Introduction to Understanding Patents

Learn the basics and not-so-basics of the patenting process so you can take your invention to the next level
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  • Lectures 7
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

This course is perfect for an inventor or anyone who wants to find out how to protect their intellectual property! Chris Hawker, the instructor of this course, is the CEO of Trident Design LLC, a company specializing in designing products and bringing them to market through licensing or manufacturing. Chris's name is on dozens of patents and he has a lot of hands on experience with the patenting process. Learn from his experience - and mistakes - to make the best patenting decisions possible with your invention. This course includes two lectures by Katie Carlson, who heads up the patent and market research at Trident Design. She walks students through how to do their own patent and market searches before hiring a specialist. This 7 part class will take just over an hour to complete.

What are the requirements?

  • No patenting knowledge required
  • This course will be most helpful if you have an invention idea to apply the knowledge to

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand what a patent is
  • Understand what is required and not required to file for a patent
  • Identify the two main types of patents
  • Understand the structure of a patent and find the information that is most important
  • Understand the process of patenting a product from start to finish
  • Make an educated choice in hiring a patent attorney
  • Do your own preliminary patent searches on the Google database
  • Do your own preliminary market searches to figure out if their product already exists

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is perfect for an inventor who wants to understand how to protect their intellectual property.
  • It is also a great course for anyone who is curious about how to do a little preliminary research into whether a patent already exists before spending the money to hire an attorney.
  • This course could be helpful for a large range of skill levels, but is probably not as helpful for an experienced inventor or anyone who has worked with a patent attorney before.

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Section 1: Intro To Patents

Understand what a patent is, how it works, and common myths about patents.

Section 2: Types of Patents

Identify the two main types of patents and how each are used.

Section 3: Getting a Patent

Find the right attorney for your needs, draft a patent application, file the application, understand the costs and time associated with patenting your idea.

Section 4: Anatomy of a Patent

Read and understand a patent, and pull out the important information from what you're reading.

Section 5: Patent Strategy

Understand best practices for patenting: how developed your product idea should be when you file for a patent and when you actually need a patent.

5 questions

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Section 6: How to Do a Patent Search

Do your own preliminary patent search on the Google patent database, understand the search functions, understand why it is important to do your own search before hiring an attorney.

Section 7: How to Do a Market Search
Do your own preliminary search for similar products on the market, identify competitors or potential licensees, understand price points.

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Instructor Biography

Chris Hawker, Inventor, Entrepreneur and Innovation Expert

Christopher Hawker is the owner and CEO of Trident Design, LLC, a product development and commercialization firm working with everyone from independent inventors to large corporations, based in Columbus, Ohio. He has brought over 70 products to market in a variety of industries, including the PowerSquid and the Onion Goggles. He has worked with Stanley, Philips, GE and Kyocera among others.

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