Last week's Traklight on Forbes series highlighted four fantastic tips on a startup's most valuable assets in her blog titled "Summer Refresher: ABCs Of Intellectual Property." 

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In response to the recent New York Times article, "Why More Start-Ups Are Sharing Ideas Without Legal Protection," Mary notes that while it may not be worth your time to convince investors to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), it is very important to get NDA's when working with three other groups of people.

If you are a startup or small business in the fundraising stages, be sure to check out this post for some great tips. Whether or not you're at this stage in your business, Mary does offer one important piece of advice:

"Please remember that enforcing a NDA, like any type of litigation, is a huge distraction for a startup or small business. The pros and cons of both sides must be weighed to make the right decision that’s best for your company."

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