High-growth Start Up:

IP Management

Start-Up Company's Intellectual Property (IP) Strategies

Problems and Solutions



"I made the unforgivable mistake of assuming."  ~ Jan Carlzon



IP Guide for SMEs

Modern SMEs

Internet Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship: Barriers and Keys To Success

ICT for SMEs

Internet Power

Customer-focused Website

Social Media Marketing

Small Business Growth Strategies


Guidelines on Technology Management for SMEs

Enterprise survey and technology auditing

Formulation of a Technology Strategy

Technology-driven Business Strategy

Competitive Excellence

Why is IP Relevant to Your SME?

IP for Competitiveness and Development

Why is IP Critical to Marketing of Your Products?

How Can IP Enhance the Market Value of Your SME?

How Can IP Enhance Export Opportunities?

Case Studies

Business Financing

Using IP Assets to Finance Your Business

IP Management

Primer on IPR

Start-Up Company's IP Strategies

Managing Intellectual Assets of Your SME

Auditing Your IP

Developing IP Strategy

How Can Your SME Acquire and Maintain IPR?

Protecting the IPR of Your SME Abroad

Protecting Trade Secrets of Your SME

Licensing of IPR


Protecting Your Business Name

Why Trademarks are Relevant to Your SME?

Trademark Registration


Using Patent Information

Turning Your Inventions into Profit-making Assets

Procedures for the Grant and Maintenance

Utility Models

Protecting Innovations by Utility Models


How Can Your SME Benefit from Copyright

Resolving Disputes

How To Resolve Disputes Related to IP?

8 Key Entrepreneurial Questions

IP Problems and Challenges

Frequent Start-Up IP Problems:

  • Disputes over trade secrets with former employers

  • Non-compete

  • Poor documentation of ownership of IP

  • Casual attitude toward disclosure of patentable inventions

  • No strategy on rights acquisition

  • No strategy on IP exploitation

New IP Challenges:

IP Solutions and Strategies

Keys to IP Success:

  • Understanding industry

  • Understanding potential IP "checkpoints

  • Understanding strategy

    • What to "give away"

    • What to license

    • What to keep as crown jewels

Strategies for Success:

  • Inventory rights in your research and products

  • Develop strategy for protecting your products

  • Develop strategy to challenge competitors

  • Implement an exploitation strategy

  • Monitor changes in the law and participate in such changes

See also:

Disciplinary Steps to Protect a Start-up Company's IP