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Silicon Valley is the Next Stop for Intellectual Property Awareness Series

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Hacking IP: Considerations for Startups and Entrepreneurs is bound for the tech capital of the world, Silicon Valley! The third leg of the year-long multi-city IP education program presented by the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (MIIP) is taking place at Babson San Francisco this Thursday, November 15th. We invite all interested Bay area students, entrepreneurs, and community members to come and engage with an illustrious panel of IP specialists as we discuss the importance of a well-developed IP strategy when launching or operating a startup. Registration is free and open to the public.

Silicon Valley is at the center of innovation in today’s digital economy, as startups launched in dorm rooms and garages go on to disrupt long-established industries. The region attracts and cultivates an array of entrepreneurs whose technologies can serve as a powerful force for good in the world, provided these visionaries have a plan to protect all of their valuable intellectual property.

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“For early-stage startups, IP is the primary driver of value,” says Deborah Kang, Director of Startup@BerkeleyLaw. “But we’ve learned that founders sometimes don’t always know all the ways to protect their IP. While patents are familiar, founders often forget or don’t realize that trademarks can be used to protect their company name and brand, and should be explored sooner than later. Trade secrets, if done right, can also be a cost-effective way to protect IP.”

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San Francisco Hacking IP provides burgeoning founders with a wealth of insight on how to safeguard the entirety of their intellectual property so that their venture can achieve lift-off. The evening commences with a reception and networking hour, followed by a moderated panel of IP luminaries that includes:

  • John Cabeca: John is the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO’s outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs.
  • Aldo Carrascoso: Aldo is the Co-Founder and CEO of Venn Biosciences. His ventures have created ~$500M in value for investors.
  • Rafa Gutierrez: Rafa is a Legal Director at Uber and is the head of its trademark, copyright and domains practice group.
  • Deborah Kang (moderator): Deborah is the Director of Startup@BerkeleyLaw, where she educates and supports startups and early-stage investors in the legal, financial, and organizational aspects of starting and scaling a business.
  • Shantel Williams: Shantel is IP Counsel at Facebook where she focuses primarily on IP matters in the intermediary liability space.

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With its mission emphasis on entrepreneurship education, event co-host Babson College is the perfect partner in helping to raise intellectual property awareness among future business leaders. “Babson has distinguished itself as the nation’s premier college in entrepreneurship learning, making them an ideal collaborator to co-host our San Francisco event,” says Dr. Gary K. Michelson, founder of Michelson 20MM Foundation. “We are delighted to partner with an institution that has developed a long and illustrious history in fostering the next generation of innovators.”

MIIP also welcomes the support of event partners Hacker Dojo, Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Runway, Startup@BerkeleyLaw, and Women in 3D Printing in helping to present San Francisco Hacking IP.

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