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Intellectual Property for Engineers


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

This course provides indoctrination of students in the disciplines of Engineering, Science, Engineering Practice, Agriculture, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation to several aspects of Intellectual Property. Strong emphasis is given to recognizing inventions and obtaining patent protection from United States Patent and Trademark office (USPTO)


This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. The course meets for the entire semester, 1 one-hour lecture per week. In this course, students will : gain a detailed understanding of types of intellectual property types (Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret; learn to recognize inventions and innovative concepts; learn to work with intellectual property attorneys; learn to help patent attorneys with patent claims and prosecution; learn to harness monetary value of IP; learn aspects of licensing, commercialization and litigation; learn Intellectual Property creation and management in corporations; understanding Intellectual Property professional as a career choice; and, have an opportunity to hear from a host of stellar IP professionals

Topics Covered:

Patent, Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret fundamentals; patent claims and prosecution at USPTO; Utility, Design and Plant patents; Introduction to claim drafting; international patent applications



Applied / Theory:

50 / 50



Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: