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Are you starting or growing a small business? If so, you need to do one thing before you launch your product or service. Whatever your business idea, product or service, you need to OWN your company and its most valuable assets.
The experts are right to say that the "new" economy is an innovation economy, and an innovation economy is IP-centric. It's your ideas and how you implement those ideas that matters.
You've probably heard about "intellectual property," which is often referred to as IP. But what is IP? And how can your company own it and protect it? Most importantly, how will you benefit by owning, protecting and growing the value of your company's IP?
Are you trading your time for money?
Most people are stuck trading their time for money, but smart entrepreneurs focus on building the value of their business. To scale , you have to share your ideas and vision with others.
In order to figure out if your idea is actually going to work, it’s essential that you share it with people. -- Joel Gascoigne, CEO, Buffer
Keeping everything a secret is so... 1950's, but how do you "share" without losing everything to some unscrupulous investor, employee, vendor or even a competitor? Don't you hate conflicting advice?
Do you want someone else to own your company's most valuable assets and control how and when you can use them? If you are a serious entrepreneur, the answer is no! You would like to own EVERYTHING, but sometimes you just can't . Resources are tight. You need to focus on what's really important.
There is an answer.
Now, I don't know what your particular startup's most important assets are. But I do know this. If your startup doesn't own its IP, then someone else does! It could be a competitor, an employee, a contractor; if you take no action, it is unlikely to be your company. If someone else owns your IP, then you'd be better off working as a "human resource" for Big Corp. At least you would be receiving regular paychecks.
The #1 thing that you need to do as a small business, before launching any product or service, is to understand what gives your business a significant commercial advantage. Then, figure out a way to protect it using intellectual property law. If you don't, it could be too late to do anything about it, later. That would be a shame!
As a U.S. registered patent attorney and Florida Bar certified intellectual property attorney, I've helped hundreds of business owners to own and protect their company's most valuable asset, its IP. Does it matter if your business sells products or services? Sure it does. But there's a way to protect your company's IP and to grow its value.
Wouldn't it be great to have a Florida Bar board certified IP attorney coaching you through the process of owning YOUR company's IP? That's why I've launched the online IPmasterclass Pilot at a price that even a startup can afford.
Startups can't afford to be sued by competitors for mistakes that could be avoided. If your company OWNS its IP, it's much less likely to be sued, and you can grow its value. You don't have to be an IP master to master your company's IP.
Who Will Benefit?
Every entrepreneur will benefit from this pilot!
I'll call him Victor, but he's a composite, a typical entrepreneur with a great niche product or service that does something that benefits his customers. He used to work in corporate America, but now his main competitors are big corporations. His niche is too small, at this point, for the "bigs" to be threatened by him. He's underfunded but finds a way to start smaller and uses his revenue to grow his business from nothing. His wife and family have invested in the launch of his business.
Victor worked hard to build his business, and it's finally paying off!
"Victor" is at a fork in the road
Unfortunately, Victor neglected his company's "secret sauce". He hired contractors and employees and did nothing to own the IP created by them for his startup.
Now, Victor's got a problem. An employee that Victor mentored and put in a position of trust "...just up and quit a few months back...," as Victor put it. Soon after, some of Victor's best customers started telling him that his former employee solicited their business, at a price point lower than Victor's. Less loyal customers have stopped buying from Victor’s company. New business is drying up.
Victor Doesn't Have A $50,000 Retainer That Big Law Wants Before Taking His Case. "What Can I Do?" Asks Victor.
If only Victor had come to me sooner, he could have built a hedge of protection around the "secret sauce" that gave his business its advantage over competitors. He's protect the company brand, own all of the know-how, and register copyrights in its creative works. Victor's company would have OWNED its IP.
Then, litigation might have been avoided entirely. Who's going to steal his IP, knowing Victor can close them down? Instead, he'll face either an uncertain, expensive slog through state courts or competition on price and performance against his former employee.
As an advocate for small business, I feel awful for entrepreneurs like Victor. I see way too many of them.
IPmasterclass Pilot is my answer to Victor's Question:
What should a I do to own my intellectual property, when I have barely enough money to launch?
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Florida Bar certified IP
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IPmasterclass Pilot is practical training presented by me, Chris Paradies, a Florida Bar certified intellectual property attorney and U.S. registered patent attorney.
