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Entrepreneurs often fail to take inventory of the Intellectaul property assets they have developed and as a result tend to under-leverage these assets. To ensure continued business growth, it is critical for entrepreneurs to consider a periodic intellectual property audit and strategic analysis.
Universities and related organizations are major producers of patentable ideas. For entrepreneurs, the key is effectively working to license and commercialize these innovations. This article lays out a detailed strategy for entrepreneurs who want to commercialize licensed (and patented) technologies.
Many entrepreneurs assume IP protection is part of the entrepreneurial process, and often don't ask the right questions to determine if it's the right path for them. In this story, the author shows how his team first identified a market need and a product solution, then considered patenting their product.
Entrepreneurs going abroad for sales can protect their IP through an international protocol called the Madrid System. This system allows entrepreneurs to eliminate the need to file separate patent protection applications in each country where trademark protection is required and where they wish to conduct business.
A critical early step in preparing your company for sale is hiring an investment banker to guide you. The ten-point set of guidelines contained in this article will help you recruit and hire the right investment banker.
Selling your business is similar to raising capital. The difference: you're selling the whole company. Selling your company, like raising money, includes preparing the business plan, financials, cash-flow projections, and demonstration of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance practices.
Selling your company involves an entire set of specific business and legal terms and conditions that relate solely to this transaction and are often new to first-time entrepreneurs. This document contains a helpful list of pertinent terms as well as some issues that the selling entrepreneur might consider before closing the sale.
Entrepreneurs often receive unsolicited offers to sell their business. Many offers are not worth your time. Instead, be attentive to a query from a company or individual with acquisition criteria that is rigorously designed to benefit both parties.
Most entrepreneurs eventually face the question: is it time to sell my company? The issue often arrives with inadequate time to consider all of the issues. Assume the question will arise and game out possible scenarios.
In choosing to sell his company, the author provided potential buyers with a compelling story of future growth opportunities, profitability, and potential synergies. Above all, the author's experience suggests be patient and know what you want to achieve before you start the process.
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