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Happy World Intellectual Property Day!


It’s April 26, which means it’s World Intellectual Property Day. How are you planning on celebrating? Long ago, the only types of property were physical objects and real property (also known as “land.”) The law eventually came to recognize that the intangible works of the human mind were also valuable and worthy of protection. Hence, intellectual property. Definitions vary, but in the U.S., we typically identify four categories of intellectual property: Copyright The U.S. Copyright Office defines copyright as “a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a…

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Intellectual Property for Businesses


I spend a lot of time on this blog getting into the nitty-gritty of intellectual property, but it’s important from time to time to take a step back and review the basics of the subject (and, of course, provide an introduction to those who are new to the subject.) Last week, I had the opportunity to teach a class at UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management. The class is “Innovation to Market,” and my lecture was an overview of Intellectual Property for Businesses. It was a lot of fun, and now it’s time to take it out of the…

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