Description: Broad-gauged look at key law-related risks and opportunities in new ventures and growing and mature companies. Contracts; liability; business disputes and litigation; employment and changing jobs; intellectual property and cutting-edge technologies; organizing and financing a new venture; commercial finance and financial distress; M&A; marketing; regulatory compliance and business crime; and transnational commerce. Provides the skills managers need when organizations or their careers are at crucial law-sensitive junctures.
Description: Addresses law-sensitive issues arising in the overlapping contexts of complex deals and financial services and products. Covers financial services regulation, employment and job changes, and civil and criminal accountability. Develops managerial skills for handling law-sensitive situations at individual and organizational levels. Meets with 15.6171 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.
Description: Designed for students with an interest in the law-sensitive issues raised by cutting-edge technologies, including those who are involved in research relating to a new technology or are planning to work in a setting where cutting-edge technology will be an important asset. Examines the legal framework of intellectual property (especially patents, but also trade secrets and copyright) and intellectual property licensing. Considers the key legal issues that arise in the organization of a hi-tech start-up and in the commercialization of technology-based products in entrepreneurial and established companies. Also looks at issues specific to certain key sectors and technologies, such as software and life sciences.
Description: Addresses law-sensitive issues facing startups and young high-growth companies. Topics include assembling a team; selecting and organizing a business entity; agreements among founders and early employees; equity as compensation; financing by founders, friends and family, and venture capital; intellectual property; managing financial distress and bankruptcy; risk-management tools; and selling a business. Provides skills to navigate crucial law-sensitive junctures in managers' organizations or careers. Meets with 15.6191 when offered concurrently. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.
Description: Investigates sustainable development, taking a broad view to include not only a healthy economic base, but also a sound environment, stable employment, adequate purchasing power, distributional equity, national self-reliance, and maintenance of cultural integrity. Explores national, multinational, and international political and legal mechanisms to further sustainable development through transformation of the industrial state. Addresses the importance of technological innovation and the financial crisis of 2008.
Description: Designed to provide the judgment skills needed to plan, manage, and lead when confronting key law-sensitive issues in one's organization and career. Reviews how the law structures both the risks and opportunities relating to issues such as regulatory compliance, major liability exposure, and intellectual property rights. Special attention to how these play out in the context of new technologies. Restricted to Executive MBA students.
Description: The nuts and bolts of preparing a New Venture Plan and launching the venture will be explored in this 26th annual course offering. The course is open to members of the M.I.T. Community and to others interested in entrepreneurship. It is particularly recommended for persons who are interested in starting or are involved in a new business or venture. Because some of the speakers will be judges of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, persons who are planning to enter the Competition should find the course particularly useful. Pre-registration is required for credit or to listen. In the past approximately 50% of the class has been from the Engineering/Science/Architecture Schools and 50% from the Sloan School of Management.
Description: Intensive examination of the fundamental provisions of U.S. patent law, including patentability and the patent application. Topics include: requirements of utility, novelty, and non-obviousness; eligible subject matter: patentability of software, business methods, and human genes; applying for a patent: patent searching and the language of patent claims; changes introduced by the America Invents Act (first inventor to file vs. first to invent); enforcement, defenses, and remedies; relation to other forms of intellectual property (copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks). Designed for undergrads and graduate students in all MIT departments.
Description: This course provides a framework for strategy with new-to-the-world products in technology-intensive industries. The course focuses on strategy for existing firms, in contrast to Entrepreneurial Strategy [15.911]. Throughout the class, key conceptual frameworks are linked to applications in a variety of industry and case settings.