Introduction to IP 101

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IP 101 Introduction – this is an overview course of intellectual property.  This includes trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

IP are just tools for your business toolbox.  They are just a means to an end.

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This is an overview course that introduces the broad topic of intellectual property.  Our goal is to skim each topic, just to give you a taste.

Our other courses cover these topics in more detail.  Please take the ones that make the most sense for your business.

IP is kind of a catch-all for several important pieces of any business.

When you protect your IP, you are protecting your investment of time, money, and effort in building your business.

A good IP strategy does not have to be painful or expensive.

Although, sadly, many entrepreneurs spend far too much on their IP and get far too little protection.

You give your business as many options as possible by protecting your IP – but only when you do it well.

Remember that IP protection is really about getting playing cards that you use in business.

These are business tools, plain and simple.

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, non disclosure agreements, and the other components are merely tools that help you build your business.

This applies to open source projects, too.

Many businesses use and contribute to open source, and they need protection as much as closed source businesses.

For open source projects, patents and copyrights are mechanisms for enforcing your desire for the open source ideals.

These are legal tools for realizing your goals.

Throughout all our courses, we will talk about how IP protections work in the open source context.

Our goal is not to make this a dry law school lecture on all the nuances and corner cases of IP.

Our goal is to give you – the entrepreneur – a broad picture of IP and help you navigate its various forms.

This is the basic course, and for each topic, IP.Education has more advanced courses.

IP is a sophisticated topic with lots of nuance, and there is almost no limit to what you can learn about it.

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