How to Navigate the Intellectual Property Landscape

November 4, 2013
Hosted by Brendan Anderson and Jeffrey Kadlic

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As a business owner, it can be confusing where to start when it comes to Intellectual Property or IP as it is more commonly known. Even the technical definition does not provide a whole lot of clarity: a work or invention that is the result of creativity to which one has rights and for which one may apply for a patent, copyright, trademark, etc. On this episode of The Second Stage we will discuss what IP is and how you determine if you need to protect it. Is your logo your IP? How about that phrase or tagline you commonly associate with your business? And once you determine “what” your IP is, the type of protection you need is the next question. Do you need a copyright, patent or trademark? IP can be a crucial part of your business; join us as we discuss what, how and when you should begin thinking about it.

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Brendan Anderson and Jeffrey Kadlic

Brendan Anderson and Jeffrey Kadlic

Brendan Anderson has spent the past 20 years as an investor and manager of businesses ranging from manufacturing to financial services. Fascinated by the capital gap within the small business growth sector, he rapidly came to the conclusion that providing best practices in addition to growth capital could consistently produce great results for the management, employees, communities, and investors. He is an active member and mentor within Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and is continuously entrenched in its culture of best practices.

Jeffrey Kadlic spent the first 10 years of his career making private investments in an institutional setting. Early success was achieved in large part to an entrepreneurial mindset within a corporate culture. While practicing as an institutional investor, working in and around dynamic small businesses, he recognized that growing small businesses needed more than just an influx of cash to scale operations. Leveraging corporate practices within an entrepreneurial setting, in addition to the capital, was the best way to achieve great performance.

Brendan and Jeffrey are both alumni of Crain’s Forty under 40 and E and Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalists.

Connected by their passion for growing small companies, in 2005, Anderson and Kadlic partnered to co-found Evolution Capital Partners, focused exclusively on advising and investing growth capital in Second Stage Companies. Evolution and its companies recognized on the Inc.500 5000.

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