When I checked, there were only 140 Florida Bar certified IP attorneys listed on the Florida Bar website. There are hundreds of thousands of small businesses with employees in Florida. So, it's safe to say that many of these small businesses with employees aren't working with one of the 140 certified IP attorneys.
If you are, then there is still a benefit to completing this 10-week pilot. When you talk with your IP attorney, you'll be laser focused. That should save thousands in legal fees and costs by avoiding the "scatter gun" approach to IP.
I'm also a co.Starters facilitator and chair of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, and for decades, I've been working with innovative and creative startups. I've literally helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, and I present IP law in a way that entrepreneurs can understand, which is pretty unusual for an IP attorney with a Ph.D. and a J.D. You won't have to have your pocket legal reference dictionary with you.
By completing this pilot, you will master your company's IP, without having to become an IP master.
Years ago, I started small business IP training as a live, in-person workshop called The IP Workshop. It changed lives. A couple of years ago, I started testing out online platforms for delivering the content that I created over the years. I wasn't satisfied with YouTube videos or online information-only courses. If you've tried any of them, you know that they don't work for busy people with too much to do already.
IPmasterclass Pilot leverages new technology to provide own protect grow® online video training, useful resources and live online Q&A sessions. This solution is for entrepreneurs that know that their most valuable assets are vulnerable but can't afford the high cost for services of a qualified IP counsel.
IPmasterclass Pilot culminates years of effort creating an alternative to the failing big law model that doesn't work for small businesses. I've worked hard to make something that works better than paying attorneys tens of thousands of dollars to file this and patent that.
Should You Sign Up?
When you sign up for IPmasterclass Pilot, you'll be assigned practical exercises that I refer to as "fieldwork". Fieldwork follows step-by-step instructions in online video modules that are released over a period of weeks and may you as little as an hour per week to complete, depending on what you've already done.
I encourage you, even if you think that you've already taken care of a particular type of IP, watch each video. I give startup hacks you won't find from other attorneys that can help "blow up" the value of your IP, especially if IP hasn't been your most important priority previously.
If you don't agree, I'm offering a money back guarantee for those entrepreneurs that complete the pilot and are not satisfied with the training. See my IP masterclass 100% money back guarantee in the panel image. Just exercise this guarantee within 30 days of completing the IPmasterclass Pilot, and Paradies IP Solutions, LLC will refund your money. So, what have you got to lose (except all of your startup's most valuable assets if you do nothing).
The pilot has been created for serious entrepreneurs that want to succeed. And it's affordable enough for any startup. So, there's no excuse for not owning your startup's secret sauce (or sauces).
There are weekly Q&A sessions in a private group or live event where I receive feedback from you and answer your questions. If you want the guarantee, you need to participate in these events and complete all of your fieldwork. Accountability is an important component of successfully completing the program.
How Much Does It Cost?
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How much did it cost Victor to do nothing, hundreds of thousands in legal fees or lost business? I estimate it could cost nearly $10,000 to do everything that you do in IPmasterclass Pilot by hiring a competent IP attorney, but IPmasterclass Pilot costs a fraction of that.
The $397 price of IPmasterclass Pilot is a tremendous bargain. I've presented different pieces of the pilot program in different venues over the years, but I've never presented a program as comprehensive as this one. Although I'm working hard to avoid any bugs, there'll probably be some technical glitches, and I'm counting on your feedback during the pilot to determine what should be added or eliminated from IPmasterclass. So, you benefit twice. First, I'm offering the pilot at this low introductory price. It'll never cost less. Second, you'll have my attention during the pilot. I couldn't be more excited about getting started. The first modules of the pilot will be released on March 4th. I call this week 0, because you can always make up this module.
But I need you to sign up before the week 1 Q&A session on March 15th. Don't miss this opportunity. One entrepreneur called my training "life changing." Don't risk forgetting. Sign up today using the Get Started Now! button to the right.
Each IPmasterclass Pilot module takes you step-by-step through own protect grow® training. You'll learn what needs to be done and why, and you'll immediately implement your IP strategy by following the training and using practical resources to complete your fieldwork.
Completing the fieldwork is important to your startup's success. Upon completion of a module, you'll have taken the next step in owning your startup's IP. For example, you may complete your first trademark search or create a custom agreement. Each concrete step builds value in your IP portfolio and creates equity in your startup.
