LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Introduction to Intellectual Property is now available through OpenStax, the leading publisher of free, open educational resource (OER) textbooks. As a part of the Rice University-based publisher’s business catalog, the digital textbook will provide additional value and support to undergraduate business, entrepreneurship, and STEM education–at no cost to faculty or students.

“Today’s students are inspired to pursue their ideas for innovations, and understanding intellectual property will be a tremendous asset for them,” said Professor Sal Veas, Santa Monica College business department chair. “As an open educational resource, Introduction to Intellectual Property is freely accessible to all students, regardless of economic status.”

The textbook, published initially as The Intangible Advantage: Understanding Intellectual Property in the New Economy by the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property (Michelson IP), addresses fundamental intellectual property subject matter, including patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secrets. It was written by Pulitzer Prize-nominated intellectual property expert, the late David Kline, and edited by David Kappos, partner, Cravath, Swaine, & Moore LLP and former director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, provides access to empowering IP education for budding inventors and entrepreneurs. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson. To learn more, visit 20mm.org.