Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators
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Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators

Develop a working knowledge of the basics of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets
4.4 (34 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
3,490 students enrolled
Last updated 2/2017
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English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 38 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • 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 20MM Foundation’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 20MM Foundation in partnership with The Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPOEF). Michelson 20MM  and its initiatives are made possible by the generous support of Dr. Gary Karlin Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

Who is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
38 Lectures
03:33:47
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Patents: Introduction and Basics
5 Lectures 34:31

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the philosophical logic behind granting patents.
  • Describe the role of patents in fostering invention.
The Foundations of Patent Protection
05:54

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Outline the history of patents from antiquity through the 1700s
  • Identify flaws in early European patent systems
The History of Patents
05:44

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the Founding Fathers in developing the U.S. patent system.

  • Explain the six unique features of the U.S. patent system.
America’s Uniquely-Democratic Patent System
11:00

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Describe the differences between U.S. and European patent laws.

  • Describe the history of patent litigation in the United States.
Patent Law & Litigation
06:31

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the effects of the U.S. patent system on American economic development

  • Describe trends in the U.S. patenting over the years
The Patent System and U.S. Economic Growth
05:22

Quiz description

Patents: Introduction and Basics
15 questions
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Patents: Eligibility and Criteria
4 Lectures 22:57

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a patentable invention.

  • Understand what is not patentable and why.

  • Identify the criteria that an invention must meet to earn a patent.

  • Understand why non-obviousness is the most difficult hurdle to overcome.
Criteria for Patenting
06:17

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify the characteristics of a patentable invention.

  • Understand what is not patentable and why.

  • Identify the criteria that an invention must meet to earn a patent.

  • Understand why non-obviousness is the most difficult hurdle to overcome.
The Debate Over Software Patents
05:23

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Explain the differences among utility, plant, and design patents.

  • Describe common patent misconceptions.
Other Types of Patents
05:05

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the steps in the patent application process.

  • Discuss the importance of proper claims drafting.
Applying for a Patent
06:12

Quiz description

Patents: Eligibility and Criteria
12 questions
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Patents: Defending and Enforcing
6 Lectures 35:21

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic rights of patent owners.

  • Gain an appreciation of the complex process of patent litigation.

  • Understand the variety of options one has in enforcing patent rights.

  • Appreciate the time and expense involved in doing so.
Enforcing Patent Rights
05:37

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the variety of options one has in enforcing patent rights.

  • Appreciate the time and expense involved in doing so.

  • Understand the pros and cons in deciding who, what, where, when, and how to sue an infringe.
Taking Claims to Court
05:34

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the various pretrial motions available to parties in a litigation.

  • Understand the multiple procedures involved in the pretrial phase of patent litigation.

  • Appreciate the costs involved and the ways they affect the ultimate trial outcome.
Defending Your Patent in Court
06:35

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of jury selection and opposing arguments.

  • Grasp why patent trials are often called “morality plays.”

  • Grasp the significance of equitable proceedings in the post-trial phase.

  • Appreciate the ways in which findings of “inequitable conduct,” “willfulness,” and/or “exceptional case” can alter trial results.

  • Understand what happens after a jury verdict is entered.

  • Appreciate the chances of success of appeals based on fact versus legal issue.
The Patent Infringement Trial
05:40

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the various alternative methods of dispute resolution.

  • Distinguish the pros and cons of arbitration versus mediation.
Mediation and Arbitration
05:44

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the threat posed by patent trolls to innocent businesses.

  • Understand the difference between legitimate patent holders enforcing their rights and extortionist patent trolls who try to game the legal system.
The Rise of Patent Trolls
06:11

Quiz description

Patents: Defending and Enforcing
13 questions
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Copyrights: Introduction and Basics
2 Lectures 11:10

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the theoretical and legal underpinnings of copyright.

  • Appreciate the important differences between copyrights and patents.
Copyright Introduction and Basics
05:16

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role early copyright systems played in enforcing monopolies.

  • Appreciate the degree to which authors’ rights were ignored at that time.
Problems with Early Copyright Systems
05:54

Copyright: Introduction and Basics
12 questions
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Copyrights: Eligibility and Limitations
3 Lectures 16:58

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand the utilitarian nature of copyright law

  • Grasp the link between allied rights like the right of privacy and copyright


Copyright in the Courts
05:25

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Know what kinds of creative work are eligible for copyright.

  • Grasp the broad definition of “authors” and “literary works."
Works Eligible for Copyright
05:24

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Discern the specific rights granted to copyright owners.

  • Understand the term of those rights as well as in some cases their limitations.
Work for Hire, First-Sale, and Moral Rights
06:09

Copyrights: Eligibility and Limitations
9 questions
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Copyright in the Internet Age
3 Lectures 17:15

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • See how copyright law has continually adapted to technological change.

  • Note how digital entertainment industries in particular have been affected by changes in copyright law
Copyright Law Adapts to New Technology
06:00

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • See how a changing music industry has been affected by copyright.

  • Appreciate the challenges that continued technology advances may pose for copyright in the future.
Digital Works and Copyright Challenges
05:49

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand how alternative forms of copyright are emerging in today’s increasingly digital ecosystem.
Alternatives to Traditional Copyright
05:26

Copyright: Copyright in the Internet Age
5 questions
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Trademarks: Introduction and History
3 Lectures 12:03

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the origins of trademarks.

  • Analyze examples of early forms of trademarks.
Early Trademark Systems
04:29

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Understand trademarks and their properties.

  • Identify differences between trademarks and other intellectual property rights.
The Economic and Legal Value of Trademarks
04:42

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Grasp the basics of trademark law.

  • Analyze the notable trademark cases.
Trademark Law in the United States
02:52

Trademark: Introduction and History
12 questions
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Trademarks: Eligibility and Application
4 Lectures 19:54

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify the four types of trademarks.

  • Compare differences between types of trademarks.
Four Types of Trademarks
02:46

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Learn the subject matter of trademarks.

  • Analyze characteristics of various forms of trademarks.
Trademark Subject Matter
06:07

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Discover the elements of distinctiveness within trademarks.

  • Identify the various kinds of marks used.
Spectrum of Distinctiveness
05:32

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify the bars to trademark.

  • Dissect criteria for trademark registration.
Bars to Trademark Registration
05:29

Trademark: Eligibility and Application
10 questions
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Trademarks: Defending and Enforcing
3 Lectures 15:02

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify the reasons for establishing trademark registration.

  • Understand the process of trademark protection.
Benefits of Establishing Trademark Protection
06:04

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Identify the factors involved in trademark infringement.

  • Understand the basis for determining similarity.

  • Explain remedies for trademark infringement.

  • Discuss effects of infringement.
Infringement and Remedies
06:19

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Discuss fair use of trademarks.

  • Identify examples of fair use cases.
Fair Use and Trademarks
02:39

Trademark: Defending and Enforcing
6 questions
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Trade Secrets: Introduction and History
1 Lecture 05:01

At the end of this lecture, you will be able to:

  • Define trade secrets.

  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of protecting intellectual property through trade secrets.

  • Identify the roots of trade secret law in the United States.

  • Explain the purpose of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
Trade Secrets and Protection
05:01

Trade Secrets: Introduction and History
8 questions
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About the Instructor
The Michelson 20MM Foundation
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Catalyzing Innovation in Higher Education

Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Michelson 20MM is dedicated to supporting and investing in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, and initiatives that seek to transform learning and improve access to educational opportunities that lead to meaningful careers. 20MM's Michelson IP Initiative provides books, videos, and other first-of-a-kind resources about patents, copyrights, trademarks, and more — all for free.