VC Task Force Workshop: Cost-Effective Ways of Protecting IP


Palo Alto, CA

Speaking Engagement

This program will address how to cost-effectively develop and implement a sound IP strategy. There are many ways to approach IP protection including patents, provisional patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights. Each of these legal protection vehicles has different protection and cost variables associated with it.

Our experts will discuss:

  • How to develop a sound IP protection strategy in a time of budgetary constraints
  • Using trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights as low cost alternatives to patents
  • When to file a provisional patent
  • The pros and cons of provisional patents
  • Budgeting and controlling foreign patent filings
  • Developing an IP strategy using purchased patents and other IP from bankrupt companies/bankrupt competitors
  • Outsourcing patent tech writing




  • Fred Gregarus, Of Counsel, Fenwick and West


  • Dennis Fernandez, Partner, Fernadez & Associates [Patents and Provisional Patents]
  • John Gee, Serial CEO and Incubator Manager [Case study of IP protection]
  • John Hou, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster [Trademarks, domain names and copyrights]


Morrison & Foerster LLP
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Palo Alto


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