MYTH #1: If I paid someone, then I own the IP (This Is False!)
I'll be busting myths that even experienced entrepreneurs believe. Did you know that most IP rights are not transferred automatically, just because you pay someone to create it for your startup? At best, your company might have a limited, non-exclusive implied license, or worse. In fact, you could be sued for infringing the IP rights of the person you paid or someone that acquires the rights from them, even a competitor. Yikes! That's easy to fix up front, but can get expensive later, when your business takes off.
What mistakes are made without IPmasterclass pilot?
Have your domain names been registered by third parties or employees? Who "owns" them then? If you don't have an agreement, it's not you! Not your startup!
Are your copyrights in works of authorship owned by employees, contractors or vendors? You'd better know before asking investors for cash!
Are your trademarks improperly held in an owner's name or, worse, a third party's name? This could make your trademarks invalid or unenforceable!
Are your trade secrets left unprotected, vulnerable? Employees, potential investors and independent contractors could walk out and compete with you unfairly based on work that you paid for.
Are rights in important inventions being lost to employees or contractors? Your company doesn't own patent rights unless you have a written assignment or trade secrets unless you have an IP agreement.
Don't take the risk of doing nothing!
IP masterclass will help you master your IP in as little as one hour per week starting at just:
*per month for 5 months (or a single payment of $397.00)
Chris Paradies is a co.Starters facilitator, helping new startups in Tampa Bay, and a Florida Bar certified IP counsel.
Chris learned about how to lead effective hands-on training at West Point and in the U.S. Army.
Are You Ready?
Your IPmasterclass Fieldwork Could Take As Little As An Hour Per Week For Your Startup To OWN Its IP! Benefit From An Extraordinarily Low Price Of Just $397, Less Than Value Of A Single Agreement, And Receive Access To Weekly Live Q&A Sessions With Chris Paradies During This IPmasterclass Pilot.
*Limited time offer -- price subject to change at any time --additional fees and costs are required for filing state and federal registrations of trademarks and copyrights, secretary of state fees, and other out of pocket costs. Paradies IP Solutions LLC does not provide legal advice or legal services. There is no attorney-client relationship established by enrolling in IPmasterclass Pilot. IPmasterclass Pilot is an educational product that assists you in managing your own IP.
The speaker's opinions are his own. Paradies IP Solutions LLC is not a law firm and is not registered to practice law in any state. Chris Paradies is a Florida Bar certified intellectual property attorney and U.S. registered patent attorney; he does not practice law in any state outside of Florida. Paradies IP Solutions LLC recommends that you consult with a qualified intellectual property attorney in your state if you have legal questions or need legal services.
This is not an advertisement for legal services, but it may be considered an advertisement for legal services in some jurisdictions. You should not rely solely on advertising for choosing legal counsel.
Every company is different, and your results may not be the same as others. However, I've seen IP assets, alone, without much ongoing revenue, provide seven figure paydays for innovative technologies that solve important problems. I've also seen companies close their doors, avoidably, if only IP wan't neglected. The horror stories are why I've worked so hard to make IPmasterclass Pilot available at a price startups can afford. No glitz! Just effective training and useful fieldwork that captures and retains your startup's most valuable assets.
You have options, but ignoring your IP isn't a reasonable option for a serious entrepreneur.
What do I get ?
Do you want the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you've done what it takes to own your IP?
Your feedback will help me to add or remove content from IPmasterclass Pilot, but here is what I expect to offer you in the training:
As an experienced, Florida Bar certified intellectual property attorney and U.S. registered patent attorney, I've helped hundreds of companies to own, protect and grow their IP, over the years. One-on-one consultations with a board certified IP attorney is a great alternative, but be prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars.
I've spent decades learning what I know, both technical and legal, and my law firm's fair flat fees reflect my extensive expertise, education, training and experience.
**DISCLAIMER: IP masterclass is affordable, because Paradies IP Solutions LLC is not a law firm and does not provide legal services. Instead, IP masterclass gives you what you need to master your IP, yourself, step by step, in easy to follow weekly trainingmodules.
You can try to find the lowest cost provider. Advice from an attorney that spends only a little time filing trademarks -- in between real estate closings, tax advice, corporate securities work or setting up trusts -- is not an option for a serious entrepreneur. Also, beware of the young attorney that professes to be an intellectual property attorney but has little or no practical experience. How many years of IP law experience does this "expert" have? What state or states is the person admitted to practice law? Is the "expert" certified by a state bar in intellectual property? Check the Florida Bar website for Florida Bar certified IP attorneys.
