Course Detail: CLSINTPROP - Intellectual Property Law for Engineers Certificate Course

Course Description
All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally-based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention, and its creator, are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. The class will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement, and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents). We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

Although we are mostly concerned with patent law, we also deal with copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods. The engineer must be at least conversant with the other forms of intellectual property. In a relatively short time, we will give you a survey of the rights of creative and ingenious people and provide you with the information to protect yourself and your ideas in Intellectual Property matters.

Registration Deadlines

Course OpensRegister By
August 24August 28
October 19October 23
January 13January 17
March 9March 13
May 4May 8
June 29July 3
  • - Lesson 1: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • - Lesson 2: The Business of IP
  • - Lesson 3: Utility, Design, and Plant Patents
  • - Lesson 4: Conducting a Patent Search
  • - Lesson 5: The Patent Application
  • - Lesson 6: Protecting Yourself in IP Matters
There are no prerequisites for this course.

Continuing Education Units and Contact Hours
45 contact hours or 4.5 CEUs



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