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Friday, March 13 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Protecting Great Ideas Without Stifling Innovation

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The Internet is a sharing economy of information and ideas. In today’s digital age, how do we protect intellectual property without stifling innovation? Noncompete agreements are limited in California, Colorado and Oklahoma, but many tech companies around the U.S. rely on them as a method of protecting intellectual assets and business interests. In the fast-paced startup world, are these agreements still relevant? Many argue to move the tech industry forward, we must promote unbridled entrepreneurship - a notion that conflicts with boundaries in a noncompete, which prevent employees from spinning ideas into new companies. The conversation extends beyond tech; life sciences, engineering, and nonprofits struggle to toe the line of protection and innovation. This panel will bring together a diverse group of experts to discuss economic and business impacts of noncompetes and intellectual property laws, and how companies should look to protect great ideas in a world of rapid innovation.

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Tom Erickson

CEO, Acquia
Tom is a founding director of Acquia, working with co-founders Dries Buytaert and Jay Batson to develop the company’s open source commercialization model and recruit the early team members. Tom joined Acquia as CEO in 2009, following the sale of Tele Atlas to TomTom, where he had... Read More →
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Michael McGurk

Partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP
Michael McGurk, a partner with the intellectual property law firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, has more than 25 years of experience in IP matters involving all aspects of patent law. His practice includes due diligence matters; opinion work; global portfolio... Read More →
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Ravi Viswanathan

General Partner, New Enterprise Associates Inc
Ravi Viswanathan General Partner
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C.A. Webb

Execu Dir, New England Venture Capital Association
C.A. Webb is the Executive Director of the New England Venture Capital Association. She has spent her career in entrepreneurial roles with mission driven, early stage and high growth organizations. Her career has focused on breakthrough business models in a diverse array of industries... Read More →

Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Austin Texas Ballroom 2-3

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