An overview of intellectual property law as it relates to computer science and other disciplines, including discussions of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, computer fraud litigation and interesting historical tidbits. Emphasis on topics of current interest such as software and business method patents, copyright issues concerning software, music, art and artificial intelligence, and current disputes of note including the recently-settled Waymo v. Uber lawsuit and the ongoing Oracle v. Google, Apple v. Samsung and hiQ v. LinkedIn sagas. Guest lectures typically have covered open source and the free software movement, practical issues for business founders (including corporate formation issues and non-disclosure, non-compete, work-made-for-hire and license agreements), and other pertinent topics. Classes are presented in an open discussion format broadly directed to students with both technical and non-technical backgrounds.
Pranav Rajpurkar is a PhD student in Computer Science at Stanford, working on Artificial Intelligence for Healthcare. He was previously a Stanford undergrad ('16).
Brad Girardeau got his B.S, M.S. degrees in computer science at Stanford ('16, '17). When not thinking about computer security, he can be found playing violin or running across the Golden Gate Bridge.