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also learned that "it's good to be specific and
narrow down your invention to the most
important part.
"I wish I would have known what to
capture in a patent," she says. "We tried to
capture everything, and that gets you a lot of
pushback from the patent office."
Her advice for new entrepreneurs is to
give plenty of thought to their business model
and what they want to sell. "From there," she
says, "make sure they patent the most relevant
thing for making that sale, and once they
know what they should patent, try working
with a flat-fee group like Run8 Patent Group,
a patent group that caters to start-ups."
In preparing to work with an attorney, she
says clear communication is the key: "Your
legal group can't help you if you don't have
clear drawings, images and thoughts about
your investment."

Despina Papadopoulos is founder and
CEO of Principled Design, a design
and development studio based in New
York City specializing in wearable
technology and e-textile solutions.

Despina Papadopoulos didn't realize in the
early stages of her company that IP protection is
a long process, and one that has different stages.
"We were lucky to have two great lawyers, one
corporate and one patent lawyer, who really
understood our work and were able to guide
us and represent us when we were having
conversations around partnerships and sharing
IP, and when we were filing for patents," she
says. "Finding the right people that you can
connect with and that really understand what
your work is about is crucial."
She would tell new entrepreneurs to have
resilience. "Really believe in your product or

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