S1, Episode 9: IP Insights for Entrepreneurs

Season One, Episode Nine– An overview of the intellectual property rights of entrepreneurs and ways to protect intellectual property from the early stages of a startup.

Episode Description: Bernice Grant interviews Ron Lazebnik, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director, Samuelson-Glushko Intellectual Property and Information Law Clinic, Fordham Law.   They discuss intellectual property insights for entrepreneurs, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks.  This episode is the second of a four-part series about intellectual property protection.

Episode Roadmap:

  • [:30]  Bernice Grant introduces herself and Ron Lazebnik, and explains that this episode will build on the intellectual property overview in the prior episode by applying it to the context of startups.
  • [3:15] When to expect the context of IP protection to be applied to early stage startup companies.
  • [5:30] Considerations to keep in mind when working with a co-founder or outside developer.
  • [7:43] Steps to take to prevent the competition from beating you to the market with regard to trademarks, patents, and copyrights.
  • [10:51] Protecting your intellectual property internationally and retaining an attorney for patent applications.
  • [14:20] Considerations for various IP protection strategies – trade secrets versus patent protection.
  • [16:20] Advice for entrepreneurs in regard to IP creation, written code, and rights.
  • [19:34] Trademark rights and timelines for startups.
  • [23:13] Nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit, book recommendations, and selecting the right lawyer.


“For patents, it’s the inventor who gets rights at the beginning.” -Ron Lazebnik
“If you are in an area where a lot of people are filing patent applications, you want to get ahead of them. You want to be the first to file for that patent application.” -Ron Lazebnik
“You have to get a patent application filed and a trademark registration filed in each country that you want protection in.” -Ron Lazebnik

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