Executives that have decision making capacity within any innovation-based organization, whether a young startup or a Fortune 500 corporation, almost universally have little or no familiarity with patents from a legal perspective. Sometimes these leaders also have little familiarity with science or technology, and are hired because they are particularly adept in leading a rapidly growing company with hopes of an initial public offering (IPO), or because they have shown a particular facility with raising ever increasing rounds of capital from investors, or for their ability to make returns to early investors on their capital investments. Whatever the case, after a high-tech startup has outgrown the founders as being the top leaders in the C-suite, it is commonplace for the top decision makers in those high-tech companies to be far more familiar with the business and marketplace realities facing technology companies than the actual science and technology that made them high-growth darlings in the first place.
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