Past Events

Copyright and Trademark Strategies for Startups

What Every Start-Up Needs to Know About Copyright, Trademark and Trade Secrets

Gina Culbert from Merchant & Gould, PC knows all about it! Come hear a primer on the key concepts of copyright, trademark and trade secrets that every start-up needs to know in order to avoid infringement and protect its intellectual property.

Sponsored By:

Merchant and Gould Icogenex Bioincubator

Friday, December 6, 2013

Icogenex Bioincubator
454 North 34th Street
Seattle, WA 98013

1:00-2:00 p.m. Presentation
2:00-2:30 p.m. Q&A and Networking
2:30-4:00 p.m. One-On-One Meetings
4:00-6:00 p.m. Happy Hour


This seminar will cover what types of information is covered by which of these IP regimes, principles of ownership, transfer and license, how to protect by contract, written agreement and license, costs of obtaining registration and infringement, and steps to take to avoid infringement and strategies for maximizing protection while preserving scarce capital resources.

Some of the questions that will be answered by this seminar include:

  • Is computer software, mathematical formulas or expression of genetic code covered by copyright?
  • Who owns the intellectual property if you hire a contractor to develop materials and how is ownership transferred?
  • How do you know what materials you can use in order to avoid copyright infringement?
  • How does trademark differ from copyright and trade secrets? How do you obtain a trademark in the U.S. and abroad?
  • If you have trade secrets, what steps other than non-disclosure agreements should you take to protect them?
  • What should you do if you get a cease and desist letter from someone?


Gina Culbert is senior counsel at Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm. She has over twenty-five years of litigation experience in matters including ownership of IP in software, website design, co-development situations, theft of trade secrets, patent, trademark and copyright infringement. Her experience includes jury verdicts in favor of her clients, and obtaining preliminary injunctions against competitors infringing her clients' intellectual property. She is former Chair of the King County IP Section, and a member of the IP Inn of Court.

Past Events

March 25, 2015 Roche Research Technologies
February 11, 2015 The Business Science of Startups
November 20, 2014 Scientific Product Show
May 21, 2014 VWR Vendor Show and Luncheon!
February 20, 2014 The Pitfalls of Startup Valuation
January 22, 2014 Creating Your Business Plan: The Roadmap to Success
December 6, 2013 Copyright and Trademark Strategies for Startups
October 24, 2013 Playing By The Numbers
September 25, 2013 How Choice of Entity Affects Equity Fundraising
June 27, 2013 Intellectual Property Presentation and Meetings
January 15, 2013 Free Lab Supply Giveaway
April 17, 2012 WBBA Resources to Help Your Company Succeed