intellectual property

  • Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services Crunch Network

    Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

    Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with designs that are creative, original and/or functional. While we wait for the law to catch up to the technologies underlying 3D printing services, it makes sense to consider where the biggest IP… Read More

  • To IP or not to IP, that is the question Crunch Network

    To IP or not to IP, that is the question

    The rise and fall of Pokémon GO begs us to ask many questions regarding how to launch a game to position it for success. One specific question it raises is whether branded intellectual property is something game makers should consider prior to launch. Branded IP is one of the most time-tested ways to launch games that go on to become immensely popular. Read More

  • Intellectual property strategies for startups Crunch Network

    Intellectual property strategies for startups

    Intellectual property protection is an important consideration for most startups. Obtaining intellectual property protection, such as patents, can minimize competition and act as a defensive mechanism against infringement claims from others. Intellectual property also can attract or solidify funding and partnerships. Read More

  • Companies expect IP theft to rise in the next year, according to a new survey from Deloitte

    Companies expect IP theft to rise in the next year, according to a new survey from Deloitte

    Intellectual property theft may not be discussed as much as data breaches that see customers’ credit card and other personally identifiable information stolen by hackers. But online theft of IP is a growing concern in tech, according to a new survey by Deloitte, Cyberattackers and Your Intellectual Property. That concern is even higher within the automotive industry, where 64% think it… Read More

  • Legislating noncompetes Crunch Network

    Legislating noncompetes

    The battle over noncompetes is a modern-day rendition of an age-old trope: the big corporation versus the little employee; Goliath versus David. The only difference? In the fable, Goliath was brutish and slow, and everyone knew he was the bad guy. Today, Goliath is smart and backed by an All-Star team of lobbyists, and he’s doing his best to convince us it’s David we should be… Read More

  • Why startups need a defensive IP strategy Crunch Network

    Why startups need a defensive IP strategy

    One of the things I really love about working with startup founders is that they are by nature an optimistic crowd: They set out to build amazing things, change the world and fundamentally shift the way people view things. What they often don’t realize, though, is that in the midst of brutal competition, the path to scale and success is often lined with unexpected co-travelers and events. Read More

  • A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy Crunch Network

    A prescription for preventing 3D printing piracy

    In the year 2000, the music business was still strong. Record companies produced albums and shipped these physical objects to the stores that sold them. The internet was slowly becoming a system of mass consumption and distribution, but the majority of consumers still purchased physical media. And while the record industry was aware of piracy online, the threat seemed minimal. Then came Napster. Read More

  • Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    Blockai uses the blockchain to help artists protect their intellectual property

    While most of the discussions around blockchain have focused on its possible uses in finance, startup Blockai is looking at something different — helping artists, photographers and other creators register their work so that they can protect it from potential copyright infringement. CEO Nathan Lands is pitching this as an intermediate step between registering your work with the Library… Read More

  • What Are My Patents Worth? Crunch Network

    What Are My Patents Worth?

    We enter 2016 with some mixed signals regarding the value of patents for technology companies. Many are preaching a death of patent rights and are questioning whether to invest in patents. Will patents continue to be a worthwhile corporate investment? Is the recent trend a bubble of devaluation that will pop? We’ve identified some IP (intellectual property) trends that are important… Read More