Noon – 1:00
Meet the faculty, ask questions, network with other attendees
To secure your spot please register today by filling out your application.
We are offering a limited number of scholarships to qualified candidates.
Fish & Richardson is the world’s leading technology-focused, intellectual property law firm. For over 100 years, Fish has represented innovators, starting from Alexander Graham Bell at the firm’s founding, to today’s cutting edge technology companies, large and small, including Google, Boston Scientific, and a wide range of early stage companies. We provide counseling and strategic guidance to start-up companies, creating IP portfolio growth that will have value beyond the life of your product. Whether your goal is to enforce your IP against the top producers in your industry or to establish an offensive portfolio that will help drive your company’s growth over many years, we have the bench and expertise to ensure your product is protected. With over 375 attorneys and technology specialists spread across 10 offices in the US and one in Munich, we are recognized by investors and competitors as a leading global firm.
Dorothy Whelan|A Principal in the Twin Cities office and co-chair of its Reexamination Group, her practice emphasizes patent reexamination, client counseling, strategic patent portfolio design and management, due diligence investigations, and freedom-to-operate studies, particularly in the chemical and materials science areas. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. She regularly is recognized as a Super Lawyer and one of the Best IP Lawyers in America, and in 2010 received the Women in Business/Industry Leader award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
John Dragseth|A principal in the Twin Cities office, he has been named a Minnesota SuperLawyer for multiple years, and was named one of the top 50 intellectual property attorneys in the U.S. under 45. He concentrates his practice on patent law, and has prosecuted or supervised the preparation of hundreds of patent applications relating to software (including mobile devices and cloud computing) and medical devices (including cardiac, ultrasonic, and surgical devices). The other part of his practice involves patent appeals, and he has led the briefing in over 40 appeals to the Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He represents clients from small start-ups to Fortune 100 technology companies. John is an adjunct professor teaching IP Litigation at the University of St. Thomas Law School, and has authored a textbook on IP litigation and co-authored a textbook on patent law, which was used at Harvard Law School, Penn. Law School, Suffolk Law School, and Peking University.
Stephen Schaefer|A principal in the Twin Cities office, his practice is focused in medical device and electronics industries, where he puts his electrical engineering, wireless communications, software and physiology background to work for a variety of large and small technology clients and the venture funding community.
John Alexander|With over 25 years of experience starting & building technology businesses, he currently serves as President of Business Development Advisors, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in advising emerging technology companies. His team of seven has supported 48 start-up companies through coaching first time CEOs and Boards, strategic consulting, project and acting management roles, mergers, acquisitions, and alliances, and assisting clients raise over $101 million. He is founder and Chairman of Twin Cities Angels, and has led the business efforts and supported legislative leaders from both parties resulting in the successful enactment of an Angel Investor Tax Credit in Minnesota in April 2010.