15.616 Innovative Businesses and Breakthrough Technologies - The Legal Issues

Fall 2004

Fraser's Authority of Law, a man holding a law tablet.
James Earle Fraser's Authority of Law, located by the front steps of the Supreme Court of the United States. (Image courtesy of the Supreme Court of the United States.)

Course Highlights

This course features regular readings and two take-home exercises.

Course Description

15.616 is an introduction to business law which covers the fundamentals, including contracts, liability, regulation, employment, and corporations, with an in-depth treatment of the legal issues relating to breakthrough technologies, including the legal framework of R&D, the commercialization of new high-technology products in start-ups and mature companies, and the liability and regulatory implications of new products and innovative business models. There is extensive attention to national and international intellectual property protection and strategies. Examples are drawn from many industries, including information technology, communications, and life sciences.

Note: This course used to be numbered 15.648.

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John Akula, Senior Lecturer in Law

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session