Protecting Your Software's Intellectual Property
This course explains all about software intellectual property including how IP laws protect your inventions and your code, why you need this protection, and how to utilize it to your advantage. It begins with a description of different kinds of IP including copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. Then it describes various parts of a patent and key issues to understand about each part. It describes the patent process that can last for several years and how hardware and software companies, startup companies, and individuals can use patents to their advantage to protect their intellectual property. Finally the course relates actual patent cases, including personal experiences of the instructor as an expert witness on some of the largest cases of the last and current millennium.
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