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Technology, Transfer and Licensing

  • Typically offered every other year

Intellectual property licensing is becoming pervasive in business. Businesses regularly license technology from third parties and sometimes license their own intellectual property. In this course, we will examine the issues associated with intellectual property licensing. In addition to examining general trademark, patent and copyright licenses, we will study specialized licensing arrangements, including industry-sponsored standard-setting organizations, technology transfer arrangements (used by universities and private research institutions)and licensing issues relevant to the biotech industry. In addition to examining select statutes and case law, we will review and discuss numerous licensing agreements with an emphasis on developing practical drafting and negotiation skills needed for licensing attorneys. Students will participate in a mock negotiation of a license agreement. It is strongly recommended that students complete the Intellectual Property Survey course or have an extensive working familiarity with intellectual property law before taking this class. There will be no final exam. Students will be graded on a written report and class participation.