Get IP Checkup Before Crowdfunding

Some unappreciated crowdfunding risks to issuers come in the form of intellectual property protection.

This article notes that there are:

  • patent risks of pre-mature disclosure of technical information and of infringement if the patent research is not conducted prior to the campaign;
  • pre-mature disclosure may also put your product’s unique design at risk; and
  • failure to register your trademark or service mark could lead to others copying or a race to register, particularly in China.

Best bet is to have an intellectual property attorney do an IP checkup before you post on Kickstarter.


About JeffKoeppel

I am a corporate/securities attorney in the Washington, DC area. Prior to joining the firm, I was a Senior Attorney Advisor in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. I am a member of the Bars of the States of Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia. You can also follow this blog on LinkedIn at:
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