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This video series is comprised of 62 intellectual property (IP) videos delivered by Professor Bryce Pilz from the University of Michigan Law School. Whether you watch 1 or all 62 videos, each is designed to provide you with just-in-time IP information that fits your current needs when organizing your startup company. These 3-5 minute videos are organized into five sections, with subtopics. Use the outline below to navigate the topics and videos most important to you.

A special thank you to the University of Michigan and Professor Bryce Pils for allowing us to share this video series.


01. Overview of startup intellectual property issues
02. Overview of categories of intellectual property


03. Overview of patent system
04. Patent remedies and why to patent
05. Anatomy of a patent
06. What are patent rights?
07. Patent term – How long does a patent last?
08. Patentability and eligibility overview
09. Patent eligibility – What inventions are eligible for patent protect
10. Patentability: Novelty
11. What is Prior Art
12. Patentability: Obviousness
13. Patentability: Written description and enablement
14. Public Disclosure Issues
15. Patent application process
16. Provisional patent applications
17. Selecting a patent attorney
18. International patent protection
19. Continuation patents
20. Invention reporting: mining for inventions
21. Patent inventorship
22. Joint inventorship
23. Joint ownership
24. Patent ownership
25. Patent licensing
26. University tech transfer
27. Past employment issues
28. Overview of design patents
29. Enforcing patent rights
30. Freedom to operate
31. Claim construction and claim charts
32. Designing around the patent of another
33. Defending Against Patent Assertion
34. The Concept of Willful Infringement
35. Invalidating third party patents
36. Retaining patent litigation counsel


37. Copyright Overview
38. Idea/Expression
39. Copyright registration
40. User interface issues
41 Software: patents v. copyrights
42. Works for hire
43. Joint Authorship & Joint Ownership of Copyrighted Works
44. Difference Between Copyright Authorship & Patent Inventorship
45. Fair use for Copyright
46. Open source software
47. Reverse Engineering Software Technology
48. User generated content and DMCA takedowns


49. Trademark overview
50. Trademark Notice & Trademark Registration
51. Distinctiveness: selecting a strong Trademark
52. Performing an initial trademark clearance
53. Likelihood of confusion
54. Nominal and fair use
55. Intermediate trademark uses


56. Overview of trade secrets
57. Trade secret policies
58. Enforcing trade secrets
59. Disclosing secrets under nondisclosure agreements
60. Hiring personnel
61. Noncompete agreements
62. Obtaining information pursuant to nondisclosure agreements

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