Fundamentals of Patent Protection for Engineers

Learn the basics of patent protection, aiming to help engineers gain some intellectual property awareness
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  • Contents Video: 44 mins
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Published 10/2013 English

Course Description

This tutorial teaches the basics of patent protection, aiming to help engineers gain some intellectual property awareness and lay a good IP foundation for them. People who complete this tutorial will become active members of a company’s innovation source, understand the essence of true patent protection and be able to efficiently capture any valuable intellectual properties from their daily engineering work. This tutorial covers various IP topics in an easy to understand language from unique perspectives of engineers.

The tutorial includes downloadable "Course Notes" containing a transcript of all audio from the tutorial.

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Once you've completed all lectures and have passed the final quiz with a score of 70% or better, request your certificate of completion from IEEE, good for 1 Professional Development Hour or .3 Continuing Education Units, available at no extra charge.

About the Author

Dr. Matthew Ma has an extensive industrial experience having worked in the field of electrical and computer engineering with 2 published books, more than 30 publications and 14 U.S. granted patents. He has also played several roles in the intellectual property field as IP analyst, in- house IP counsel and Director of Intellectual Property in the last several years. He is an IEEE senior member and also a patent agent admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

His third book Fundamentals of Patenting and Licensing for Scientists and Engineers, World Scientific, 2009, has been featured in IEEE Spectrum Oct 2009 issue. It has also been adopted by several universities as text books for their innovation courses in U.S., Norway and China. It is indeed his engineering background that motivated him to write his book about patents and this IEEE tutorial series from the unique perspective of engineers and inventors.

Matthew holds a B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D., all in electrical and computer engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, University at Buffalo and Northeastern U. of USA, respectively. He can be reached at mattma@ieee.org.

What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • What are patent rights and the basics of patent law
  • What are patentable ideas and what could be valuable patents
  • Basic tips and pitfalls of IP protection
  • How to work with patent attorneys or agents and turn ideas into assets
  • Difference between publication and patents
  • Patent search tools and how to get the gist of a patent

What is the target audience?

  • Engineers and technical professionals who want to learn the basics of patent protection

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Overview
02:16
Overview

This tutorial teaches the basics of patent protection ,aiming to help engineers gain some intellectual property awareness and lay a good IP foundation for them. People who complete this tutorial will become active members of a company’s innovation source, understand the essence of true patent protection and be able to efficiently capture any valuable intellectual properties from their daily engineering work. This tutorial covers various IP topics in an easy-to-understand language from unique perspectives of engineers, such as:

  • What are patent rights and the basics of patent law
  • What are patentable ideas and what could be valuable patents
  • Basic tips and pitfalls of IP protection
  • How to work with patent attorneys or agents and turn ideas into assets
  • Difference between publication and patents
  • Patent search tools and how to get the gist of a patent

Dr. Matthew Ma has an extensive industrial experience having worked in the field of electrical and computer engineering with 2 published books, more than 30 publications and 14 U.S. granted patents. He has also played several roles in the intellectual property field as IP analyst, in- house IP counsel and Director of Intellectual Property in the last several years. He is an IEEE senior member and also a patent agent admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

His third book Fundamentals of Patenting and Licensing for Scientists and Engineers, World Scientific, 2009, has been featured in IEEE Spectrum Oct 2009 issue. It has also been adopted by several universities as text books for their innovation courses in U.S., Norway and China. It is indeed his engineering background that motivated him to write his book about patents and this IEEE tutorial series from the unique perspective of engineers and inventors.

Matthew holds a B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D., all in electrical and computer engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, University at Buffalo and Northeastern U. of USA, respectively. He can be reached at mattma@ieee.org.

Section 2: Part 2
Part 2
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Section 3: Part 3
Part 3
Preview
10:31
Section 4: Part 4
Part 4
05:17
Section 5: Part 5
Part 5
06:04
Section 6: Part 6
Part 6
12:57
Section 7: Final Quiz
Quiz
10 questions
Section 8: Certificate of Completion
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Once you've completed all lectures and have passed the final quiz with a score of 70% or better, request your certificate of completion from IEEE, good for 1 Professional Development Hour or .3 Continuing Education Units

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