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4 Steps to Better Protect Your Ideas

This story appears in the February 2016 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Of the scores of items that VCs review, the one that they often care most about -- after a solid business plan, of course -- is intellectual property (IP). It’s a startup’s most valuable asset, and the companies that bake IP protection into their businesses from the start make for more attractive investments. But IP is more than just a patent or registered trademark. I’ve outlined four additional -- and simple -- steps you should take to protect, preserve and enhance this asset.


1. IP-assignment and nondisclosure agreements

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