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BGD Partner Dan Boots Helps Startups Understand IP Basics


On Sept. 30, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner Dan Boots spoke about the fundamentals of intellectual property to members of Indianapolis startups during a recent lunch and learn at Launch Indy, a co-working space downtown Indianapolis.

The presentation, “What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You!” focused on four areas of the “IP Pie” – patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.

One important issue for startups and other businesses to understand involves when they own the copyright to an original work. Typically, the author of the work is the owner; however, there is an exception – when the original work is “work made for hire.” The original work is considered “work made for hire” when it’s prepared by the employee within the scope of his or her employment; or if a work is specially ordered or commissioned for use and the parties agree in writing that the work is considered work made for hire.

Businesses, especially startups, need to understand that when they hire a contractor to design or create a custom work, such as to write code, that it does not automatically mean the business owns the copyright or underlying IP rights.

BGD presents occasional lunch and learns at Launch Indy on relevant topics for startups and small businesses. These events have covered startup funding, legal issues for software contracts, and IP matters.

The law firm has been a proud sponsor of Launch Indy since it opened in September 2017. Launch Indy provides space for entrepreneurs and startups to flex their creative muscles and be part of a community, while also driving economic development.

Dan is a senior partner of BGD’s Intellectual Property and Technology group, concentrating his practice on counseling both emerging and established businesses in all areas of intellectual property.

BGD’s attorneys understand the needs of entrepreneurs and the companies – from raising capital and protecting IP to hiring and keeping qualified staff. Our attorneys provide knowledgeable and innovative business advice and legal counsel to help businesses minimize risks and achieve their business goals.

If you’d like to learn more about how BGD can help your business, contact Dan at or 317-968-5361.


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