Check out this intellectual property case study from ‘The Entrepreneurs Guide to IP’ lecture series featuring Diana Torres of Kirkland & Ellis! Diana leads the class through a case study on the subjects of joint authorship and work for hire agreements.

Adapted from Michelson IP curriculum, ‘The Entrepreneurs Guide to IP’ is a standalone 3-unit course offered through the University of Southern California’s Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies within the USC Marshall School of Business. The course doubles as a speaker series and is designed to give students a practical, working knowledge of intellectual property.

Who owns the copyright on source code written by a freelance coder? Find out in the clip below!

Entrepreneur’s Guide to IP: Joint Authorship and Work for Hire Agreements from Michelson 20MM Foundation on Vimeo.


The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, addresses critical gaps in intellectual property education to empower the next generation of inventors. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson. To learn more, visit