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Technology Transactions (Spring 2018)

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the foundation for transactional law practice, especially related to reading and analyzing contracts involving patents, software, trade secrets and other technology-related rights and advising clients with respect to those contracts. 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, 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 30 years of transactional experience supporting the development, financing and commercialization of early stage technologies. He is currently with the law firm of DLA Piper where he helps emerging technology and life sciences companies navigate their legal needs from formation to exit and everything in between, including financings, licenses, commercial agreements, IP protection, employee arrangements, and other matters that affect the cap table or corporate governance. He also represents investors that finance emerging growth companies. He is a member of the firm's US Emerging Growth and Venture Capital National Leadership Group.  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/Experiential Unit Requirement: Yes
  • Participation: Required and graded
  • Pre-requisites: Prior background in Patent Law or Intellectual Property Law is helpful, but not required
  • Enrollment Limitation: 25 students