Starting a Company: Intellectual Property

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When starting a company, one of your most important assets is your intellectual property and it must be protected. Your patent will give you exclusive rights in any products or services covered by the patent, which means that you have the right to prevent anyone else from making, using, selling, or importing the covered invention.

Join Senior Patent Counsel Kenneth Sibley of Carbon Inc. for our continuing small business and entrepreneurship themed mini-series to guide you through the complicated process of starting a company. Discover more about the basics of intellectual property law and the different types of patents you can pursue to protect your important products and discoveries.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Entrepreneurial Specialist Jim Skinner of ACS SCHB with a special introduction by 2021 ACS President H.N. Cheng and co-produced by ACS staff, governance, committees, and technical divisions specializing in serving our industry members.

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of intellectual property, how it must be protected, and the importance of filing date
  • What are the pros and cons of a patent filing or a provisional patent 
  • What are the various types of patents and what is Freedom to Operate



Kenneth Sibley
Associate General Counsel,
Patents and IP, Carbon, Inc. 

Benji Jones
Corporate Attorney,
Innovate Capital Law  

H.N. Cheng
2020 ACS President

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