John Lindsay is a patent attorney with a practice focusing on software and electronics inventions. John is an engineer turned intellectual property attorney, having a hands-on background in the field. Recently he developed a driver behavior monitoring application (yes, it's patent pending). He is also the chair of a Dallas sensor and IoT tech group. His background helps achieve a better understanding of clients' inventions.
Why did you get involved with Dallas Startup Week?
As an attorney, I hear many inaccuracies about the law and speak with people after critical mistakes are made. Dallas Startup Week is a chance for myself and colleagues to present to businesses earlier in the process to minimize mistakes that could be made and to dispel myths.
What was your favorite thing about Dallas Startup Week?
During the ask-a-lawyer event, a founder was initially resolute on taking a high risk/low reward approach that could be easily avoided. Myself and other panelists suggested against it and some alternate paths. He didn't seem receptive but after the event thanked me for the potential time and money saved.
What should attendees look forward to when attending events in your track?
We'll be presenting on some of the legal issues in startups such as agreements/disagreement among co-founders, intellectual property considerations, and venture capital deal terms.
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