Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators

Develop a working knowledge of the basics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (554 ratings)
15,135 students
Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (554 ratings)
15,135 students
Explain the basics of intellectual property policies.
Understand how intellectual property protections benefit individual creators, business owners, and entrepreneurs.
Describe the relationship between intellectual property protection and economic growth.
Discuss the historical origins of intellectual property law in the United States.

Requirements

  • None.
Description

Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators

Protecting innovations and creative work is more crucial than ever in today’s Knowledge Economy. “Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators” teaches the basics of IP to ordinary citizens, making IP accessible to everyone, not just lawyers and CEOs.

Why is Intellectual Property Important?

IP has grown from a narrowly specialized legal field into a major force in American social and economic life today. Today, IP comprises an astonishing 38 percent of total U.S. GDP, and represents 80 percent of the market value of all publicly-traded companies in the U.S.

Indeed, IP has become the new watchword in almost any career. Look around and you’ll see IP’s imprint everywhere. From Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 board rooms, from MIT engineering labs to Wall Street trading desks, and from college business seminars to debates in Congress over global trade policy, IP issues now lie at the heart of almost every arena of modern life today.

As a result, any person today who does not understand at least the basics of intellectual property — and its value and role in science, business, arts, and the professions — will find him or herself at a distinct disadvantage in the world of tomorrow.

Why Take the Course?

If you are an innovator, entrepreneur, or creator of any kind,  this course will equip you with the necessary knowledge to protect and capitalize on your intellectual property (IP).

  • Patents: How do exclusive rights to your inventions benefit you and society? Find out what’s patentable, what’s not, and how to navigate the patent system successfully.

  • Copyrights: Learn how you can protect a wide variety of artistic and intellectual works. What’s Fair Use – and what’s not?

  • Trademarks: Why are trademarked words, names, and symbols so valuable – and how can you protect them?

  • Trade Secrets: Do you have to publicly disclose your creation to gain legal protection?

Written by Experts

“Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators” is based on The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property’s IP textbook The Intangible Advantage: Understanding Intellectual Property in the New Economy. Authored by Pulitzer Prize-nominated intellectual property expert David Kline, with former Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the Patent Office David Kappos serving as executive editor.

Learn More

To get the most out of this course, download The Intangible Advantage on the MichelsonIP website, where you’ll find the text-only version of the book along with an interactive eBook with built-in learning assessment tools (available in iBooks). You can also access our short animated video series on YouTube, answering the most frequently asked IP questions.

This course is presented by The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of The Michelson 20MM Foundation, in partnership with The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation. Michelson 20MM and its initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

Who this course is for:
  • The content in this course is appropriate for everyone ages 15 years and up.
  • Innovators: Inventors, artists, startup founders, investors, researchers, and anyone else in the innovation ecosystem — learn how you can, and why you should, protect your creations.
  • Legal Professionals: Attorneys, licensing and technology transfer professionals — learn how you can use this resource to help your clients, students, or your overall brand in the competitive world of intellectual property.
  • Educators: Teachers and professors — prepare your students for the new economy and the role intellectual property will play in their future careers.
Course content
12 sections • 38 lectures • 3h 33m total length
  • The Foundations of Patent Protection
    05:54
  • The History of Patents
    05:44
  • America’s Uniquely-Democratic Patent System
    11:00
  • Patent Law & Litigation
    06:31
  • The Patent System and U.S. Economic Growth
    05:22
  • Patents: Introduction and Basics
    15 questions
  • Criteria for Patenting
    06:17
  • The Debate Over Software Patents
    05:23
  • Other Types of Patents
    05:03
  • Applying for a Patent
    06:12
  • Patents: Eligibility and Criteria
    12 questions
  • Enforcing Patent Rights
    05:37
  • Taking Claims to Court
    05:34
  • Defending Your Patent in Court
    06:35
  • The Patent Infringement Trial
    05:40
  • Mediation and Arbitration
    05:44
  • The Rise of Patent Trolls
    06:11
  • Patents: Defending and Enforcing
    13 questions
  • Copyright Introduction and Basics
    05:16
  • Problems with Early Copyright Systems
    05:54
  • Copyright: Introduction and Basics
    12 questions
  • Copyright in the Courts
    05:25
  • Works Eligible for Copyright
    05:24
  • Work for Hire, First-Sale, and Moral Rights
    06:09
  • Copyrights: Eligibility and Limitations
    9 questions
  • Copyright Law Adapts to New Technology
    06:00
  • Digital Works and Copyright Challenges
    05:49
  • Alternatives to Traditional Copyright
    05:26
  • Copyright: Copyright in the Internet Age
    5 questions
  • Early Trademark Systems
    04:29
  • The Economic and Legal Value of Trademarks
    04:42
  • Trademark Law in the United States
    02:52
  • Trademark: Introduction and History
    12 questions
  • Four Types of Trademarks
    02:46
  • Trademark Subject Matter
    06:07
  • Spectrum of Distinctiveness
    05:32
  • Bars to Trademark Registration
    05:29
  • Trademark: Eligibility and Application
    10 questions
  • Benefits of Establishing Trademark Protection
    06:04
  • Infringement and Remedies
    06:19
  • Fair Use and Trademarks
    02:39
  • Trademark: Defending and Enforcing
    6 questions
  • Trade Secrets and Protection
    05:01
  • Trade Secrets: Introduction and History
    8 questions

Instructor
Addressing Critical Gaps in Intellectual Property Education
The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property
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The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, an initiative of the Michelson 20MM Foundation, addresses critical gaps in intellectual property education to empower the next generation of inventors. Michelson 20MM was founded thanks to the generous support of renowned spinal surgeon Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.