In July 2017 while sat on a bench at Harvard University, I received a call from two friends who had just left their jobs to run their own company.

They had a fantastic concept but they had no idea about how to protect it. As a startup, they wanted to raise funds, find partners, and contact administrative bodies, which led them to inadvertently expose their project when they wanted to keep it a secret.

Those two friends stressed that using confidentiality agreements quickly discouraged potential business partners. At the same time, even before turning to the national or international IP institutions, all of the steps that would have been necessary to register their creations seemed complex, time-consuming, and financially burdensome. The idea of IPLocked was born. 

Brahima Soukouna