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Ann Arbor Spark and Aurora Consulting LLC
Ashley Sloat, Ph.D.
You have your big idea and now it’s time to breathe it into existence, but you need some help with the development. In our upcoming Ann Arbor SPARK, SPARK.ed webinar, we discuss everything you need to know before and during the course of engaging with an engineering firm. We’ll cover IP ownership, assignment from engineering firm inventors back to you, and how to avoid the traps of viral IP.
When going into a marriage with an engineering firm or dev group, divorce is an inevitable, but hopefully successful, conclusion. Both parties come to the relationship with existing assets – IP, software, prototypes, ideas, documentation, etc. More will be created collaboratively throughout the course of the relationship. But how do you ensure you exclusively get back out what you came with and also get what you contributed and uniquely paid for? For too many startups, these questions aren’t asked until it’s too late to avoid a very complicated breakup.
Join us in our discussion of responsible engagement with engineering firms and learn how to get your prenup in order!
About the instructor: Dr. Ashley Sloat is the President and Director of Patent Strategy at Aurora Consulting LLC. Ashley is a USPTO-registered patent practitioner who specializes in the development and management of patent portfolios for startup ventures and emerging growth companies. She takes a hands-on approach with each client partnering with Engineering and Management teams to intimately understand each client’s business competition and product vision. Armed with this knowledge, Ashley is able to increase the value of her clients’ patent portfolios while reducing overall legal costs.
About Aurora: We specialize in working with early stage life science, medical device, digital health, and software companies to develop valuable patent portfolios through highly tailored comprehensive strategies. We scale with our clients’ needs and deeply understand the nuances of technology and patent strategy and how to tie them effectively to business objectives. We are responsive, accessible, and we move at the speed of startup. Learn more: https://www.aurorapatents.com/
SPARK.ed Patenting Series
Aurora is partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to deliver a three part SPARK.ed series addressing the most common patent questions that arise from startups. This is Part 3.
Founders, inventors, and investors looking to understand how to protect their IP when working with development partners.