From the very time they are launched, companies need to engage in a careful and deliberate process of developing, implementing and continuously improving policies and practices with respect to development, acquisition and protection of the technology and other intellectual property rights that are necessary for pursuit and achievement of their strategic goals and objectives. In general, technology management concerns itself with the creation or acquisition of technology, particularly the process of transforming basic knowledge, or science, into products that have practical and commercial utility in the marketplace or in internal business activities. Technology management also includes the steps that need to be taken to protect the technology of the firm, including the development and maintenance of an intellectual property rights portfolio, and the formulation and implementation of strategies for commercial exploitation of the company’s technological assets.
Business Transactions Solution on Thomson Reuters Westlaw contains a transaction-based practice system for the life cycle of a business entity. Each transaction structures itself around a module design, including transaction summary, memorandum analysis, master forms needed to execute the transaction, commentary analyzing every clause or provision of the form, drafting and review checklists, and specialty forms. The unlimited-use subscription provides regular updates, including new master forms, commentary, checklists, and specialty forms.
Corporate Counsel’s Guide to Technology Management and Transactions provides an excellent overview of the various types of intellectual property rights as well as solid advice on how to protect these valuable assets. Topics covered include patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks, intellectual property in the global marketplace, and general considerations in negotiating technology transactions. It also covers licensing agreements, research and development agreements, technology management, joint ventures, investment partnerships, computers and software, web site design and hosting agreements, Internet and online transactions, and much more. The forms are available on CD-ROM.
Legal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients. The questionnaire format of this multivolume work shows how to elicit answers, make a diagnosis, and recommend an efficient, safe course of action for your business clients. Each chapter provides business guidance in specific business activities, including forming contracts; buying and selling a business; franchising; operating in the global marketplace; counseling on insurance, pension, securities, and product liability issues; borrowing money; contracting with the government; and resolving patent, copyright, and trademark-related problems and issues. Topics include business organization, estate planning, labor relations, real estate, securities, patents, computer software, advertising warranties, environmental law, and transportation and distribution. Features include showing how to assess the “legal health” of your clients and suggestions on how to apply the right remedies to legal pitfalls in your clients’ activities.
Business Counselor’s Law & Compliance Practice Manual offers in-house counsel, or outside counsel acting as the primary legal and compliance adviser to a company, a comprehensive set of materials on how to establish, manage, and grow the law and compliance function. You’ll benefit from the author’s insights based on over two decades of experience with internationally recognized law firms as a partner and senior counsel member. Topics covered include organizing and managing the law and compliance function; managing a company’s intellectual property rights; human resources; and international compliance issues. Other manual features include forms and checklists available in print and on CD-ROM.
Intellectual Property Rights
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES (POWERED BY SUSTAINABLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROJECT) The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Project engages in and promotes research, education and training activities relating to entrepreneurial ventures launched with the aspiration to create sustainable enterprises that achieve significant growth in scale and value creation through the development and commercialization of innovative products or services which form the basis for a successful international business. The Project is also involved in collecting, analyzing and disseminating information about regional and national efforts around the world to support and expand sustainable entrepreneurship. The Project has launched of its own portfolio of timely and practical information in the form of comprehensive libraries for sustainable entrepreneurs. Libraries that are particularly relevant to technology management and transactions include the following:
WEBINARS AND OTHER CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENTS
West Legal Ed Center Click for list of all programs presented by the Institute on West Legal Ed Center. Programs relating to technology management and transactions include several videos prepared for the Beyond the Bar training initiative and the following webinars (available on demand):
Business Counselor Institute on West Legal Ed Center
- Technology Management (12.2015)
Beyond the Bar Training Programs
- Technology Management
- Intellectual Property Audits
- Trade Secret Protection Programs