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Starting a Business

Why Patents Won't Protect You

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In this Inside the Incubators series, investors at NYU Poly's incubator in lower Manhattan offer tips for growth.

Brian Cohen, an early investor in Pinterest, says entrepreneurs should get over their fears of being ripped off. It's a misnomer that patents will protect you, he says. If you've got a great idea, someone will copy you. But just because someone copies you, that doesn't mean they understand your vision, your plan or your customers, he says. Listen to more in this video interview. 

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