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  • Writer's pictureRobert Adelson

IP Ownership as Leverage for Founder Equity Negotiations

One week ago yesterday, on Sunday May 28, 2023, CEOWorld magazine published an article I wrote on “IP Ownership as Leverage for Founder Equity Negotiations.”

This new article is designed for CEOs and C-level executives, who are also company founders, who have relinquished control of the company in favor of greater growth but where you now find yourself out-lawyered by investors, ending up with terms that result in loss of much of the equity value you expected to receive and hold.

This article discusses how intellectual property that you developed, that has in the past and continues to form an integral part of your company’s value and identity, and which you my potentially still have ownership claims, can be tapped into and leveraged to protect your interests, rights and distribution share in the success of the company you founded or co-founded, in connection with any of these important events that presage organic changes in the company –

  • Significant round of funding,

  • IPO — the company’s first public offering or its shares

  • Merger, acquisition or sale of significant assets .

For any of those events, if the founder can raise a potential cloud over the company’s title to its core IP, this can provide leverage for an equitable adjustment to assure the owner’s fair share of the proceeds of the success event.

This was my 42nd article published in CEOWORLD since 2016. Previously, the editor advised that I can use “Featured in the CEOWORLD magazine” and the CEOWORLD “Logo” on my website and add CEOWORLD magazine in my LinkedIn profile’s “Experience Section” as an “Opinion Columnist.” and authority in the field.

On its own initiative, CEOWORLD magazine created on their website a library of Robert Adelson published articles. You can peruse this library and/or read as many of my 41 published articles as you wish. See

With more than 12.4+ million-page views, CEOWORLD magazine is the world’s leading business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, senior management executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals worldwide.

It is my hope that this article will be of benefit to CEOs, C-level and senior executives who are company founders and who seek leverage in negotiations after seeing diminished value to your equity position as result of vesting, re-vesting, participating preferred, investor anti-dilution and other investor-friendly terms that have worked to your disadvantage and might have a self-help remedy in IP ownership. If you or any colleague of yours has a need in this area, please do reach out to me @ 617–875–8665 or

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