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Lack of sufficient finance is a common issue for entrepreneurs and startup companies in all sectors of business, but this can be an accute problem for companies spending time and resources to develop new technologies. Various tools and techniques are discussed in this module to help management navigate a Company through cash crisis and understand the issues involved. The U.S. bankruptcy (Chapter 11, Chapter 7) regulations and protections are explored.
Limiting liability for company founders and investors is an issue for all business people to consider. Another topic of interest for entrepreneurs is the balance of power between the shareholders, directors and officers. In this module, the legal aspects of agency are presented, and the various forms of business entity, including sole proprietor, partnership, corporations, and LLCs are compared and contrasted. Students learn the principles of limited liability, corporate formation, the appointment and powers of officers of directors.
In this module, the student learns the basis of civil procedure in the U.S. Topics covered include personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, venue, pleadings, service of process, joinder and judgments.
California and several other U.S. states operate a form of marital property sharing known as "Community Property". This module presents the core rules of community property, explaining how marital and personal property are divided between spouses on divorce or death of a spouse.
Contract law is an essential topic for anyone involved in business, law, intellectual property technology transfers and other transactions. This module covers contract formation, consideration, performance, breach, and the various defenses that may be assembled to prevent contract enforcement.
The principals of criminal law in the U.S. are presented in this module. Students learn the elements of a criminal case, certain serious crimes, how criminal liability can be extended to reach third party defendants and common defenses to criminal charges.
This module teaches the constitutional and other protections extended to individuals facing criminal charges in the U.S. Topics covered include searches and seizures, warrants, Miranda rights and the defendant's rights to representation by legal counsel.
This course explores what it means to be an entrepreneur, what entrepreneurs do, the risks involved in forming a startup venture, the challenges and potential rewards of entrepreneurship.
The practice of law is highly regulated in the U.S. and this module presents the core rules governing attorneys. Topics include licensing, confidentiality, discipline for misconduct, conflicts of interest, the attorney work product, client referrals, fee sharing, the special roles and duties of lawyers.
U.S. federal rules of evidence are presented in this module. Topics covered include relevancy of evidence, character evidence, hearsay, impeachment of witnesses, expert testimony, authentication and privileges.
This module presents finance and accounting with special emphasis on the entrepreneur and startup venture. Topics covered include modern accounting systems, understanding financial reports, the capitalization table, and company valuation in the context of venture funding, merger/acquisition and IPO.
The essentials of marketing are provided in this module, together with the special challenges and opportunities experienced by startup companies. Modern, online marketing techniques are discusses as well as more traditional methods.
Mergers and acquisitions are significant transactions in the high-technology sector. In this module, students gain an understanding of how company acquisitions are engineered, the transactions are negotiated and structured. The benefits and costs of an acquisition are discussed and contrasted with other forms of exit for company founders.
Patent assertion, defensive measures, portfolio construction and other strategic issues are taught in this module. The various business models encountered in the patent business are presented and discussed, including patent aggregators, non-practicing entities and defensive patent pools.
In this module, the student is provided with an understanding of patents, the patenting process, trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property protection. Patents are essential components of the high-technology business landscape, and in these materials, students gain a good understanding of how and why patents are issued, how they are asserted and can be sometimes invalidated.
This module is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what is involved in raising finance from venture capitalists and other investors. The venture capital business model is introduced, and students the process by which investors evaluate investment opportunities. Students learn how venture capital, angel and other forms of investments are negotiated and structured.
The U.S. laws of real-estate (real property), are discussed in this module. Topics include the acquisition of real-estate, forms of co-ownership, various forms of ownership estate, encumbrances to clean title, present and future interests, landlord and tenant law.
In this module, the student learns the various remedies that can be awarded by the U.S. courts. Legal and equitable remedies are explained. Remedies covered include compensatory damages, punitive damages, injunctions, restraining orders and restitution for unjust enrichment. The materials provide common defenses available in law and equity.
The sales function for a startup company is somewhat different from that of a large, established corporation. This module focuses on the special characteristics of the sales operation and organization in a startup company.
Students explore the law of torts in the United States. Topics include intentional torts, negligence, strict liability, tort remedies and extension of tort liability to third parties.
Trusts are property-holding arrangements used extensively in business, estate planning and intellectual property. The basic laws of trust are presented in this module, including trust formation, trust failure, rights and powers of the trustee, the powers of the beneficiary and the rights of creditors.
This module covers the core elements of U.S. constitutional law including legislative powers, executive powers, federal v. state powers, individual rights, equal protection and free speech.
This course teaches the techniques used to assess real-world valuations of technology-oriented assets and explains how the prices offered by buyers looking to acquire the ideas and productions of inventors, creators, developers and entrepreneurs can be predicted with some accuracy.
Valuation is a vital skill for professionals involved in acquiring, selling, brokering, developing or investing in all forms of businesses and assets. As the assets in the technology sector are mostly made up of intellectual property, startup companies, software and other intangible assets, an appreciation of the valuation techniques used to appraise these technology assets is becoming increasingly important in business today.
This module presents the law of wills and succession in the U.S., with special reference to California law. Topics covered include will formation, challenges to validity of a will, the treatment of spouses and children omitted from a will.
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