Intellectual Property Rights and Laws for Startups

Startups need to work with various stakeholders like any other business entity. Stakeholders such as employees, consultants etc have access to important intellectual properties of the business on a regular basis. A startup that relies heavily on various intellectual property rights (IPR), must ensure that those intellectual properties (IP) are fairly protected. 

The Indian government has launched the Startup India campaign to encourage the youth of the nation to start their own businesses. However, the new innovations need protection to encourage others to think of newer ideas and put them into action. Under the same initiative, the Government of India has launched the Scheme for Facilitating Startups Intellectual Property Protection (SIPP) in January 2016. This scheme was launched in order to protect startup ideas and promote their IPR. 

Protecting one’s intellectual property can be highly challenging. This requires a thorough understanding of the rules of the game. This is not so simple for everyone to understand and act upon, especially at an early stage of their startup lifecycle.  

In the upcoming edition of Startup Saturday, we will talk about Software Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, NDAs, and Copyrights. Register now.

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Our speakers will cover software patents, what every startup should know about fundamentals of IPR - to survive and thrive and some typical business scenarios where IP can help.


About Headstart Startup Saturday:

Startup Saturday is Headstart Network Foundation's flagship event which sees over 1000 attendees every month (across India) come together to listen to talks and panel discussions by successful entrepreneurs, VCs, mentors and industry experts. Startup Saturday is organized on the second Saturday of every month by a team of super-passionate volunteers so that startup enthusiasts learn, get inspired and network with the best. Some of India's top startups (Ola, Flipkart, etc) made one of their first demos at a Startup Saturday.


Venkatesh Hariharan


Director - FinTech at iSPIRT, Director ABSL


Venkatesh Hariharan is Outreach Lead (India) for the Open Invention Network, the world's largest patent non-aggression network. OIN aims to reduce patent litigation around Linux and open source software. He has been actively involved in software patents policies since 2007.

He is also Director - Fintech at the Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRT), a non-profit think tank focused on building a software product ecosystem in India and member of the Governing Board of the Software Freedom Law Center, a law firm that represents the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities.

Mr. Hariharan has served as Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs with Google, and as Corporate Affairs Director for Red Hat in the Asia-Pacific region. He has worked on key policy issues like Internet regulations, open standards, software patents, open source in government, and Indian language computing.

He is a former Executive Editor of Express Computer and the first Indian to be selected for the prestigious Knight Science Journalism Fellowship (1998-99) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his fellowship at MIT, he investigated technologies that can be deployed for bridging the digital divide. He has written for leading Indian and international publications including MIT Technology Review, Upside, Slashdot, Economic Times, Times of India and many others.

Mr. Hariharan has delivered talks on technology and policy issues at World Foresight Forum, Open World Forum and at leading academic institutions like MIT, IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati, IIIT-Bangalore, IIM Bangalore and many others. Hariharan is interested in the intersection of technology, society and policy, with a specific focus on democratizing access to knowledge.

Subramaniam Vutha


Proprietor at Subramaniam Vutha & Associates


Mr. Subramaniam Vutha is the former senior vice president, legal, of Tata Infotech Ltd and of Schoolnet India Limited.

- Member, Computer Law Association, U.S.A.[now International Technology Law Association] a worldwide body of computer lawyers
- President & Member of the Board, Licensing Executives Society, India,
- First member of LES India to attend a Train-the-Trainer Program [at Tokyo] on Intellectual Asset Management, conducted by LES International
- Advisory Board Member, BNA International Inc., London’s earlier publication titled World Internet Law Report
- Lecturer on I T Laws at the University of Mumbai’s Department of Law, for LLM students
- Former Member, Working Group on TRIPS, Confederation of Indian Industries
- Former Co-Chairman, WTO & Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- Member of a Legal Advisory Group constituted by the Controller of Certifying Authorities, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India
- Member of the in-house counsel panel constituted by the erstwhile World e Business Law Report, London.
- Founder member of the Technology Law Forum, a forum dedicated to Building Bridges between Technology and the Law

Event Details

30 Jun, 2018
02:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Saahas 2/Dome 2, S P Jain Institute of Management and Research
Inside Bhavans College Campus, Munshi Nagar,
Dadabhai Road, Andheri West,
Mumbai - 400058

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