Celia Bigoness is a Clinical Professor of Law and founder of the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Cornell’s first transactional law clinic. In addition to teaching at the Entrepreneurship Law Clinic, Professor Bigoness teaches “Introduction to Transactional Lawyering” and organizes the annual Cornell Law School Transactional Lawyering Competition. Before joining Cornell, she spent seven years practicing corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York, London, and Paris. Her experience includes project finance, leveraged finance, capital markets, and mergers and acquisitions. Professor Bigoness received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law, and her A.B. from Harvard.
Virtually every company, regardless of its size or industry, owns a form of intellectual property known as trade secrets. Although protected under U.S. federal and state laws, trade secrets do not benefit from similar protections in many foreign jurisdictions. Accordingly, a U.S. company that seeks to do business abroad or contract with foreign partners may be exposing its trade secrets to new vulnerabilities as a result.
In this course, you will analyze how U.S. laws protect trade secrets then examine common ways in which foreign laws on trade secrets differ from the United States. You will also identify best practices and procedures for protecting trade secrets outside of the United States, including through contractual mechanisms. By the end of this course, you will gain insights into the cultural implications of various legal approaches and fortify your knowledge to protect intellectual assets.
Key Course Takeaways
- Determine which legal systems apply to a U.S. company's trade secrets
- Identify the risks to trade secrets that arise from particular foreign transactions
- Develop contractual tools to protect trade secrets when working in foreign jurisdictions
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Business leaders doing international business
- Public and nonprofit professionals
- Business developers
- Finance and accounting professionals
- Human resource or talent management professionals
- Compliance or risk-management professionals
- Anyone looking to work effectively with legal professionals