In today's competitive marketplace, it's not enough to have great intellectual property (IP); you must know how to manage it. In this timely program, jointly led by faculty from Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard Law School (HLS), you will learn how to integrate IP management into your company's overall strategy, successfully negotiate complex IP transactions, and protect and monetize your intangible assets. You will be better equipped to exploit the full value of your company's IP and take advantage emerging IP trends.

What You Can Expect

Along with a group of experienced lawyers and executives from diverse industries and geographies, you'll examine European and international patent, copyright, and trademark laws, with a focus on the most recent IP issues. From the possibility of a single patent across the European Union and fashion IP to the rise of "patent trolls" and recent monumental sales of unused technology patents, the program will give you an inside look at new developments in Europe that have important implications on IP. You will emerge with new ideas and a proven framework for incorporating IP into your organization's broader strategic goals.

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Along with a group of experienced lawyers and executives from diverse industries and geographies, you'll examine European and international patent, copyright, and trademark laws, with a focus on the most recent IP issues. From the possibility of a single patent across the European Union and fashion IP to the rise of "patent trolls" and recent monumental sales of unused technology patents, the program will give you an inside look at new developments in Europe that have important implications on IP. You will emerge with new ideas and a proven framework for incorporating IP into your organization's broader strategic goals.

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Your Course of Study

Through relevant case studies representing manufacturing, financial services, health care, fashion, and technology sectors, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of different approaches to IP management, protection, and integration. By taking part in a hands-on negotiation exercise, you and your peers will learn how to utilize a set of core principles for effectively handling IP transactions.

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Through relevant case studies representing manufacturing, financial services, health care, fashion, and technology sectors, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of different approaches to IP management, protection, and integration. By taking part in a hands-on negotiation exercise, you and your peers will learn how to utilize a set of core principles for effectively handling IP transactions.

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Who Is Right for the Program

This program is designed for legal counsel responsible for intellectual property management and executives who set the strategic direction for their companies, including functional managers who oversee product development, R&D, business development, and marketing. To facilitate collaboration and maximize the learning impact, we encourage teams of two or more individuals from the same organization.

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This program is designed for legal counsel responsible for intellectual property management and executives who set the strategic direction for their companies, including functional managers who oversee product development, R&D, business development, and marketing. To facilitate collaboration and maximize the learning impact, we encourage teams of two or more individuals from the same organization.

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Faculty

Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

William W. Fisher

WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School. Faculty director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; and faculty cochair of "Intellectual Property and Business Strategy."

Felix Oberholzer-Gee

Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration. Chair, MBA Global; member of the Strategy Unit; faculty chair of "Strategy—Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage"; and faculty cochair of "Senior Executive Program for China" and "Intellectual Property and Business Strategy."

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Every Harvard Business School Executive Education program is developed and taught by HBS faculty who are widely recognized as skilled educators, groundbreaking researchers, and award-winning authors. Through publishing, consulting, and teaching, HBS faculty leverage their business expertise and field-based research to develop enduring concepts that shape the practice of management. The result is an Executive Education teaching team whose groundbreaking insights challenge participants' thinking and enable them to become superior business leaders.

William W. Fisher

WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Harvard Law School. Faculty director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School; and faculty cochair of "Intellectual Property and Business Strategy."

Felix Oberholzer-Gee

Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration. Chair, MBA Global; member of the Strategy Unit; faculty chair of "Strategy—Building and Sustaining Competitive Advantage"; and faculty cochair of "Senior Executive Program for China" and "Intellectual Property and Business Strategy."

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Admissions

Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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Please submit your application at least four weeks before the program start date. Since qualified candidates are admitted on a rolling, space-available basis, early application is encouraged. Admission is selective and based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Although there are no formal educational requirements, proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Because Executive Education programs enhance the leadership capacity of the participants as well as their organizations, HBS expects the full commitment of both. While participants are attending a program, sponsoring organizations agree to relieve them of their work responsibilities so that they can fully focus on the learning experience.

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