About

Ethical Collaboration Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Our goal is to tear down barriers to collaboration in the entrepreneur community and to educate all the constituents about intellectual property.

Ethical Collaboration Association was born from the shocking realization that most collaborative groups – including startup accelerators and incubators – actually HURT the IP holdings of their clients.  The concept of an Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement came from studying this problem and designing a solution.

The Ethical Collaboration Community Agreement is a FREE agreement that everyone is free to sign and thereby become a member.  Once you have signed the Agreement, you are free to collaborate with other members and enjoy the comfort that:

  1. Your IP is protected.
  2. When you help someone, ideas are given without strings.
  3. If a dispute arises, you agree to use mediation and arbitration – not the court system – to resolve disputes.

How are we funded?

We are funded through donations as well as for certifications, the automated Ethical NDA, educational programming, and other products.  Many of our products have an optional donation.

Who are we?

Russ Krajec is the Executive Director of the Ethical Collaboration Association, Inc.  Russ is the author of “Investing In Patents” and is CEO of BlueIron, a patent finance company.  Russ is a former co-founder and COO of Concurix, a software startup company.