Course Detail: CEPD-IPLEOL - Intellectual Property Law for Engineers

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.

Additional Information

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. Coursework in Intellectual Propertyis equivalent to 45 clock hours of study.

Course Objectives

At the end of this program, the participants will be able to:

  • Implement the initial necessary steps to protect their invention/idea
  • Understand and differentiate the various types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)including Patents (utility, plant, and design), Copyrights, Trade Marks, Trade Dress and Trade Secrets
  • Explain the business value and importance of relationship between innovation, Intellectual Property and business development
  • Determine what is and is not patentable and when a patent is not the best IP protection
  • Locate and apply IP information
  • Explainthe patent process and the rights which come with a patent and right to use novel and prior art
  • Determine content to include in a patent application and why
  • Contact correct IP professionals at appropriate times in IP process
  • Effectively communicate their ideas to an IP professional
  • Display abasic understanding of disclosure and confidentiality agreements including employment contracts, non-disclosure agreements and liability issues

Registration Deadlines

Course Begins

Register By

Course Ends

August 22

August 26

October 7, 2022

October 17

October 21

December 2, 2022

January 9

January 13

February 24, 2023

March 6

March 10

April 21, 2023

May 1

May 5

June 16, 2023

June 26

June 30

August 11, 2023

Required Books

Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists -ISBN 978-0-471-44998-0

Recommended Books

Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition- ISBN 978-1-4180-8091-4

Westlaw Access


There are no prerequisites for this course.

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


 Session Detail: CEPD-IPLEOL-23SP1

Schedule: 100% ONLINE SELF-PACED
Times: 12:00am - 11:59pm
$ : $995.00

Facility Detail

Online Self-Paced
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60484