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Technology Transactions (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-770
  • Class Number: 03488
  • Instructor: Rick Friedman

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundation for advising clients on transactions involving patents, software, trade secrets and other technology-related rights. The class covers:

·         Intellectual property law basics for the transactional lawyer

·         Substantive law relevant to technology transactions

·         The structural building blocks of a contract

·         The review and analysis of patent and software license agreements, development agreements, open source licenses, and agreements between technology companies and their employees and independent contractors

·         The interplay of technology rights in venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and secured loans.

·         Transactional lawyering skills generally, including advising clients, negotiating contracts, and managing the transaction process

The class includes several exercises and simulated lawyer work experiences. The course is designed both for students focused on a career in technology or intellectual property law, as well as those interested in a career in business or corporate law. The course is eligible for credit towards the Business Law Certificate and the Technology and Entrepreneurship Certificate programs. Prior background in patent law or intellectual property law is helpful, but not required.

 

The instructor has over 25 years’ transactional experience supporting the development, financing and commercialization of early stage technologies. He is currently with the law firm of DLA Piper where he serves as outside general counsel to emerging and established companies in the technology, life sciences and media/entertainment sectors, and also represents the venture capital firms and strategic partners that finance and collaborate with these companies.  The instructor previously led the technology transfer licensing teams at USC and another major university, served as general counsel for a publicly-traded software company, and was a corporate and securities partner at a law firm in Silicon Valley. 

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Grading Options: Numerical or CR/D/F
  • Schedule: W 4:00 pm - 6:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 2
  • Exam: In-class exam
  • Writing Requirement: No
  • Skills Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Pre-requisites: Prior background in Patent Law or Intellectual Property is helpful but not required
  • Enrollment Limitation: 25 students