How to determine the value of intellectual property in divorce cases

By Efrat Kasznik With approximately 50 percent of all U.S. (first or second) marriages ending in divorce, the proper identification and allocation of all marital assets is critical to the post-divorce well-being of both spouses. In a recent seminar sponsored by the Jewish Federation, financial advisor Tali Alon and family law attorney Esther Rosenfeld discussed […]

Intellectual Property Value in Startup Investments: A View from Silicon Valley

By Efrat Kasznik Intellectual property assets (IP Assets), primarily patents and software, have been the driving force behind high tech companies, but often times investors fail to understand their unique value as strategic business assets.  Investors tend to focus on the defensive value of IP Assets, as it relates to protecting the company’s own products, […]

The Naked Truth: 30% of US Unicorns Have No Patents

By Efrat Kasznik and Lynn Dudinsky It seems that not a day goes by without a commentary about Unicorns, a Silicon Valley-coined term used to describe a startup (pre-exit) with a valuation exceeding $1 billion. The number of Unicorns, the vast majority of which are US software companies, has recently crossed the 150 mark, according […]

5 Best Practices For Creating a Winning IP Strategy

By Efrat Kasznik New patent laws in the U.S., the long backlog at the patent office, as well as the increased risk of patent litigation, make it absolutely critical for a startup to start building its intellectual property (IP) portfolio as early as possible. Unfortunately in our startup advisory practice, we repeatedly see startups come […]

Business Model Innovation: Why Building a Better Mousetrap is Not Enough

By Efrat Kasznik What do solar energy and personal communications have in common? While energy and communications seem unrelated industries, they have significant similarities if one considers the role of business model innovation as a precursor to success in bringing new intellectual property to market. Take, for example, two companies: •SolarCity Corporation (Nasdaq: SCTY), a […]

Crowdfunding 101: Don’t forget to protect your idea

By Mary Juetten and Efrat Kasznik The ‘Jumpstart Our Business Startups’ Act, otherwise known as the JOBS Act, hit another milestone with the recent lifting of the 80-year ban on solicitation. At our last count, there were over 1,000 crowdfunding platforms awaiting the US-wide equity crowdfunding ‘Title III’ SEC regulations, anticipated to be released in […]

Troll slayer: Can Mark Cuban cure the U.S. patent system?

By Efrat Kasznik The inauguration of the “Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents” is a great  opportunity to take another look at the U.S. patent system, and how it fares  with startups and software companies. As appears from an email to the press, laced with statements such as: “Dumbass patents are crunching small businesses”, […]