NYTA Forum: Your Ownership and Rights - IP For Startup Founders

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A panel of IP experts will review a range of IP law issues and will guide startup companies as to what actions they should be taking.
About this Event

Founders and principals of startup companies have to make some critical decisions and take important steps regarding their intellectual property (“IP”). They need to ensure that the company properly owns and/or has rights to its computer code, content, and website materials. In addition, they need to determine whether the company is allowed to use its brand for its products and services. Furthermore, they need to understand whether the company is properly protecting its inventions and trade secrets. Additionally, they need to protect against past employers of a current employee contesting the company’s IP. All of this comes up in due diligence with investors, which could adversely affect financing, valuation, execution of the business plan and, ultimately, the exit.

In this session, a panel of IP experts will review a range of IP law issues and will guide startup companies as to what actions they should be taking at the earliest stages to avoid IP problems down the road. It will also include a session of virtual networking and time for Q&A.

Panel Leader:

Paul Ellis, Managing Partner, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC

As Managing Partner of the 9-lawyer Paul Ellis Law Group, Paul counsels on issues including formation, early-stage financing (friends and family, angel and VC), joint venture and strategic partnering relationships, employment, equity plans, mergers and acquisitions, and, together with his colleagues, protection and licensing of intellectual property. Beyond the internet/mobile/IT industries, he has practiced in industries including telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, real estate, consumer products, and entertainment. He has represented companies ranging from startups to multinationals, as well as funds and individual and institutional investors. Paul is a board member of NY Tech Alliance and organizes its events on legal issues for startup through midsize tech companies. He holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from Georgetown.


Ted Sabety, Principal Attorney, Sabety+associates, PLLC

Sabety+associates, PLLC is an Intellectual Property law firm that understands innovative technology and electronic media businesses and the creative people that drive their success. Our law practice focuses on businesses whose primary assets are advanced technology, software, creative works, and digital media. Whether patents, trademarks or copyrights, IT infrastructure or electronic content distribution, Sabety +associates has done deals, conducted litigation and procured IP registrations for clients around the world. Clients value our inter-disciplinary and strategic approach arising from Ted Sabety’s experience as a digital engineering and media pioneer. Ted knows technology!

Jessica R. Friedman, Of Counsel, Paul Ellis Law Group LLC 

Jessica R. Friedman (Yale Law School 1984, Princeton University 1981) has practiced copyright, trademark, media and licensing law in New York City for over 30 years. Among the matters Ms. Friedman handles are content, data and technology development and licensing agreements, publishing agreements for authors and publishers, collaboration agreements, literary agency agreements, media agency agreements, MSA’s and other commercial contracts, as well as online and mobile app privacy policies and terms of use. She also conducts fair use and work-for-hire analyses, domestic and international trademark clearance/prosecution/licensing/policing, and prepublication reviews of manuscripts for libel and other legal issues, and she handles other matters related to the rights of privacy and publicity. In an earlier life as a litigation associate, she represented clients in copyright and trademark infringement litigation, and for 14 years, she served as part-time general counsel to a healthcare communications company.

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  • February 25, 2021 at 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Virtual
  • Andy Saldaña