Strategy for Intellectual Property with David Kalow

intellectual property May 14, 2024

In this special remastered episode of the DealQuest Podcast, I’m excited to revisit an early discussion with guest David Kalow. David introduces us to the importance of leveraging strategy for intellectual property (IP) for business success. With more than 35 years of experience as a lawyer working in the science and technology field, David has become one of the leading voices in intellectual property business.

According to David, most companies, especially startups and small businesses, are not fully utilizing the potential of their intangible assets. He states that intellectual property – including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets – is crucial for creating value and driving revenues.

There is a misconception that IP is exclusively reserved for large corporations. Nothing could be further from the truth: Companies of ANY size can benefit from leveraging IP, as it is often their most valuable asset. Whether it's through licensing agreements, joint ventures, or strategic alliances, businesses can unlock new opportunities and revenue streams by effectively leveraging their IP assets. By doing so, they not only protect their creations but also establish a solid foundation for sustainable growth and expansion.

One of the largest misconceptions surrounding IP is the cost and complexity of IP protection. Patents may seem expensive, there are cost-effective strategies for startups and small businesses to initiate their IP journey. By aligning IP initiatives with their budget and business goals, companies can embark on a path towards securing their innovations and creating a robust IP portfolio. It’s important to remember there are many forms of IP, including but not limited to:

  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Trade secrets
  • Trade dress
  • Design patents
  • Database rights

Because of the diversity of forms of IP, David asserts that businesses need to adopt a comprehensive approach to IP protection. By understanding the full spectrum of IP assets available to them, companies can capitalize on a wide range of opportunities, from licensing their technology to safeguarding their brand identity, thereby enhancing their market position and value proposition.

As with any sector of business, the IP landscape is evolving every single day. As such, companies need to embrace IP for deal-driven growth. IP is not just a legal matter but a strategic imperative for businesses seeking to thrive in a competitive environment. By integrating IP considerations into their deal-making processes, companies can forge mutually beneficial partnerships, expand their market reach, and capitalize on new revenue streams.

Because of the transformative potential of IP in driving business growth, entrepreneurs are empowered to harness their creativity and innovation to achieve sustainable success. By embracing a proactive and strategic approach to IP, companies can navigate the complexities of the IP landscape and capitalize on the myriad opportunities available to them, ultimately propelling their growth trajectory and solidifying their position in the market.

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Corey Kupfer is an expert strategist, negotiator, and dealmaker. He has more than 35 years of professional deal-making and negotiating experience. Corey is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, consultant, author, and professional speaker. He is deeply passionate about deal-driven growth. He is also the creator and host of the DealQuest Podcast.
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