Season 2 Ep #7: Down in the Silicon Valley

  • Season 2 Ep #7: Down in the Silicon Valley

    This week on IP Goes Pop! fellow Volpe Koenig Shareholder Ryan O’Donnell joins co-hosts Michael Snyder and Joseph Gushue to explore the technical world of the TV show Silicon Valley, the intellectual property (IP) challenges faced by fictional compression algorithm company Pied Piper, and how realistic those challenges are to those of real world tech start-ups.

    Michael, Joe, and Ryan consider “what they could have done” in connection with the IP tropes presented through some of the IP-heavy Silicon Valley episodes. They compare and contrast what happens in the show with the way real-world start-ups approach similar scenarios. From patent clearance and licensing, to trademarks, to copyrights, to identifying the different legal entities involved in possible IP disputes, this podcast episode underscores how important it is to know your IP rights from the start of any venture.


01:48 Silicon Valley TV Show and premise

02:51 Show Characters

04:59 “Is Silicon Valley’s depiction of a tech start-up realistic?”

06:39 Season 4, Episode 3, IP Ownership and Clearance Issues

07:10 Episode Summary

08:56 Intellectual Property Discussion

11:06 “What can one do when an existing patent appears to broadly cover one’s ‘groundbreaking’ idea?”

15:32 Season 4, Episode 7, IP Licensing Issues

            16:21 Episode Summary

            18:45 Intellectual Property Discussion

24:25 Other Intellectual Property Issues in Silicon Valley

            24:25 Works Made for Hire

            26:21 Shop Rights

30:35 Wrap Up and Final Thoughts

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