patent institute

Patent Monetization: Assignments and Licensing – October 23, 2017

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Course Description

georgia tech professional education
In association with Georgia Tech.

The assignment and licensing of intellectual property are becoming pervasive in business as information assets have soared in importance. Businesses regularly buy or license technology from third parties, sell or license their own intellectual property to generate revenue, or cross-license their technology in exchange for the technology of a third-party in order to expand its technology base.

In this course, we will look at the assignment and licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, including highlighting issues that distinguish these agreements from one another and from other common transactions, such as sales or leases. We will review and discuss the respective clauses that appear in intellectual property licensing agreements, all with an emphasis on enabling students to deal intelligently with the negotiation and drafting of such agreements. While a science or engineering background is not required, it is strongly recommended that students have a working familiarity with the different types of intellectual property law before taking this class. Meeting time 8:00am – 12:00PM.



  • An overview of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law

Course Format

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for inventors, engineers, corporate citizens, start-up companies, students, faculty, and staff who want to understand the interplay between various types of intellectual property.

How You Will Benefit

  • Gain knowledge regarding the monetization of intellectual property assets.
  • Expand your knowledge of intellectual property law.
  • Aid clients in their negotiations involving the assignment/licensing of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.


  • Differences between assignments and licenses
  • Is it an agreement or a license and why does it matter?
  • Required clauses in assignments for patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
  • Common provisions for drafting IP license agreements
  • Patent license agreements
  • Trademark license agreements
  • Copyright license agreements
  • Trade secret license agreements
  • Negotiating the terms of a license agreement