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Introduction to Intellectual Property

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David Kline

David Kappos

Copyright Year: 2021

ISBN 13: 9781951693350

Publisher: OpenStax

Language: English

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Reviewed by Marcus Ellison, Adjunct Faculty, Trine University on 1/3/24

The textbook is comprehensive. It covers all of the key intellectual property areas including patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law. There is also a detailed table of contents, glossary of key terms, and end-of-chapter assessment... read more

Reviewed by Andrea Bearman, Director of Instructional Design and Development/Instructor, Trine University on 3/13/23

The textbook covers many facets and ideas on copyright and patents, as well as a helpful index and glossary. Very well done on the coverage of content. read more

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Foreward
  • Patent Basics
  • Patent Enforcement
  • Copyright Basics
  • Trademark Basics
  • Trade Secret Basics
  • Glossary
  • Answer Key
  • Index

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  • About the Book

    Introduction to Intellectual Property provides a clear, effective introduction to patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets. The text may be used by students and instructors in formal courses, as well as those applying intellectual property considerations to entrepreneurship, marketing, law, computer science, engineering, design, or other fields. The luminaries involved with this project represent the forefront of knowledge and experience, and the material offers considerable examples and scenarios, as well as exercises and references.

    Introduction to Intellectual Property was originally developed by the Michelson 20MM Foundation, released under the title The Intangible Advantage.

    About the Contributors



    David Kline was a Pulitzer-Prize-nominated journalist and author who covered some of the world’s most important stories over the last 30 years for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, CBS and NBC TV, and other national media. He was also a contributing writer for Wired magazine for many years. In more recent years, Kline wrote on a variety of business and technology topics, with a special focus on intellectual property issues. His bestselling book Rembrandts in the Attic from Harvard Business Press is considered the seminal work on patent strategy within corporate America, and it has helped to shape the direction of corporate and policy-maker thinking on patent issues. In 2016, Kline was named one of the “World’s Top 300 Intellectual Property Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.


    David Kappos is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property, including intellectual property management and strategy, the development of global intellectual property norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation based assets. From August 2009 to January 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on intellectual property policy matters. As Director of the USPTO, he led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems as well as its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the Leahy Smith America Invents Act, signed into law by the President in September 2011.

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