Startups Revolution Conference @ Columbia University
Oct 13 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Emma Arakelyan is speaking as the panel moderator at this conference and she is also sponsoring the event.

Startups from any industry and from Armenia and from any other country are invited in person (registration will be required and more information to come later this week) or attending via live stream globally.

The conference titled “The Startup Revolution: What are your rights and how to protect them” is being organized by U.S. Armenian Bar Association and sponsored by Orion Worldwide Innovations, LLC.

This inaugural program will bring together leaders in the field of Intellectual Property Law from the United States, Canada, Armenia, Russia and Australia to share their knowledge and #expertise with the startup #ecosystems of #Armenia and beyond. The program will be submitted for #accreditation.

Topics to be covered during four dedicated panels: 1. Establishing and growing your startup #practice; 2. How to protect your #IntellectualProperty; 3. Challenges and opportunities facing #startups in Armenia; 4. How to #protect your #TradeSecrets and the #BestPractices in #IPLitigation.

The event will close with a reception with wine and #ArmenianBrandy tasting.

Columbia University,  New York City

The StartUp Revolution: What Are Your Rights and How to Protect Them


8:30 A.M. – 9:30 A.M. – Registration and breakfast

9:30 A.M. – 9:45 a.m. – Opening Remarks – Souren A. Israelyan, Esq.

10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

Establishing and growing your startup practice

Topics covered:

  • Organizational formation, types of organizations (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joints ventures), subsidiaries, cross-border entities
  • Brand identification and protection
  • Developing and protecting business trade secrets
  • Non-disclosure, non-compete, non-circumvention agreements
  • Special considerations for IT startups
  • Special consideration for non-for-profit startups
  • Typical agreements with customers/vendors/employees
  • Online terms for websites, apps and social media pages
  • Privacy policies
  • Setting your data strategy and establishing data practices
  • Aligning business partners
  • Maintaining transparency
  • The role of digital assets in today’s business environment
  • Business and personal digital assets
  • Steps to keep control

11:15 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. – Midmorning break

11:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.

how to protect your intellectual property

topics covered:

  • What is and is not intellectual property
  • How to protect intellectual property
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Patents
  • Licensing
  • Outsourcing
  • Open source options
  • Customs and practices of engagement with startups
  • International protection of intellectual property
  • In-house counsel perspectives

12:45 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. – Lunch break

2:00 P.M. – 3:15 P.M.

challenges and opportunities facing startups in armenia

Moderator: Emma Arakelyan

topics covered:

  • Commercialization of intellectual property
  • Raising capital for startups
  • Initial public offerings, initial coin offerings, crowdfunding, etc.
  • Ecosystem of IT startups in Armenia
  • Marketing and entry into market
  • Global reach of Armenian startups
  • Mergers and acquisitions involving startups
  • Success stories
  • Emerging opportunities
  • Challenges ahead
  • New frontiers

3:15 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. – Midafternoon break

3:30 P.M. – 4:45 P.M.

How to protect your trade secrets

and the Best practices in IP litigation

Why startups need to know

topics covered:

  • Protection of trade secrets in global cyber world
  • Defense of Trade Secrets Act, what you need to know
  • Trade secret misappropriation
  • Current environment of threats and proactive cybersecurity management
  • Cybersecurity regulation and enforcement
  • Breach of cybersecurity and crisis management
  • Legal obligations arising from attacks
  • E-Discovery hosting and review tools
  • Recent Supreme Court decisions affecting IP practice
  • Evolving legal standards and practices
  • Best practices in IP litigation

4:45 P.M. –     Closing Remarks

Armenian Wine and Armenian Brandy tasting

Speaking at EY Long Island PWN Event – January 14, 2021 @ EY Office in Long Island
Jan 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Speaking at EY Long Island PWN Event - January 14, 2021 @ EY Office in Long Island

Emma Arakelyan is invited to speak at EY Long Island’s Professional Women’s Network (PWN) Event on January 14, 2021.
The event is sponsored by EY Long Island PWN and all women from all service lines are invited.
Emma will cover key messages from her book “The Business Caring Formula” about building leadership lifestyle using seven key ingredients of the caring formula (visit for details).

The is Emma’s second speech at EY about leadership and building strong women leaders in the firm.

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