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: license and sale transactions, debt and equity financings, bankruptcy and antitrust. Also discussed will be the organization and financing of start-ups; the licensing of intellectual property from universities, protecting trade secrets; employment issues related to intellectual property; the valuation of intellectual property; and the role of intellectual property in mergers and acquisitions.
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