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Patent Law An Introduction Online Course

Patent Law: An Introduction is an introductory course that provides a general overview of US patent law. This course covers the fundamentals of how to identify and document a invention, search for patents related to the invention, apply for a patent application, and prosecute a patent application.

This course is designed for professionals involved in business and technology needing an introduction or review of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patent law.

Course Outcome

After completing Patent Law: An Introduction, students will be equipped with a basic understanding of the following:

  • What is a patent
  • What are the various patent types
  • How to read a patent
  • How to conduct a patent search
  • What and when is confidentiality
  • What is freedom to operate
  • What is the patentability criteria
  • How to file for a patent
  • What are the rules of patent ownership
  • What are the rules of filing internationally

No previous experience or coursework required

Students will be assigned 5 homework assignments, and a final project for each course.

  1. Introduction
  2. Confidentiality and non-disclosure
  3. Conducting a patent search
  4. Freedom to operate (FTO)
  5. Claims and interpretation
  6. Patent criteria
  7. Filing a patent application
  8. Patent type
  9. Patent ownership
  10. International filing

Course Delivery

This course is Instructor-led and delivered through our award-winning online Learning Management System