IP Guide for SMEs

Modern SMEs

Internet Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship: Barriers and Keys To Success

ICT for SMEs

Internet Power

Customer-focused Website

Social Media Marketing

Small Business Growth Strategies


Guidelines on Technology Management for SMEs

Enterprise survey and technology auditing

Formulation of a Technology Strategy

Technology-driven Business Strategy


Competitive Excellence

Why is IP Relevant to Your SME?

IP for Competitiveness and Development

Why is IP Critical to Marketing of Your Products?

How Can IP Enhance the Market Value of Your SME?

How Can IP Enhance Export Opportunities?

Case Studies


Business Financing

Using IP Assets to Finance Your Business


IP Management

Primer on IPR

Start-Up Company's IP Strategies

Managing Intellectual Assets of Your SME

Auditing Your IP

Developing IP Strategy

How Can Your SME Acquire and Maintain IPR?

Protecting the IPR of Your SME Abroad

Protecting Trade Secrets of Your SME

Licensing of IPR


Protecting Your Business Name

Why Trademarks are Relevant to Your SME?

Trademark Registration


Using Patent Information

Turning Your Inventions into Profit-making Assets

Procedures for the Grant and Maintenance

Utility Models

Protecting Innovations by Utility Models


How Can Your SME Benefit from Copyright

Resolving Disputes

How To Resolve Disputes Related to IP?



Skjerven, Morill and MacPerson from San Jose, CA, and Saratoga Venture Finance suggest the following disciplinary steps to protect your start-up company's intellectual property (IP)

Disciplinary Steps to Protect a Start-up Company's IP

  1. Have all employees sign upon first day of employment an "Employee Proprietary and Confidential Information Agreement". It will help keep the company's secrets secret.

  2. Install and enforce a written patent notebook procedure. It will strengthen your company's claims that its intellectual property is very valuable, as well as improve chances of obtaining desired patents.

  3. Issue to all of the company's technical staff written patent notebook recordkeeping instructions. Be sure your people respect the importance of these instructions.

  4. Be sure your VP of engineering strictly manages the issuing and tracking of all notebooks given to the technical staff.

  5. Keep on hand a good stock of the kind of notebooks commonly found in stationery stores.

  6. Issue to all employees and all managers Confidential Disclosure Agreements that cover the following areas and instruct them to use the documents in dealing with non-employees:

  1. START-UP, INC., and a third party exchanging confidential information.

  2. START-UP, INC., receiving confidential information from a third party.

  3. START-UP, INC., disclosing confidential information to a third party.

  1. Require that your VP of finance and administration issue and control all Confidential Disclosure Agreements.

  1. Prepare a document called "Submission of Inventions and Suggestions" for the use of third parties, typically non-employees but also often non-technical employees of START-UP, INC.

  2. Prepare and "Invention Disclosure" form that will clearly identify the holder of any proprietary information that START-UP, INC., may be interested in using or developing.