TECH 582
Intellectual Property and Patent Prosecution for Scientists

This course will provide a general review of the intellectual property (IP) ecosystem and a comprehensive analysis of the patenting process from a business perspective. IP is a currency that connects the global community, and this course explores how patents and other intellectual property spur innovation, new product development, and business growth. The course will also explore how one values and uses a protected technology, covering issues such as the place of technology in the research and development pipeline, and the effects of regulatory compliance. Using an historical approach to account for social, economic, and technological changes, students will gain greater knowledge of the history of the patent system, the evolution of U.S. patent law, the process of obtaining, defending, and attacking patents. Students will also review the many different ways to resolve conflicts involving intangible property. This is an elective for Advanced Studies in Technology Transfer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand invention, discovery, creative work, secret, and how they can give a business advantage
  • Gain a high-level understanding to distinguish between or obtain the four types of IP: patents; trademarks and service marks; copyrights; and, trade secrets in the context of supporting business development
  • Describe U.S. patenting process, both historically and in the context of the movement toward global harmonization through international IP frameworks
  • Explore some common career options in the IP field, such as patent agents and attorneys, licensing professional, technology transfer professional, technology searcher, and patent examiner
  • Draft at least the most important sections of a patent application



Class Type

Graduate Course




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