Getting to grips with intellectual property (IP) can seem daunting for fledgling FinTech companies just pushing off the starting blocks. However, it’s a step that early-stage businesses, looking to disrupt the market with the latest innovation, cannot afford to overlook.
The IP needs of disruptive companies are different from those of the industry incumbent, but are no less important. Having a well-formed IP strategy is not only vital to protecting the technical innovation at the heart of many FinTechs’ disruptive aspirations, it also plays a critical role in helping startups prove themselves worthy of funding, as investors assess the company’s prospects and exactly what they are getting for their money. Moreover, for founders looking towards their eventual exit, a strong IP portfolio will go a long way towards making a company attractive to potential buyers.