Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators
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.
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.
- 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.
- The Foundations of Patent Protection05:54
- The History of Patents05:44
- America’s Uniquely-Democratic Patent System11:00
- Patent Law & Litigation06:31
- The Patent System and U.S. Economic Growth05:22
- Patents: Introduction and Basics15 questions
- Criteria for Patenting06:17
- The Debate Over Software Patents05:23
- Other Types of Patents05:03
- Applying for a Patent06:12
- Patents: Eligibility and Criteria12 questions
- Enforcing Patent Rights05:37
- Taking Claims to Court05:34
- Defending Your Patent in Court06:35
- The Patent Infringement Trial05:40
- Mediation and Arbitration05:44
- The Rise of Patent Trolls06:11
- Patents: Defending and Enforcing13 questions
- Copyright Introduction and Basics05:16
- Problems with Early Copyright Systems05:54
- Copyright: Introduction and Basics12 questions
- Copyright in the Courts05:25
- Works Eligible for Copyright05:24
- Work for Hire, First-Sale, and Moral Rights06:09
- Copyrights: Eligibility and Limitations9 questions
- Copyright Law Adapts to New Technology06:00
- Digital Works and Copyright Challenges05:49
- Alternatives to Traditional Copyright05:26
- Copyright: Copyright in the Internet Age5 questions
- Early Trademark Systems04:29
- The Economic and Legal Value of Trademarks04:42
- Trademark Law in the United States02:52
- Trademark: Introduction and History12 questions
- Four Types of Trademarks02:46
- Trademark Subject Matter06:07
- Spectrum of Distinctiveness05:32
- Bars to Trademark Registration05:29
- Trademark: Eligibility and Application10 questions
- Benefits of Establishing Trademark Protection06:04
- Infringement and Remedies06:19
- Fair Use and Trademarks02:39
- Trademark: Defending and Enforcing6 questions
- Trade Secrets and Protection05:01
- Trade Secrets: Introduction and History8 questions
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.