January 14, 2010 - Ted Sichelman
THE VALUE OF PATENTS IN EARLY STAGE COMPANIES
January 14, 2010; 11: 45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Denver ChopHouse, Large Banquet Room
Professor Sichelman and a team from the UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology recently conducted the first comprehensive survey in the United States on patents and entrepreneurship. After six months of collecting data from nearly 1,500 start-up and early stage companies, the research team has now tabulated and analyzed the results. Professor Sichelman will present his groundbreaking research findings on why start-ups patent and the effects of the patent system on entrepreneurial companies.
In his presentation, Professor Sichelman will analyze the drivers of patenting by entrepreneurs. The presentation will also examine the role of patents in investment, financing, acquisition, and IPOs, with Professor Sichelman sharing his insight on the commercialization of inventions. He will also analyze the role of patents and patenting in collaborative innovation. Thie presentation will be of interest to IP attorneys, entrepreneurs, VCs, and others involved in early stage companies.
Before joining the faculty at USD, Professor Sichelman was a fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. Previously, Professor Sichelman practiced in the areas of intellectual property litigation and transactions, appellate litigation, and venture finance at the law firms of Heller Ehrman and Irell & Manella. Professor Sichelman also clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Before practicing law, he founded and ran a venture-backed software company, Unified Dispatch. Professor Sichelman designed the company’s software and is a named inventor on several filed patents.
Professor Sichelman earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Stanford University. His numerous publications include: “Commercializing Patents,” in Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2010); “Patenting by Entrepreneurs: An Empirical Study,” in Michigan Telecommunications & Technology Law Review (forthcoming 2010); “High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System,” in Berkeley Technology Law Journal (forthcoming 2009); and “Why do Start-Ups Patent?” in 23 Berkeley Technology Law Journal 1063 (2008).