It is important to be aware of and understand the legal components that impact organizations and know when to leverage legal counsel. This is especially true for technology companies in relation to employees, contractors, corporate inventions, intellectual property, and the different corporate entities and their corresponding governance. In this course, you will evaluate the different methods to protect intellectual property, patents, copyrights, and trademarks. You will also look at the principles of contracts between corporations and employees and subcontractors, as well as the different legal considerations that corporations take into account for their employees. While this deep dive into the legal aspects of employment will not replace your need for legal counsel, it will prepare you for those conversations and make you aware of legal considerations when negotiating with workers. Finally, you will identify the different corporate entities and the corresponding governance that goes with each.
Key Course Takeaways
Describe the logistics of contract principles between corporations and employees and subcontractors
Discuss different options for protecting corporate inventions and intellectual property
Identify the different corporate entities and their corresponding corporate governance
Explain the different legal considerations an organization needs to take into account with its employees
Executive Director, Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement
Tom Schryver is the Executive Director of the Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) and a Visiting Lecturer at the Johnson Graduate School of Management. CREA’s programs include Rev: Ithaca Startup Works, the Southern Tier Startup Alliance, and support of Cornell’s regional economic advancement efforts. Mr. Schryver leads the Upstate NY I-Corps Node and is the lead instructor for Cornell Engineering’s Commercialization Fellows program. He serves on the teaching team for eLab, Cornell’s student business accelerator, and teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at Cornell.
Mr. Schryver is an experienced entrepreneur, having served as a startup founder and senior finance executive of high-growth companies. Previously, he was Director of Finance for the Triad Foundation, where his responsibilities included investing the Foundation’s $250m portfolio to top-quartile returns. Mr. Schryver’s board affiliations include the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park and Tompkins County Area Development, and he serves as board vice-chair of the Business Incubator Association of New York State.