The Innovation Firm

When

September 25, 2014
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where

District Hall - Assembly Room
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Intellectual Property Strategies for Start-ups

How to Protect and Capitalize on the Value of Your Innovations and Attract Investors

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, we held an event on "Intellectual Property Strategies for Start-ups" at the new District Hall in Boston.

You have worked hard to get your start-up company on its feet.  You protect it daily against a host of challenges.  Are you protecting some of the most valuable assets of your company - your innovations?  Protecting your innovations through intellectual property strategies, including patenting, freedom-to-operate studies, trademarks, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements and consulting agreements, is critical to the long term success of your start-up. 
 
Attendees learned from intellectual property experts, an entrepreneur, and an executive from a start-up in an early stage.  The panelists related their stories of missed opportunities and key successes. Also, the panelists highlighted certain risk-value tradeoffs of intellectual property.
 
Other highlights include -

  • Identifying your company's valuable intellectual property
  • Avoiding pitfalls that can forfeit your patent rights
  • Determining if patenting your innovation is a necessity
  • Taking action if your innovation has already been patented by another company
  • Determining the best timing to protect your innovation
  • Realizing potential revenue generation for your intellectual property
  • Creating a value proposition for potential investors
  • Applying recent court decisions to your intellectual property rights

We introduced you to the tools you need to identify and protect your intellectual property rights.
 

 

Presenters from Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds:

David Brook Mary Murray

David Brook
Founder and Principal

Mary Murray, Ph.D.
Principal
Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal

 Guest Panelists:

Jack Heine

   

Jack Heine

 

Jack is the Executive Chairman / Founder / Owner of Cambridge Sound Management, LLC.  He has more than 40 years of experience in acoustic consulting and product development.  He spent 30 years at Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc. (now a Division of Raytheon Inc.) as a Divisional Scientist and Department Manager, analyzing and developing products ranging from a voice box for the
GI Joe doll for Hasbro to passive and active surveillance systems for the U.S. Navy.  He has five patents and has published more than 30 journal articles.  In 1999, he left BBN to join with Acentech Incorporated, the former Architectural Acoustics Division of BBN, to
form Cambridge Sound Management,LLC, with the mission of developing new approaches to providing sound masking for office environments.  Sound masking is an acoustic technology that reduces the impact of distracting conversations, primarily in open office environments.  In 2002, CSM developed, and ultimately patented the direct field masking system it now sells under the QtPro brand.  Since the introduction of QtPro, CSM has grown at an
average rate of 30% per year, with installations currently running more than 2 million square feet per month.  In 2013, he and his wife Holly, purchased Acentech’s ownership share of CSM.  Dr. Heine received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

     
Christopher Mirabelli, Ph.D.    
 Chris Mirabelli   Dr. Mirabelli joined HealthCare Ventures as Managing Director in 2000.  He was chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of LeukoSite, Inc. from 1993 through 1999, a company in which HealthCare Ventures was the lead investor. He was a co-founder of Isis Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Mirabelli was previously with SmithKline and French Laboratories' R&D Division. He is a member of the board of advisors of the Accelerator Fund at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mirabelli received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in molecular pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Overview

When

September 25, 2014
5:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where

District Hall - Assembly Room
75 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

How to Protect and Capitalize on the Value of Your Innovations and Attract Investors

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, we held an event on "Intellectual Property Strategies for Start-ups" at the new District Hall in Boston.

You have worked hard to get your start-up company on its feet.  You protect it daily against a host of challenges.  Are you protecting some of the most valuable assets of your company - your innovations?  Protecting your innovations through intellectual property strategies, including patenting, freedom-to-operate studies, trademarks, employment agreements, confidentiality agreements and consulting agreements, is critical to the long term success of your start-up. 
 
Attendees learned from intellectual property experts, an entrepreneur, and an executive from a start-up in an early stage.  The panelists related their stories of missed opportunities and key successes. Also, the panelists highlighted certain risk-value tradeoffs of intellectual property.
 
Other highlights include -

  • Identifying your company's valuable intellectual property
  • Avoiding pitfalls that can forfeit your patent rights
  • Determining if patenting your innovation is a necessity
  • Taking action if your innovation has already been patented by another company
  • Determining the best timing to protect your innovation
  • Realizing potential revenue generation for your intellectual property
  • Creating a value proposition for potential investors
  • Applying recent court decisions to your intellectual property rights

We introduced you to the tools you need to identify and protect your intellectual property rights.
 

 

Presenter Bios

Presenters from Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds:

David Brook Mary Murray

David Brook
Founder and Principal

Mary Murray, Ph.D.
Principal
Mary Lou Wakimura
Principal

 Guest Panelists:

Jack Heine

   

Jack Heine

 

Jack is the Executive Chairman / Founder / Owner of Cambridge Sound Management, LLC.  He has more than 40 years of experience in acoustic consulting and product development.  He spent 30 years at Bolt Beranek and Newman, Inc. (now a Division of Raytheon Inc.) as a Divisional Scientist and Department Manager, analyzing and developing products ranging from a voice box for the
GI Joe doll for Hasbro to passive and active surveillance systems for the U.S. Navy.  He has five patents and has published more than 30 journal articles.  In 1999, he left BBN to join with Acentech Incorporated, the former Architectural Acoustics Division of BBN, to
form Cambridge Sound Management,LLC, with the mission of developing new approaches to providing sound masking for office environments.  Sound masking is an acoustic technology that reduces the impact of distracting conversations, primarily in open office environments.  In 2002, CSM developed, and ultimately patented the direct field masking system it now sells under the QtPro brand.  Since the introduction of QtPro, CSM has grown at an
average rate of 30% per year, with installations currently running more than 2 million square feet per month.  In 2013, he and his wife Holly, purchased Acentech’s ownership share of CSM.  Dr. Heine received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

     
Christopher Mirabelli, Ph.D.    
 Chris Mirabelli   Dr. Mirabelli joined HealthCare Ventures as Managing Director in 2000.  He was chairman of the board and Chief Executive Officer of LeukoSite, Inc. from 1993 through 1999, a company in which HealthCare Ventures was the lead investor. He was a co-founder of Isis Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Mirabelli was previously with SmithKline and French Laboratories' R&D Division. He is a member of the board of advisors of the Accelerator Fund at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Mirabelli received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in molecular pharmacology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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