About this Course
4.8
19 ratings
3 reviews
This course assumes no prior knowledge in law, business or engineering. However, students with backgrounds in all three areas will find useful concepts or ideas in the course on how to protect business innovations using patents. The approach taken in this course is practical and commercial rather than theoretical. A combination of lectures and case studies help to illustrate the concepts and make the course more interesting. After completing this course, students should be able to understand how patents are issued and protect innovations, including: What is a patent? What do they protect? How do we get a patent? Where are patents valid? How much do they cost? In addition to basic concepts the course also deals with advanced topics such as: software patents, business process patents, patenting life, patent trolls and multiple case examples of large and small companies using patents and patent lawsuits. We also expect you to have fun in this course. So go forth and enjoy!...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Introduction to Patents

Welcome to Protecting Business Innovations via Patents! Why are patents so important? You will learn about the basics of patents and how they are useful in protecting innovation as well as some of the limitations and costs of patents. This first module allows you to "survey the buffet". Before you start your survey of Patents, take some time to review the assignments, grading and general course guidelines for this course. Also, don't forget to introduce yourself and say hello to your fellow learners. ...
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9 videos (Total 61 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
1.0 Introduction to Patent Overview4m
1.1 What is a patent?8m
1.2 What do patents protect?8m
1.3 Why do governments create them?9m
1.4 How does a law get made?5m
1.5 How do we get a patent?7m
1.6 Where are patents valid?8m
1.7 Introduction to patent summary5m
Reading2 readings
Course Outline10m
Assignments and Grading10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Introduction to Patent Quiz16m

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1 hour to complete

PROCESS OF GETTING A PATENT

This week we will look at the process of getting a patent in terms of the time, cost and effort required for each step of the patenting process. Here's where you plan your assault on the buffet....
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6 videos (Total 43 min), 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.1 Step 1: Obtaining a provisional patent5m
2.2 Step 2: Formal patent application6m
2.3 Step 3: Review and appeal process9m
2.4 Step 4: Going to court9m
2.5 Process of getting a patent summary8m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Process of Getting a Patent Quiz16m

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1 hour to complete

UTILITY PATENT REQUIREMENTS

We get down to the details on what is needed to submit a formal patent application including providing evidence regarding novelty, utility and non-obviousness. Let's dig in to the main meal....
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7 videos (Total 56 min), 1 quiz
Video7 videos
3.1 #1. Novelty7m
3.2 #2. Utility10m
3.3 #3. Non-Obviousness7m
3.4 Demonstrating non-obviousness8m
3.5 Non-obviousness cases: PBJ & Bathroom Brush9m
3.6 Utility patent requirements summary6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Utility Patent Requirements Quiz16m

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2 hours to complete

ADVANCED PATENT TOPICS

You left room for dessert right? In this week we learn about patent trolls, software patents, business process patents, patenting life and case examples of large and small companies using and going to court over patents....
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8 videos (Total 74 min), 1 quiz
Video8 videos
4.1 Software patents & business process patents10m
4.2 Patenting life8m
4.3 Patent trolls9m
4.4 Samsung vs. Apple11m
4.5 Grim Reaper and Pretzel Crisps10m
Pretzel Crisps (optional for background info)9m
4.6 Advanced patent topics summary10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Advanced patent topics quiz16m
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Top Reviews

By SZApr 8th 2018

Excellent. The only thing that's missing is walking through the patent application form and how is it built. And also who should we write as patent owners, ourselves or the company?

By AAJul 8th 2018

good course , it gives u an idea of patenting process . Mentor is absolutely brillant .

Instructor

Theodore Henry King CLARK

Associate Professor
Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management Department

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