A Discussion of the Patent Strategies of Technology Startups

  • July 16, 2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Stanford Law School


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Join WIPLA for A Discussion of Patent Strategies of Technology Startups!

Stanford LLM graduate, Celia Lerman will discuss her research on the influence that a patent strategy can have on a startup company's growth, after which attendees are encouraged to mingle and network. Food and drinks provided by WIPLA.


How does a patent strategy affect a tech startup company’s growth? This is a fundamental question for technology entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers and the innovation system as a whole. In this study, I shed light on this issue by conducting an empirical analysis of the patenting strategies of technology startups, examining the relationship between a company’s patent applications and different events over the company’s life: rounds of investment received, company acquisition and closure. I provide the first comprehensive cross-industry analysis of this question, by analyzing the patent portfolios of United States startups listed in CrunchBase, a crowd-sourced registry of tech companies used by the startup industry. By looking into these companies’ public patent applications from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) database between 2008 and 2012, I examine the patenting patterns of startups as they progress through funding rounds.

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