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Forming a Start Up

Mar. 8  from 11:30 a.m. -1:00p.m. at NACET.  Choosing the correct business entity right from the beginning can help avoid time-consuming and costly changes in the future. Choosing a type of entity for your new venture depends on a number of considerations, including business needs and tax considerations.

Intellectual Property (IP) rights can be irreversibly lost early while attention is given to start-up issues. Identifying every IP opportunity, including protectable patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyright assets and steps that can be taken to protect them (without a budget) may be key to maximizing your company’s asset value.

This seminar will review what type of entity may be right for different types of businesses and will provide guidance on protecting your IP assets without it costing an arm and a leg.

About Your Instructors

Ron Kisicki is a registered Patent Attorney, a Partner with the firm of Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLP and is admitted to practice law in the states of Arizona, New York and Michigan. He has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer, working with clients regarding patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters including obtaining worldwide patent and trademark protection, providing strategic IP portfolio planning, licensing and commercialization of technology, portfolio evaluation, litigation and counseling.


Greg Gribben is a partner with the law firm of Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP, in the firm’s Business & Finance Department. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Arizona and New York. His practice is focused in the areas of corporate finance, securities and venture capital. This practice includes the representation of issuers in public and private offerings of securities and venture capital transactions. He assists clients in structuring company formation and capitalization, and in negotiations with equity and debt providers. With over 18 years of experience, he has represented both corporate buyers and sellers in asset, stock and merger transactions. He also counsels businesses with corporate governance and compliance issues.




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