Intellectual Property Law for Engineers

All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally-based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention, and its creator, are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. The class will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement, and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents). We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

Although we are mostly concerned with patent law, we also deal with copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods. The engineer must be at least conversant with the other forms of intellectual property. In a relatively short time, we will give you a survey of the rights of creative and ingenious people and provide you with the information to protect yourself and your ideas in Intellectual Property matters.

OBJECTIVES: At the end of this program, the participants will be able to:
•Implement the initial necessary steps to protect their invention/idea.
•Understand and differentiate the various types of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) including Patents (utility, plant, and design), Copyrights, Trade Marks, Trade Dress and Trade Secrets.
•Explain the business value and importance of relationship between innovation, Intellectual Property and business development.
•Determine what is and is not patentable and when a patent is not the best IP protection.
•Locate and apply IP information.
•Explain the patent process and the rights which come with a patent and right to use novel and prior art.
•Determine content to include in a patent application and why.
•Contact correct IP professionals at appropriate times in IP process.
•Effectively communicate their ideas to an IP professional.
•Display a basic understanding of disclosure and confidentiality agreements including employment contracts, non-disclosure agreements and liability issues.

Course is only available online.
Tuition: $645 (Textbooks not included.)

Call 718-390-3221 to register.

Visit the Center for Legal Studies website for additional information.