Category: Entrepreneurship

Place: Messeturm Basel, Messeplatz 12, Basel

Adrian Sprenger

Your contact person

Adrian Sprenger

Dr. | Manager Entrepreneurship

Tel. +41 61 295 50 23

event Entrepreneurship


IP Strategy for High Tech Startups

Most high-tech startups are aware that a sound patent portfolio is an important asset that helps to defend their future markets and to monetize their ideas. However, the investment needed to build a patent portfolio can be substantial and care must be taken to protect the company in an affordable manner against the copycats that inevitably will surface once the startup has gained momentum. At the same time, investors will back off if the start up is running into problems due to IP rights of competitors.
When: 30.04.2019, 13:15 - 17:15
Where: Messeturm Basel, Messeplatz 12, Basel
With regard to these issues, the seminar will:

- explain why not only patents, know-how & copyrights, but also trademarks & designs are
   important for startups
- explain the do’s and don’ts of protecting innovations
- outline the difference between patentability and freedom to operate.

13:15 Introduction: Typical copycat behavior and possible defenses

13:30 General problems associated with IP: Cognition, enforcement and local practice

13:45 Trademarks: Set & Forget? Best practice vs. stupid decisions: The where, when & what
           of trademark protection

14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Patents: Disclose ideas, obtain monopoly? How the quid pro quo of innovation works

15:15 The DOs and DON’Ts of protecting innovation: The where, when & what of patent
           protection: gross mistakes, procedures, costs (and work arounds for patenting 

16:00 Coffee break

16:15 Third party patents: Freedom to operate vs patentability and how to make proper use
            of free prior art

17:15 Networking Apero

About the speaker
As a patent attorney representing clients before the Swiss, German and European Patent Office, Claus Peter Pietruk works in the Basel branch of international IP law firm Vossius & Partner since 2014. With more than 25 years of professional experience as a patent attorney in private law firms, he has advised a large number of start-ups as well as small and medium sized enterprises and publicly listed companies in all IP related matters. Before becoming a patent attorney, he has studied physics in Karlsruhe.

Registration and Cancellation
Participation to the event is free of charge; however, your registration is necessary. Please use this link to register for the seminar. If the seminar is overbooked we only admit one person per company. Registration will be confirmed or declined one week prior to the event. In case you later find you cannot attend, please kindly use the link in the registration confirmation sent to you by email to cancel your registration and free your spot for someone else.


Startup projects are preferred
If applicable, please include a short description of the project for which you would like to attend the seminar. As the economic promotion of the Basel area, we specifically support startup projects from the region with our free seminars and workshops. Hence, startup projects from Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft and Jura are handled with priority, remaining seats are given to all other registrations according to registration date.


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