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Getting the Most from your Good Idea: the importance of intellectual property law for innovators

Entrepreneurial success depends on any number of ingredients, but all sound start-ups have one thing in common: a good idea. To safeguard this crucial element, early-stage companies must act—and act early—to protect their unique knowledge. By securing a patent, innovators gain the legal tool with which to protect their intellectual property. Drawing on both industry and legal expertise, burgeoning businesses can take proper action when a competitor infringes on their intellectual property, and are also able to avoid hot water due to infringement on others' patents.

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Thomas R. Burton, III

Member / Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Tom Burton has helped to shape the clean energy industry by drawing on his passion for innovation. As a Mintz attorney, Tom counsels investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 100 companies. He also guides start-up organizations and accelerators to foster the next generation of energy leaders.