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.