What you'll learn

  • Concept of intellectual property
  • The legal and social means that have developed over time to encourage and control intellectual property
  • Copyright, patent, and trademark regimes
  • Licensing and trade secrets

Course description

Can anyone own ideas? Who owns the literary, artistic, musical, or inventive forms expressing ideas? This course examines the concept of intellectual property and the legal and social means that have developed over time to encourage and control it. We consider copyright, patent, and trademark regimes, together with related areas such as licensing and trade secrets.

Case studies include the problems of the patent system, the growth of university licensing, the unique status of music, the emerging international law of intellectual property, the protection of design and fashion, and the tension between originality and creativity.

Instructor

  • Director of Intellectual Property, Harvard Business School Publishing

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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