Course description

This course covers the intersection between start-ups entrepreneurship and intellectual property (IP) law. Students gain skills with navigation of major tenets of intellectual property law including patents trademarks copyrights and trade secrets as these concepts relate to start-ups and entrepreneurship. Students also gain experience in presenting shark tank and more formal pitches which incorporate references to the IP holdings of start-ups or small businesses. Further students receive an introduction to the basics of contract instruments which allow for sharing of IP with entities outside of a start-up while protecting the IP of the start-up. Lastly students are exposed to the IP litigation landscape which start-ups face using actual litigation matters. For example students are provided with an overview of discovery and gain deposition skills through a hands-on approach. Upon completing the course students are able to perform basic legal research understand basic case law and interpret basic legal documents such as patent applications and simple confidentiality agreements which are relevant to start-ups during their funding and growth periods.


  • Doctoral Candidate: Harvard University, History of Science

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

  • Harvard Summer School

Enroll now.
Take course