This course covers the basics of patents. Why do patents matter and what are the basic requirements of receiving a patent? What is really meant by a patent needing to be novel and non-obvious? What do patents look like and what information do they contain? What are the steps to get a patent? How can you speed up or slow down the patent process for strategic benefit? What are some advanced offensive and defensive patent tactics to create offensive patents and protect yourself against competitors’ patents? What are some practical issues startups face regarding patents, including employee claims, software patents, and patent trolls?