Fish & Richardson Host Georgetown Dean Bellamy for Discussion on Intellectual Property
On Tuesday, September 10th Fish & Richardson hosted an Intellectual Property Roundtable featuring Georgetown Dean Everett Bellamy. The event focused on the need for an advisory board, building track records as a venture for funding, and the importance of written documentation in legal protections.
According to the event release, “Dean Bellamy teaches small business law and entrepreneurship at Georgetown and has advised small business owners and entrepreneurs for over 25 years.”
Fish & Richardson is an international law firm dedicated to intellectual property, litigation, and technology law. Founded in 1878, the firm has represented some of the greatest inventors of all time, including Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and the Wright brothers. Recognized as a world leader in intellectual property, the firm has 11 offices in the United States and one in Germany.
This event was part of Fish & Richardson’s new program, FISHstep, which closed it’s most recent application period on September 17th.
According to their website, “FISHstep is designed to enable startup companies to protect their intellectual property early in their formation – often before the first round of seed funding – without diverting cash from the business. Select startups will be invited to join the FISHstep program, the benefits of which include the preparation and filing of a patent application with deferred billing until the company is funded, in exchange for 1% of the startup company’s equity.”
Leading the event on behalf of Fish & Richardson was AccelerateDC Mentor Phyllis Kristal. Kristal, an active mentor in the program since March of 2014, will also join a panel of speakers on September 23rd to discuss intellectual property protection at AccelerateDC’s Boost Your Startup Speaker Series event from 6 to 8 PM (Sign up for the panel here!).