Bad free advice can have a much larger long term cost than no advice at all. A false sense of security can lull you into complacency or get you sued.
MYTH #2: THERE IS A CHEAP ALTERNATIVE TO IP
One entrepreneur said he was told that he could safeguard his rights by mailing a letter to himself. He called it a poor man's patent. WRONG!
Bad advice is worse than useless. Bad advice could prevent you from doing the right thing to own your company's copyrights, trade secrets and patentable inventions. Knowing what to do and when and how to do it isn't simple when it comes to IP. IP is a minefield for small businesses, especially for first time entrepreneurs.
MYTH #3: WAIT UNTIL I RECEIVE AN INFRINGEMENT LETTER.
WRONG! I've seen lawsuits that could have been avoided, easily, if an entrepreneur had asked advice from IP counsel, BUT ENDED UP COSTING 10's OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS. This isn't rare either. It's common for startups to get into trouble with bigger brands just when the startup is getting traction in the marketplace. The costs don't stop necessarily even after the startup ceases and desists all of the activities that caused the bigger brand to sue.
One very popular option is to do nothing and wait until your company can "afford" IP counsel. Bad idea!
If you don't own your startup's IP, then somebody else does! It can be very expensive to fix this down the road after your company is generating revenue. Suddenly, the IP that could have been transferred for free is seen as very valuable indeed. How much is it going to cost you later to buy your IP back, if you can? How much will it cost to rebrand, recreate new content or redesign your website and/or rewrite your software?
What are you going to do, when your distributor registers your trademark in its name? Do you think that might cause a problem when you terminate your distribution agreement for cause?
If you do nothing, then the chances of your company actually owning its IP is zero, zip, nada! You've got to take action to own your IP.
Another path that can lead to disaster is to rely on IP advice of a friend, mentor, online guru or more experienced entrepreneur.
Sometimes, if you're lucky, advice from a self-styled "expert" might be better than doing nothing. Other times, not so much.
So, in the words of Harry Callihan (References Clint Eastwood's character in "Dirty Harry", a dark crime film from back in the 70's): "Do ya feel lucky?"
Then, there is the do-it-yourselfer (DYI'er). Well-intentioned and seeing no affordable alternatives, the DYI'er sets out to learn and do everything needed to own, protect and grow the value of his or her IP on his or her own. After spending weeks reading and digesting everything available, confusion sets in. Mistakes are made. Any money saved doesn't compare to the delay caused by losing focus on your customer, product development and sales.
No serious entrepreneur should consider an IP plan based on self-study as a viable solution. It takes an IP attorney many years to become good at his or her job, under supervision of a seasoned IP counsel, and working full time in a field of law as complex as the schematics for an aircraft engine. Needless to say, the DYI'er is going to spend countless hours only to learn his or her mistakes the hard way, through painful personal experience.
INVENTION PROMOTION COMPANY
There are scammers out there looking to part eager inventors from their money. Every invention is a great idea, they'll say. You can pay us to license your invention, they'll say. Invention promotion firms are notorious and go by many names. In fact, these firms often change names frequently, for a reason. If any company claims to have a way of licensing your invention to a list of companies ready to pay you for your idea, it's likely a scam.
Beware if you see an ad like this...
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO SUCCEED. We’ve Got You Covered. From Friendly And Helpful Support, Fast Patent Application Process, High Quality Prototype Designs To A Huge Network Of Companies Eager To Pay Royalties For New Inventions.
Here's a typical review:
They promised me the world, and told me what a great invention i had. They are nothing but a bunch of thieves!!! Remember they are there to take your money, so no invention will be bad to them. BEWARE!!!!
These ads sell a fantasy. There are no companies "...eager to pay royalties for new inventions." There are a few companies that are willing to steal your idea and pay you little or nothing. These companies know how to set the hook, and an eager inventor is the fish. Don't be a fish. Starting a business or selling a new product takes hard work, money and time for marketing and perseverance to succeed. Don't be fooled. Nobody is looking to give you anything for your idea. These companies arejust looking to part you from your money. Invention promotion companies make millions from inventors' fees while delivering boilerplate and promises to the vast majority of inventors.
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