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What Every Small Business Needs to Know About Intellectual Property

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

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If your small business is not in the life sciences or high technology industry, then you may think that your company has no intellectual property that you should be concerned about.  However, the reality is that most small businesses today have intellectual property, regardless of the industry that they are in.

This program was created to educate small businesses on what types of intellectual property they may have in their business and some of the issues that they need to be aware of.  Program highlights include explaining what constitutes a copyrightable work, common copyright issues that arise for small businesses, how to ensure that you own the rights in design materials that you have developed, and  how to protect your business ideas and plans.  The program is primarily intended for business owners who have a “low tech” business and are not regularly dealing with intellectual property issues in their company,  so no prior knowledge of intellectual property is assumed.

Kristie Web image (3)The speaker for this event is Kristie Prinz, the Managing Principal of the intellectual property and e-commerce boutique law firm, The Prinz Law Office, located in Silicon Valley, CA, who has extensive experience in working with entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and small businesses in the Silicon Valley.

Ms. Prinz is a frequent speaker and media contributor on intellectual property-related issues.  Her media interviews and appearances include Dow Jones, CNN Radio, American Public Radio’s “Marketplace,” IP360, California Lawyer, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, and Sky Radio.  She also authors the California Biotech Law Blog and the Silicon Valley IP Licensing Law Blog, and has been a regular contributor to the “Ask the Lawyer” column on intellectual property law for

Ms. Prinz is an active member of the American Bar Association, where she serves as Chair of both the Programs and VOIP Committees of the Science and Technology Section.  She is also active in the Cyberspace Committee of the ABA and California State Bar’s Business Sections and in the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, where she recently finished a three-year term as a member of the board of directors.  Her other activities include currently serving on the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Chapter of Licensing Executives Society.  Ms. Prinz previously served as chair of the ABA’s Copyright Licensing Subcommittee for the Intellectual Property Law Section, and has served multiple terms on the Copyright Law and Corporate IP Management Committees for the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Ms. Prinz graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Furman University, and she is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law.

Time: approximately 33 minutes.

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