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What you will learn

  • Explain the scope and limits of patent protection

  • Analyze and apply the standards of patentability to navigate the requirements of patent law.

  • Interpret the importance and significance of specific patent claims presented in an issued patent

  • Develop strategies for addressing patent infringement

Skills you will gain

InnovationBusiness StrategyReading a PatentCompetition
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

3 hours to complete

What is Patent Law?

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 45 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
7 videos
The Importance of Patent Claims7m
Understanding a Patent12m
The Institutional Structure of the Patent System8m
Enforcement via the U.S. Courts4m
Life of a Patent6m
Takeaway Points2m
4 readings
Pre-Course Survey (Optional)10m
Segway Patent25m
Optional Reading: Understanding Patent Claims30m
Trends in Patent Lawsuits25m
3 practice exercises
Patent Document
Life of a Patent
Module 1 Quiz20m

Week 2

3 hours to complete


3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 41 min), 6 readings, 3 quizzes
9 videos
The Standards for Patentability2m
Patent Disclosure Requirement6m
The Novelty Requirement3m
The Nonobviousness Requirement4m
The Inventorship Requirement3m
The Utility Requirement3m
The Subject Matter Requirement6m
Takeaway Points1m
6 readings
Patent Prosecution25m
Optional Reading: Patentability Requirements25m
Understanding the Enablement Requirement25m
Patent Obviousness25m
Inventor? Author? Contributor? Owner?10m
When Can an Invention Be Patented?10m
3 practice exercises
Disclosure Requirement
Module 2 Quiz25m

Week 3

1 hour to complete

The Scope of a Patent

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
The Components of Patent Claims6m
Interpreting Patent Claims6m
How to Define Claim Terms7m
Caveats and Cautions when Determining Patent Coverage3m
Takeaway Points2m
1 reading
Patent Claim Structure30m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz20m

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Patent Enforcement

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 49 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
The Mechanics of Patent Enforcement8m
Patent Infringement2m
Case Study: The Super Soaker6m
The Doctrine of Equivalents5m
How to Avoid Infringement4m
Remedies for Infringement6m
Takeaway Points1m
4 readings
Optional Reading Doctrine of Equivalents25m
Patent Claims: Broad vs. Narrow30m
Concluding Thoughts10m
Post-Course Survey (Optional)10m



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About the Intellectual Property Law Specialization

Intellectual property is the currency of the tech world. The pharmaceutical patent for Lipitor generated over $100 billion in revenue, the copyright for the Harry Potter franchise has generated over $25 billion to date, and the trademarked brands of the world’s largest tech companies now eclipse $100 billion in value. But what makes these intangible assets so valuable? Through the courses in this specialization, you will learn the differences between the various forms of U.S. intellectual property rights, including patents, copyrights, and trademarks, and their various applications to human innovations. Drawing from that knowledge, you will then work to develop a trademark strategy for a company, analyze a patent document, and address a copyright cease-and-desist request. After completing these hands-on projects, you will have the necessary framework to craft integrated intellectual property strategies tailored to an organization’s core business goals....
Intellectual Property Law

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