Nexus entrepreneurs learn about intellectual property rights

The third week of the Nexus pre-incubation program focused on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The startups received a week-long training on IPR and were provided with tools and resources to protect them.

On February 21 Essenese Obhan, founding partner of Obhan & Associates and Komal Kalha, senior counsel at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), conducted a session on IPR issues faced by startups. The session covered patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and began with explaining the concepts related to IPR, and why it is important for startups to understand IPR at an early stage. Later in the week the speakers focused on how startups can achieve IPR protection and the best IPR strategies for startups.

Entrepreneurs came away with a deeper awareness of why and how they must constantly protect their intellectual property to successfully build their venture.

Industry Experts

Mr. Obhan leads the Intellectual Property team at Obhan & Associates with extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting patents. He is a frequent speaker on patent protection and enforcement issues across the country and abroad, and conducts customized IP training modules for companies.

Komal Kalha is a policy and legal advisor on all aspects of intellectual property for India and other South Asian countries. Ms. Kalha holds a BSc and LLB (Hons) from the National University of Juridical Sciences, Calcutta, India, and an LLM in IP from the George Washington Law School, Washington D.C.

Every Wednesday during the ten-week pre-incubation program, Nexus calls in industry experts for practical sessions on different aspects of business. These sessions are highly interactive and provide direct market and industry access to Nexus startups.