Patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets are the currency of an innovation economy. Each of these forms of intellectual property may be bought and sold, licensed, or used as security. How each is used will depend on the business context; the needs of a start-up company being far different from those of a multinational corporation. This course will focus on intellectual property transactions in various business contexts, including: maximizing value and assessing risks; using intellectual property in financing start-ups; protecting trade secrets; employment issues related to intellectual property; intellectual property licensing; and intellectual property in mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcy.
Intellectual Property is highly recommended. If you have not taken Intellectual Property, there is a 40 page Appendix in the text (which is not part of the required reading) that covers many fundamental IP issues, and I will also spend the first half of the first class giving a basic overview of patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.
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