Entrepreneur and VC Perspectives On Patents

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:30pm to 8:00pm

MIT Stata Center, 32-124 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge MA 02139

IP has never been more important to the evolution of our increasingly knowledge-based economy. Headlines have highlighted record patent infringement settlements, multibillion dollar auctions of large corporate patent portfolios, and ongoing patent battles between key technology industry players.

However, technology startups are understandably more focused on the costs of obtaining a patent rather than their future value.  Some software startups question whether patents are relevant or needed for their business.

Our panel examines the costs and benefits of patents and other IP from the perspective of early-stage technology startups and growing businesses, and will provide some general guidance on building a patent portfolio that appropriately supports business objectives.



Kyle Clark, Team Member at BETA Technologies and co-founder of VENTURE.co

Jay Jacobs, CEO & Founder of RAPID, Manufacturing Technology and Subtractive 3D Specialist

Karl Ruping, Managing Partner at incTANK Ventures

Cyrus Schenck, CEO & Founder of RENOUN



Keegan M. Caldwell, Managing Member and Founder of Caldwell Intellectual Property


Event Schedule

5:30 - 6:00pm - Registration & networking (light refreshments served)
6:00 - 7:30pm - Welcome & panel discussion
7:30 - 8:30pm - Beer, wine & networking

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