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Cooley developed this resource to empower entrepreneurs and growth companies with information to help make informed decisions about patent protection and strategy. Below you will find tools, tip sheets and articles that are organized by life cycle stage, from seed to exit.


Invention Disclosure Form

Form to document your invention

Patent Evaluation Form: If and Where to File

Worksheet to help determine where to file for patent protection

IP Review Committee Charter

Charter template to set up an IP review committee

Tip Sheets

Preparing for Your First Patent Meeting

Guidance to prepare for your first meeting with a patent lawyer

Preparing for IP Diligence

Guidance to prepare for a third-party IP diligence

Issues That Will Likely Be Examined by Investors

Guidance to get your patent portfolio in order

Patent Considerations for Startups

What to consider when thinking through your patent needs

Best Practices for Filing Your Own Provisional Patent

Guidance to file your own provisional patent application


Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Property

Learn how and when to use intellectual property rights to protect your IP

Frequently Asked Questions: Provisional Patent Applications

Overview on provisional applications and filing process

Patenting AI: What You Should Know

Considerations for pursuing patent protection for AI inventions

What You Need to Know About Patents

Overview of patent types, benefits and how to obtain a patent for your intellectual property

Can You Patent Your Software?

Overview of patent eligibility of software and methods

How to Protect Your Invention in Multiple Countries 

Considerations for protecting your invention globally

Should You Invest in Foreign Patent Protection

Considerations when deciding where to file for patent protection

Utility Patents and Utility Patent Applications

Overview on utility patents and application process

What Do You Absolutely Need in Your Contractor Agreements?

Key information to include in your contractor agreements

What You Should Know About Patents in the UK and Europe  

Considerations for protecting your invention in Europe

Who Owns What: Assignment and Ownership of Patents and Applications

Importance of patent ownership and assignment considerations

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