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Intellectual Property 101 - An IP Primer, Or, Everything You Wanted to Know About IP (But Were Afraid to Ask)

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Feb. 18, 2015. 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Courtesy of the University of Texas System Office of General Counsel Webinar.

Can you patent a mouse, a strand of DNA, or a perpetual motion machine? Can you copyright your master’s thesis or copy that song from your friend’s iPhone? Can you explain how the Washington Redskins lost their trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office but can still call themselves the Washington Redskins?

It might be important to know. According to the US Commerce Department, intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to, or 34.8 percent of, US gross domestic product (Intellectual Property and the US Economy: Industries in Focus).

This presentation will provide a high-altitude review of US Intellectual Property law as it relates to:

  • patents
  • copyrights
  • trademarks
  • trade secrets

and hopefully will provide you with a basic understanding of how IP works so you can answer these questions and many more.

 Presented by Jim Cox.