Intellectual Property Management for software companies
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Intellectual Property Management for software companies

An introduction to intellectual property management and tasks for software vendors with a focus on IP due diligence
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Created by Karl Michael Popp
Last updated 1/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • get acquainted with IP management for software companies
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  • very basic knowledge of the software industry

 This course is about intellectual property management for companies in the software industry. Our special focus is on IP due diligence for software companies and we show a detailed view of the activities conducted in IP due diligence. More lectures will be added over time.

Who is the target audience?
  • Program managers
  • product managers
  • software product managers
  • software solution managers
  • CEOs
  • CFOs
  • Investors
  • Students
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Curriculum For This Course
5 Lectures
Introduction to intellectual property management
1 Lecture 23:06
Intellectual property is a key asset in the software industry.

To have the right strategy for IP and to manage IP is paramount.

This lecture explains IP strategy and the tasks of IP Management.
Preview 23:06
IP Management in M&A
4 Lectures 55:02
In the software industry, you hardly find any software that does not contain third party or open source software. This third party and open source software is supplied to the software vendor using these components. To better understand the details of supplier relationships in the software industry, this lecture give all the pros and cons of the different supplier relationships.
Supply chains in the software industry: OEM, Resell and others

In the software industry intellectual property is often the most important asset of a company. Besides employees and intellectual property there often are no other significant assets or means of production. But how is intellectual property generated and leveraged in the software industry?

So what is important if you acquire a software company regarding intellectual property? In a holistic IP due diligence, the stock of intellectual property rights, relations with all sources and all the relations of exploitation are examined. With the acquisition of a software company the following views on intellectual property are relevant:
  • Status and review of intellectual property at the target

  • The current state and future possibilities of utilization of IP

Intellectual property due diligence for software companies

This lecture gives you insights into reviews of open source licenses in due diligence.
Starting with an overview of components of software products and a definition of characteristics of open source software, the lecture dives into details of open source reviews.
After the definition of utilizations, meaning how the open source software shall be used in commercial software and the rights needed to do so, the analysis can begin. The open source license terms can be now checked against the rights needed.
Open source licenses review in due diligence

With this lecture you gain insights into third party license review in due diligence. Based on three different delivery models of software, we show how to analyze third party licenses by asking the right questions
Third party license reviews in due diligence
About the Instructor
Karl Michael Popp
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Corp. Development M&A at SAP

Dr. Karl Popp is director of mergers and acquisitions in the corporate development team at SAP AG, one of the largest software companies in the world, responsible for holistic analysis of acquisition opportunities and post merger integration.
Before working on M&A, Karl has managed all OEM and Resell partnerships for SAP NetWeaver, SAP´s technology platform. In this function he managed the evaluation of several dozen OEM and Resell suppliers, the contracts and the continuous improvements in processes for supplier management.

In addition, Karl continuously researches in the field of business process and business modeling for the software industry.

His current research interest is on structures of the software industry, esp. ecosystems of companies, management of ecosystems and business models for partnerships between software vendors. He also researches IP Management and supply chains in the software in industry as chains of OEM relationships.

He is a long time member of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE and was appointed SAP Ventures fellow in 2007 and SAP Ventures MVP in 2008. He also is a long time member of Gesellschaft für Informatik (german association for computer science).