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Intellectual Property: Creating Competitive Advantage

From Innovator to Entrepreneur

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Intellectual Property (IP) Strategy: Creating Competitive Advantage, is a 3.5-hour course that educates Founders/Entrepreneurs on a proven, practical framework for identifying and protecting Intellectual Property.

While IP is critically important to Innovators and Founders working to transform into Entrepreneurs it is often not high on the Founder/Innovator agenda and can be lost in the chaos of other activities. Founders/Innovators are struggling with multiple tasks from securing customers, managing demanding lead users, generating revenue and eventually profit, satisfying investors while raising new funds, recruiting, hiring and retaining key employees, and so forth. The one critical success factor often de-emphasized in this chaotic mix is IP.

Key benefits include:

1. Significant increase in valuation of business by protecting IP and creating exit opportunities.

2. Decrease in the risk to Entrepreneur/Investor investment.

Once you have completed this course you can have an informed discussion with your team and IP professionals (lawyers, tech transfer office). VentureForge will shortly be releasing a follow-on course called "The Intellectual Property Toolkit" that outlines a framework to use in creation of a practical IP strategy.

Disclaimer - Legal Information Is Not Legal Advice

This course provides information related to the law and lawyers designed to help students learn about intellectual property strategy and their potential legal needs. This course does not provide legal advice and VentureForge, LLC is not a law firm. We are not lawyers and do not provide legal advice. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend you find and consult an appropriate lawyer for your intellectual property legal needs.


Your Instructor


Stephen Di Biase
Stephen Di Biase

Dr. Stephen Di Biase is co-Founder and Managing Director for VentureForge, LLC. He is also the Founder and Owner of Premier Insights, LLC, an innovation practices consultancy, and co-Founder and Managing Director of VentureForge, LLC, an early stage accelerator working with startups to define their value proposition and describe it in quantitative financial terms and investors to locate well understood and assessed investments. He is a member of Cornerstone Angels, a Chicago-based angel investor group, served as the Chief Executive Officer of Laser Application Technologies, a high technology company delivering technology to the food service industry, is a Vistage Chair currently mentors CEOs of technology based startups, and is a past adjunct professor at Benedictine University.

Previously, Dr. Di Biase served as the Chief Scientific Officer of Elevance Renewable Sciences a high technology specialty chemicals company and as the Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer for the Research Development and Engineering Department at Diversey Inc. In these roles, he was responsible for technology innovation, research, development efforts, and technical resource management. Dr. Di Biase also served as interim Senior Vice President of Human Resources.

Before joining JohnsonDiversey, Dr. Di Biase spent 26 years with the Lubrizol Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including general management roles and Vice President – Research, Development and Engineering and Vice President – Emulsified Products. He is a 1974 graduate of St. John Fisher College with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and earning a doctorate degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1978.

Dr. Di Biase is also a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Mt. Union College and the Industrial Research Institute and sits on the Science Advisory Board for The Pennsylvania State University. He has served as chairman of The Lubrizol Foundation Scholarship Committee, Chairman of the Northeastern Ohio Section of the American Chemical Society, Board member of the Cleveland Area Research Directors (CARD) and in The Boy Scouts of America where he served in a variety of posts. Dr. Di Biase has been honored by The Pennsylvania State University College of Science with its 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award. He is also guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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