MGMT 162

Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization

Description: Lecture, three hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Introduction to transformation of new knowledge and inventions into viable commercial products and services, with particular emphasis on technology being developed at major research universities like UCLA. Initial emphasis on assessment and protection of intellectual property and early evaluation of technologies to determine potential for commercialization. How intellectual property in its various forms is protected and how rights to these assets are negotiated by parties involved. Examination of nature of contracts and negotiation between university technology transfer offices, researchers, technical experts, and early investors in commercialization space that might lead to patents, licenses, or new business development. Letter grading.

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Overall Rating 3.0
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Clarity 3.0/ 5
Workload 2.5/ 5
Helpfulness 2.5/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Spring 2021 - I would never ever take this class or another class with Wilson ever again. The entrepreneurship minor is a complete joke, they do not teach you anything relevant about how to be an entrepreneur: they just assign busy work assignments and slap on convoluted labels and definitions to business world stuff that is common sense. Wilson in particular is a horrible teacher, the guy took 6 weeks to upload a syllabus to the class page, grades hard for no reason and is very unclear. You can follow his directions exactly as he says them, mind you he is too stupid to upload them on canvas and only tells you about your assignments verbally, and then he’ll give you an 82% with no feedback, wondering what you messed up on. But guess what, he does not grade anything till midway through the quarter where you have already submitted a series of assignments. The group projects are disasters as well because at least 1 member of the team will not do anything which makes it much more difficult to compete with the rest of the class since you are graded on a curve. Nathan's solution to this is to mark the non-contributing group members down but if your team is getting B to begin with since it is hard for 3/5 of the members to compete and get A's, then who cares about the participators being marked down, you still get a bad grade. Horrible class, horrible teacher. I could have done way more useful things with my time then listen to Nathans tirades about how life is unfair and how he lost out millions from his failed business ventures. The only thing Nathan should be teaching is how NOT to do entrepreneurship. The guy has failed in every single one of his entrepreneurial endeavors until he got to UCLA. His only successful endeavor was becoming a professor, where he gets paid 300k a year to vent to a bunch of college students about how he was robbed back in his startup days.
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