SEAS IEOR E4577: Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs and Managers

Open to all Columbia graduate, undergraduate, post-doctoral students,
Faculty, and staff.
Zero credit
Fall 2016, B-term
10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9 Fridays 10:10 – 12:40pm

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Intellectual property (e.g., patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets) are an increasingly critical part of almost any business, at almost any stage of growth. Indeed, as just one example, software IP, which can be protected by patents, copyrights, and trade secrets, features prominently in startups and Fortune 100 companies. This course will provide the aspiring business executive, tech entrepreneur, or scientist an overview of commercial opportunities and risks associated with intellectual property, with a particular focus on technology patents. While legal principles will be addressed, the primary focus of the class will be on leveraging intellectual property to create financial returns.