Why Is This Important?: With the company formed, you want to formally protect your IP if possible and establish your plan to build on it in the future.
|Key Actions||Things to Consider||Tool Kit|
|File patent(s), if appropriate||Multiple provisional applications can be combined into a single full application at the first provisional 1-year date
It is possible to do this yourself, but you may need and want legal support
Brainstorm on how to get around your patents & file provisional patents to block those workarounds
If you wanted to re-invent your offering, how would you get around your patent?
|University of Washington Entrepreneurial Law Clinic
|Establish additional copyrights or trademarks, if appropriate||Copyrights exist from the time a work is made permanent, but should be registered with US Copyright Office to ensure a record and secure additional enforcement rights.|
|Document any practices considered to be Trade Secrets|
|Outline your market/competitive advantage and the strategy for “Stickiness”||Make a convincing argument that your product/service will be adequately protected and has a market advantage