SXSW Eco Startup Central


Startup Central Breakout Sessions presented by Energy Excelerator give startup representatives access to industry experts for direct advice on their careers and businesses. Attendees will have the opportunity to join round tables of fellow attendees for coaching by industry experts in pitching, funding, marketing and more.

Heather Flanagan, Matt Browning, and Ryan McCarthy, of Fish’s Austin office,will address IP pitfalls and hurdles common to startups, and discuss what investors want to see in your patent portfolio. They will field questions related to US and foreign filing and prosecution strategies, patentability, public disclosure, freedom to operate, invalidity, portfolio management, due diligence, the America Invents Act, the Patent Prosecution Highway, nondisclosure agreements, licensing, copyrights, trademarks and any other IP issues that cross your mind.

With a broad range of technical expertise, including chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, controls, and web, mobile, and software technology, this team can also answer your technology-specific Greentech and Cleanweb IP questions.