For High-Growth Businesses

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You: Entrepreneur, Innovator, Executive...

… and about two dozen more titles and a hundred more responsibilities. 

You want to change the world, and you’re pulling long hours and putting your money, reputation, and sometimes even your family at risk.  And now you’ve made it far enough to see over the horizon.  But, what you see concerns you.  The competition.  That employee or contractor who left suddenly — or angrily.  That buyer who just toured your facility (was he taking pictures?).  Something’s in the back of your mind, and now you’re concerned with how to keep others from stealing your tech and your customers (or worse, you’re sick as you are watching your dreams be stolen right in front of you). Especially:

  • if you are using a new, innovative product or service to grow your business …
  • if you are about to talk to about it with a supplier, manufacturer, or customer (heck, with anyone), or …
  • if you just discovered someone using your ideas or brand to steal money that belongs in your pocket …
    …then you’ve arrived at the right place. I built my practice for you.

As an entrepreneur with profitable, patent-backed exits and an inventor with patents, my journey may mirror your own in some ways.

Now, you are just a few minutes away from discovering how to protect your business and the work you’ve invested in it, and how to leverage that protection to the end-goals you’re looking for, including more sales, higher profits, funding, licensing, and more — maybe even an IPO or acquisition.

Whether this is your first business that’s taken off, or your tenth trip around the block, you’ve found the right place for you and your intellectual property. Since starting my first business and receiving the first patent, there have been some nice successes, and, yes, some painful failures. Now, I roll all of what I’ve learned into making my law practice the right fit for business leaders like you. My goal for you is that you experience all the joys of success – emotional and financial – without the pain of failure and loss.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

 

You Need a System
By taking arrows in my back and stepping on traps (too many) during my early days, I’ve learned a few things. Over time I’ve developed an eye for unique innovation, learned how to ask the right questions, and built systems that I use to protect and monetize my client’s ideas. 

Since you’re here, I know you’re full of energy, and ready to start doing something real with your idea. And, whether this is your first effort or your fiftieth, I’m confident that we can help you on your journey. Your journey is my mission: I help game-changers — inventors and entrepreneurs like you — turn your ideas and knowledge into assets you’ll use to bring your dreams to the world to change it, while saving you months of frustration and thousands of dollars.

My Journey Began as a Wide-Eyed Inventor

So, you may want to know a little about me?

You already know that I’m an entrepreneur.

My story starts back when in high school, mowing lawns, walking dogs and even cleaning houses when the grass wasn’t growing.  Fast forward 20 years later and my business portfolio included a pet store, licensing practice and software startup. 

That’s when the trouble began . . .

Probably a lot like you, I wasn’t rich, and so I sought angel funding.  My angel investor would guide me through what was then a new, confusing, and challenging process.

Like most startup entrepreneurs, I was cash-poor but had faith, energy, and a passion for bringing a cool idea to market. The enthusiasm was gripping(!) — the business kept me up long nights for weeks!

So, I gambled, and took all the money I had and turned my primary source of income over to a colleague.

My Journey Began as a Wide-Eyed Inventor

So, you may want to know a little about me?

You already know that I’m an entrepreneur.

My story starts back when in high school, mowing lawns, walking dogs and even cleaning houses when the grass wasn’t growing.  Fast forward 20 years later and my business portfolio included a pet store, licensing practice and software startup. 

That’s when the trouble began . . .

Probably a lot like you, I wasn’t rich, and so I sought angel funding.  My angel investor would guide me through what was then a new, confusing, and challenging process.

Like most startup entrepreneurs, I was cash-poor but had faith, energy, and a passion for bringing a cool idea to market. The enthusiasm was gripping(!) — the business kept me up long nights for weeks!

So, I gambled, and took all the money I had and turned my primary source of income over to a colleague.

Lisa Lloyd

Lisa Lloyd

Funded on Shark Tank

Really, really good at patents! Beyond patents, Steve understands the business world

Brad Taylor

Brad Taylor

Funded Startup ,Acquired by Fortune 500

Steve has impeccable skills, and a love of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Rod Martian

Rod Martian

Took Business Public (NASDQ)

Steven has consistently produced tremendous ideas and results.You will never find better.

Steve Goes For Broke, and is Nearly Broken
 

You’re probably shaking your head right now and thinking that was crazy. . . . well, it was.

To make a long story short, that ‘angel’ investor liked my idea so much he tried to steal my company!

In fact, he even had a practiced strategy in place to steal it.  

In the end, the chance to bring that dream to the market, and the money and years and dreams . . . were lost. 

Frustrated, embarrassed, broke, angry, and feeling powerless, sitting at an old office desk near Dallas, Texas, I resolved to crawl out of that hole. It was personal — no one should feel that way.

It became my personal crusade to ‘figure out’ the intellectual property laws confronting entrepreneurs better than anyone else, and to guide others in the same boat.  Today, I devote my career to helping spare others from those same feelings.

To right the wrong, a few years later it was my privilege to be part of another startup: Proxomo Software.  

This time, things turned out differently: four short years later we were acquired by Lucent Mobile (by the way — it feels really good to have an exit worth talking about, and to read a press release with your name on it).  

Of course, not every business has been successful (not by a long shot).  So, every day my palms sweat and my heart beats hard with the excitement of waking up and doing business on another new day.  It’s part of being a professional, and an innovative entrepreneur.

Through all this experience – my own and by helping clients – I’ve picked up on a few tricks: things very few (if any) patent or intellectual property attorneys know, and put them together in systems you should know more about . . .

Today: Helping Business Owners and Executives Like You

Since my rocky start, hundreds of businesses have benefited from these systems.  Today, ‘my’ business clients have received funding, been acquired, licensed products and successfully discourages competitors (and former employees). And, maybe you’re story will be added to this list?

Today, in addition to identifying the traps you want to avoid, you’ll learn ‘the right way’ to create innovative businesses and capture intellectual property value.  Do yourself a favor and avoid my long, expensive path!

 

Where Will Your Journey Take You?

Maybe you’ve crafted a solution to a big problem that the world (and its markets) just must to solve? Maybe in a moment of desperation or necessity, you or your engineering team have tapped the ‘inner MacGyver’ [a really cool fictional inventor who saves the world with duct tape and a Swiss army knife] and developed a creative solution that can help others? You know deep inside that your idea has the potential to become something that will both help mankind, and help you find joy and enjoy the financial rewards of providing it. But, like me a few years ago, you probably don’t know where to start.

Your New Opportunity

There’s a maze of issues that make the difference between unusually good success, and, well, just barely making it.

 

So, let’s focus on success. One client (pictured right) used their patent portfolio to achieve solid seven-figure bank funding. Others, such as Frisco, TX based SmartSort used their portfolio to receive a Private Placement. The positive outcomes take many forms, but they all have one bottleneck in common: the requirement of a great IP Portfolio that survives (and impresses) due-diligence snipers.

Creative ideas and imagination transcend economic cycles and make almost anything possible!

You may feel overwhelmed and confused by all there is to learn, and the horror stories you’ve heard about or seen in the media.  

But, isn’t the real question what will happen to your business — and what will your life be like — if you don’t take action and get started now? 

And, of course, I’ve got a lot more you can read about at my Blog by Clicking here.