When a company is establishing its presence in the marketplace, developing, protecting and managing its intellectual property (IP) is essential to maintaining a competitive edge and aids in the long-term success of the company, regardless of sector.  

In this workshop designed specifically for the unique needs of startups, founders and entrepreneurs in the industry, you will learn: 

  • How to design an IP strategy and expand your IP portfolio on a budget
  • How to identify inventions and file patent applications (including how provisional applications are often misused)
  • How to preserve patentability (including avoiding on sale bar issues and avoiding unintentional disclosure)
  • Best practices for internal IP hygiene (including best practices for trade secret protection and employment assignments)
  • Best practices for interactions with third parties (including how to identify potentially problematic interactions with outside vendors and collaborators, and how best to handle IP ownership issues with third parties)
  • Best practices for developing IP strategies for commercialization and monetization through licensing agreements


Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)
Chemical Angel Network
Delaware Innovation Space
The Dow Chemical Company
HG Ventures
Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute (JIRTI)
Solvay Ventures
Wolf Greenfield