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53rd CHIZAI (IP) Seminar

On January 19, NEDO Silicon Valley hosted an in-person seminar titled “Unlocking the Hidden Value of IP Assets in Early-Stage Technology Startups” at the recently inaugurated “Japan Innovation Campus (JIC)”, serving as a hub connecting entrepreneurs, investors, and supporters. This event was part of the Bay Area CHIZAI (IP) Seminar Series.


Jeffrey Bartholomew

James Pooley

Steve Krawczyk

Ron Laurie (Moderator)

This CHIZAI seminar showcased an interactive roundtable discussion led by four seasoned IP (Intellectual Property) professionals that outlined a multi-step methodology for maximizing the contribution of “inchoate intellectual capital assets” to the enterprise value of early-stage tech companies. The outlined steps included:

Step 1 – Identifying and cataloging the key IP value-drivers;

Step 2 – Establishing an integrated legal protection plan for patentable inventions, trade secrets, proprietary data and brands;

Step 3 – Valuing the IP assets, both individually and collectively; and

Step 4 – Communicating to prospective investors and potential corporate acquirers, the contribution of the IP assets to both current and future enterprise value.

During the seminar, we delved into the crucial aspects of identifying what makes your company special -its valuable intellectual capital- and the essential practices of managing and protecting it from various legal risks. This necessitates an educational approach, guiding you or your colleagues to acquire the proper knowledge of IP.

Furthermore, our discussions extended to the evaluation of IP from early-stage tech startups, emphasizing its capacity to generate future value. This is in contrast to traditional IP evaluation methods, which is characterized by a retrospective and risk-adjusted approach.

We express our profound gratitude to our exceptional speakers and extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who attended.

We look forward to seeing you at our next event!


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