Gauging Start-Up Readiness

By Debby Winters

As an Intellectual Property attorney and an investor in start-up companies, I am always looking for indications that start-ups are ready, but the question is “ready for what?” And somehow that seems hard to answer.  I recently read an article entitled Is This Startup Ready For Investment? that I thought had some good points to make and answers to consider. Check it out and let me know what you think.



By Debby Winters


If you are confused about what to do about the Heartbleed Security bug, I have compiled some of the better articles about the topic to let you decide for yourself.

1- Change these passwords right now.

2- Heartbleed Security Update.

3- What You Should Know About the HeartBleed SSL Security Bug.

Should you get a design patent?

By Debby Winters

With the backlog of up to 4 years or longer at the patent office, many people ask if they should try to get a design patent when they have an invention that relates to the configuration or shape of an article. Design patents frequently can be obtained in as little as 6 to 8 months so they should not be ruled out in building a patent portfolio if the invention allows for one. Remember that any patent is frequently better than no patent. In building a patent portfolio, a series of design patents can sometimes be very powerful. Many times a design patent, although thought to be weaker than a utility patent, can still be used to scare away competitors, particularly if your competitors a small entities. Because design patents protect the way something looks rather than the way something functions, often a portfolio of design patents are used to build a strong wall around the invention. You should also consider a strategy of obtaining several design patents while your utility patent is pending. A combination of utility and design patents make an excellent team in protecting your intellectual property rights.