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Intro to Basic Corporate and IP Law
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Starting a company or thinking of starting one or have an idea sitting in your basement? Here's your opportunity to get an understanding of the basic legal concepts you need to get launched or find a better way to protect your ideas with some basic IP concepts.
Our instructors, James Zimmerman (Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP), Vance VanDrake (Ulmer & Berne LLP, and David Willbrand (Thompson Hine LLP) will be leading a conversation on best practices and there will be an opportunity to ask questions related to your entrepreneurial efforts.
Intellectual property can make or break an early-stage company. Strong patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets can help an entrepreneur secure funding, exit, or grow more rapidly. Weak IP can lead to copycats, lawsuits, slow growth, and failure. Every start-up has intellectual property, but not all choose to protect the most valuable parts of their business. Vance VanDrake, an intellectual property attorney, GCVA president, and co-founder of three businesses, will help entrepreneurs identify the intellectual property within their businesses and strategies for protection.
Tickets are free but limited and the class will be held at Cintrifuse.
When & Where
Cintrifuse is a Cincinnati-based organization that proactively links entrepreneurs with strategic businesses, research institutions, mentors and investors to help successfully launch high-growth startups. We work to coordinate the activities, resources and programs of the region’s innovation ecosystem by connecting incubators, accelerators, investment sources, organizations and other resources to maximize information sharing. We have harnessed three core elements to develop a sustainable innovation economy: Access, Place and Fund.
Cincinnati offers world-leading knowledge, experience and leadership in Life Sciences, Consumer Understanding/Analytics and Consumer Products markets. At Cintrifuse, we share the desire to innovate, thirst for continuous learning and benefits of collaboration. Cintrifuse members have priority access to global industry leaders, a path to product testing opportunities and early review of emerging technology. As our Members’ businesses mature, our team, partners, and mentors offer a full range of content and programming to assist with talent recruitment and retention, investment sources, customers, revenue and exit opportunities.
Cintrifuse, which launched in July 2012, has an interim space downtown Cincinnati while we build out a 38,000-square-foot urban campus to occupy space in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine community. This collaborative workspace offers a web of supportive services designed specifically to help high-growth startups. It includes but is not limited to other innovative startups, programs, mentors and business consultants. Learn more about our current members and flexible workspace solutions.
The Cintrifuse Early Stage Capital Fund I, LLC, a venture capital fund of funds, closed $40 million in December 2012. Our target fund size is $50 to $100 million and will invest in regional and national early-stage venture capital funds. The Cintrifuse fund will target venture firms with focus areas that align with our strategic funding partners interests in Life Sciences, Consumer Goods and Services, Technology and Energy. The Cintrifuse fund is a for-profit fund managed by Cintrifuse Fund Management, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cintrifuse.