CMU Start Smart Law: Protecting Your IP

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Learn how to deal with intellectual property issues, including

  • What are copyrights, patents, trademarks and trade secrets?
  • Developing an IP strategy (do you always need that patent? are you patenting new IP?)
  • How to protect your company’s IP
  • How not to infringe on another’s IP
  • How to handle IP created by class projects when one or more students want to pursue commercialization
  • How to handle IP created by your employees, including invention assignment and non-compete clauses
  • What to expect after filing a patent application (timing and expenses)
  • Tips on searching the US Patent Office database