This CLE session, will look at the forms of intellectual property from the perspective of a small to mid-sized enterprise. The session will discuss the primary forms of intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent, and trade secret), its significance to enterprises, and its significance to an advanced economy. The session will discuss how to (cost-effectively) build a valuable IP portfolio, how to set policies to protect IP, how to enforce IP rights, and how to defend claims of IP infringement. Though the session will be centered on U.S. IP, it will look (generally) at important international issues.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Overview of Intellectual Property System
•   Building a Valuable IP Portfolio
•   Protecting/Enforcing Your IP
•   Defending IP Infringement Claims