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IP & Patents: Guidance for Emerging Companies

Silicon Valley Bank Seminar

29 Jun 2016 11:30 a.m. - 01:30 p.m.

SVB Hanover Office
2400 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304

In this session, Morrison & Foerster partners Mehran Arjomand, Bita Rahebi and Stephanie Sharron will provide their insights into what companies should consider when protecting their IP, such as whether to keep their ideas secret or apply for patent protection. The discussion will provide a high level overview of different options and considerations in protecting intellectual property, the patent application process, and the timeline to consider when applying for patent protection, as well as addressing what kinds of ideas can be patented, which is particularly relevant to startups working in the software and business method technology areas. Recent Supreme Court decisions and developments in the Patent & Trademark Office and district courts will also be addressed, and their impact on startups will be discussed. This discussion will include tips for fortifying software and business method patent applications to survive Patent Office and court challenges.

Morrison & Foerster has unique expertise and experience in all of the challenges facing startups. At this event, Morrison & Foerster will cover key issues and practical tips relating to patent/intellectual property protection, to show you how to take a proactive approach and make the best decisions for you and your company.


  • When to protect your IP
  • What does it take to apply for a patent
  • Recent Supreme Court decisions & developments in the Patent & Trademark Office and district courts, and their impact on software companies
  • Tips for structuring to survive a software or business method challenge

This will be an interactive session and will conclude in Q&A so you can get the answers to your most pressing legal questions.



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