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• This is a literature survey, not legal advice. • The references generally apply only to United States patents. • “It depends … ” Legal advice should only be given by an attorney practicing in the specific legal field familiar with a complete disclosure of all relevant information. If history holds … And the outcome depends … Georgetown University • Likely neither the college or university, or you personally will be directly affected by patent or copyright infringement in the next few years. • But, the music publishers outsourced copyright enforcement to the RIAA and the software industry outsourced license enforcement to the SIIA. Both are proud of the amount they have collected on the behalf of their industries. So … Who is next? And when? Georgetown University • The outcome will largely depend upon what the colleges, universities, and faculty, staff, and students do now to prevent, mitigate, and avoid future infringement claims. • That is the purpose of today’s discussion. Examples of awarded patent

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