Oskar Liivak, Professor of Law, graduated from Rutgers College with highest honors in 1994; received a Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 2000, focusing on techniques for determining protein structure; and received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 2005. From 2000 to 2001, Professor Liivak was a postdoctoral scientist working on physical realization of quantum computing in the Quantum Information Group at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California. Prior to law school, he served as a patent agent in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Most recently, Professor Liivak served as a law clerk to Judge Sharon Prost on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The global economy runs on innovation, and the key to that innovation is the ability for people to bring their ideas to life. Intellectual property law is crucial to this process, protecting ideas and encouraging innovation.
This course will explore the benefits and risks of both trade secrets and patents. By assessing your business to see how trade secrets and patents affect your team, you will evaluate the qualifications for each type of protection along with ways to ensure you are properly protected. Using your organization as the focus, you will determine best practices as well as the misuses and misappropriation that can affect your work. As you identify ways to keep your patents and trade secrets secure and examine ways they can be compromised, you will gain insights into the legal elements of your organization. By the end of this course, best practices for patent and trade secret security will give you and your organization an advantage in the world of innovation.
Key Course Takeaways
- Assess what parts of your organization might be covered by patents or trade secrets
- Evaluate the efforts needed to establish and maintain a trade secret or patent
- Identify what is and isn't misappropriation of a trade secret
- Explore how patents can be misused along with potential defenses for infringement
- Examine strategies to avoid infringing on the intellectual property rights of others
- Determine whether a patent or trade secret is likely to be better for your business situation
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- People whose roles involve new product or service development
- Business development and marketing professionals
- R&D, engineering, and technology managers