IP Guide for SMEs
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Enterprise survey and
Formulation of a Technology Strategy
Technology-driven Business Strategy
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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
Venture Financing Funnel
Using IP Assets to Finance Your
Primer on IPR
Start-Up Company's IP Strategies
Managing Intellectual Assets of
Auditing Your IP
Developing IP Strategy
How Can Your SME Acquire and
Protecting the IPR of Your SME
Protecting Trade Secrets of
Licensing of IPR
Protecting Your Business Name
Why Trademarks are Relevant to
Using Patent Information
Turning Your Inventions into
Procedures for the Grant and
Protecting Innovations by
How Can Your SME Benefit from
Resolve Disputes Related to IP?
Systemic Innovation: 7 Areas
Skjerven, Morill and MacPerson from
San Jose, CA, and Saratoga Venture Finance
suggest the following disciplinary steps to protect your start-up company's
intellectual property (IP)
Disciplinary Steps to Protect a Start-up Company's IP
Have all employees sign upon first
day of employment an "Employee Proprietary and Confidential
Agreement". It will help keep the company's secrets
and enforce a written
patent notebook procedure. It will
strengthen your company's claims that its intellectual property
is very valuable, as well as improve chances of obtaining
all of the company's technical staff written patent notebook
recordkeeping instructions. Be sure your people respect the
importance of these instructions.
your VP of engineering strictly manages the issuing and tracking
of all notebooks given to the technical staff.
hand a good stock of the kind of notebooks commonly found in
all employees and all managers Confidential Disclosure
Agreements that cover the following areas and instruct them to
use the documents in dealing with non-employees:
START-UP, INC., and a
party exchanging confidential information.
START-UP, INC., receiving confidential information from a
START-UP, INC., disclosing confidential information to a
Require that your VP of finance and
administration issue and control all Confidential Disclosure
a document called "Submission of Inventions and Suggestions" for
the use of third parties, typically non-employees but also often
non-technical employees of START-UP, INC.
and "Invention Disclosure" form that will clearly identify the
holder of any proprietary information that START-UP, INC., may
be interested in using or developing.