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How to turn your idea into Intellectual Property: A startup’s guide to Patenting


How to turn your idea into Intellectual Property: A startup's guide to Patenting

For an entrepreneur to succeed against established market players, understanding intellectual property, and patenting the startup’s inventions is a critical first step since patents build a sustainable defense against the incumbents, and increase the startup’s fundability. This course aims at educating startup founders with the concept of 'Intellectual Property' and how to use it.


* Awareness of business terminologies
* Member on StartupWind community

Course Staff

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Dr. Dirk Brown

Dr. Dirk Brown is the Faculty Director of the University of South Carolina’s McNair Institute for Entrepreneurism and Free Enterprise and a faculty member of the management department at the Darla Moore School of Business. Dr. Brown holds over 35 patents, has written over 30 technical papers and journal articles as well as a book entitled “Inventions = Money”. Dr. Brown holds an M.B.A. from San Jose State, a Ph.D. (Materials Science) from Cornell University, and a B.Sc. (Eng) in Applied Physics/Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University in Canada.