Below are selected syllabi of the Law Group courses
Description: Provides a broad-gauged introduction to business law, including how law shapes business opportunities and risks. Imparts skills necessary for dealing effectively with law-sensitive aspects of company restructurings and mergers and acquisitions; contracts, complex deals, and financial instruments and facilities; innovation in business models, products, and services; and encounters with regulators. Also discusses individual and organizational accountability to private parties and public authorities, and key legal issues in career transitions.
Description: The legal framework of entrepreneurship and innovation. Key law-sensitive junctures in launching and growing a startup: assembling a team, organizing a business entity, ownership and compensation, early financing, managing contracts and employees, business distress and winding down, and selling a company. Cutting-edge technologies and intellectual property rights. Designed for those who may start or work in such ventures; or are engaged in research with potential for commercial or social impact; or are otherwise attempting to advance an innovation from idea to impact. Meets with 15.6181 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version.
Description: Intensive introduction to the basic provisions of US patent law, emphasizing the requirements for patentability and the process of applying for a patent. Topics include requirements of utility, novelty, and non-obviousness; eligible subject matter; applying for a patent, including patent searches and the language of patent claims; infringement, defenses, and remedies; comparison of patents with other forms of intellectual property (copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks). Reading materials include key sections of the US patent statute (Title 35, US Code) and related judicial decisions.