The Intellectual Property Professional Certificate is designed to serve the diverse needs of the community by providing a foundation in securing and maintaining patents, copyrights and trademarks.
Mirroring the local economy, the Intellectual Property Professional Certificate offers a rich diversity in the disciplines of biosciences, software development, medical devices and the arts. Students are carefully prepared to comprehend the unique complexities of their specific industry in advanced subject specific courses.
This Intellectual Property Professional Certificate is designed for the professional who wishes to change emphasis or earn continuing education credit; for the novice, wishing to begin a career in intellectual property; and those simply wishing to gain advice, perspective, develop basic skills, and/or network for personal gain. With the help of a highly-qualified and prestigious advisory board, we have developed a comprehensive program that focuses on essential intellectual property concepts and procedures, while allowing the student to customize his/her program by choosing an emphasis through electives.
The Intellectual Property Professional Certificate will focus on a variety of topics, from core subject patents, trademarks and copyrights, and electives that include current topics in Biosciences, Pharmaceutical, Telecommunications, Software Development, Literature and Art.
Please Note: The Intellectual Property Certificate is NOT approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) because it is not a type of program that the ABA oversees, approves, or certifies. The Paralegal Certificate Program is the only UC San Diego Extension program currently approved by the ABA.
There will be a $60 fee upon acceptance into the program
All 7 are required
Explore the basic concepts of intellectual property. The nuts and bolts of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets are explained in layman's terms. Real-life examples and "war stories" are interwoven to clarify and emphasize the hot intellectual property issues that can make or break a company's financial health.
Copyright law protects music, architecture, writing, computer programs, plays, websites, dance, and visual arts. While appearing simple on the surface, copyright law is deep with complexity. Participants will learn the basics of copyright law along with many practical details including the registration process, ownership, assignment, works made for hire, licenses, and enforcement.
How are inventions protected? From obtaining a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to enforcing the rights granted thereby, this course thoroughly explores aspects of the U.S. Patent System. The course places an emphasis on how rights are acquired and the scope of those protections. It will also cover recent U.S. Supreme Court and appellate level developments in the dynamic area of Patent Law, with an in-depth analysis of the requirements for patentability, validity, and enforceability of U.S. patents.
Trademark law protects any word, symbol, design, device, logo or slogan that identifies and distinguishes one product from another. In this course, you will learn about the Lanham Act, federalization of unfair competition laws, the requirements for trademark eligibility, registering and protecting a trademark. Current events and up-to-date information at both the State and Federal levels are covered including the impact of e-commerce and the Internet.
This course covers the patent process in detail and includes application, prosecution responses, and continuing applications using a practical approach. We will analyze PTO forms and particular attention will be paid to calendaring and moving the patent forward.
Do you need to assist your company with novelty or patentability searches? Are you involved in trademark selection? This course will walk you through the use of the USPTO website, Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS), and other free internet resources to research patents, trademarks and copyrights. You will learn how to use the classification systems to improve your search results. Additional topics include patent family analysis, and searching for due diligence and litigation support. Students must have access to the internet outside of the classroom.
Advanced Issues in IP Law. This course explores the role of patent professionals in Intellectual Property. We bring in a number of subject matter experts to try to give the students a chance to delve more deeply into some of the currently “hot” IP topics, including intellectual property in the drone industry, copyright issues in the music industry, trade secrets, IP litigation, TTAB and PCT procedures, and a look at the ever-evolving software patent issues .
Minimum of 2 units required
Intellectual property rights are essential to the survival of life science companies. This course presents critical information to create and maintain the proprietary position required for commercialization and life cycle management. It provides an overview of key IP law issues, including distinct nuances for the life science industry. Class participants will study criteria for identifying and patenting their technologies, issues associated with patent enforcement and litigation, as well as patent issues associated with due diligence, freedom to operate, and investment. This course also provides a basic understanding of various kinds of agreements that involve intellectual property. The course is designed for life science executive, scientists and researchers, scientific directors, business development and tech transfer managers, investors and industry analysts seeking to acquire a basic understanding of these topics and the ability to identify key issues.
This course will provide developers, vendors and users of computer systems with basic knowledge of intellectual property law as applied to software and the Internet – including strategies for protection of software and Internet content from piracy, and legal considerations involved in the marketing and sales of software and computer systems. Topics will include copyright, trade secret, trademark and patent law as applied to software and the Internet. Particular focus will be on the eligibility of different types of software related inventions to patent, copyright, and trademark protection.
Gain a thorough understanding of foreign patent protection and filing strategy with a focus on PCT practice. The number of PCT Contracting States is currently 123 and growing. It includes all the industrialized countries of the world. PCT is now firmly established as the most cost-effective instrumentality for obtaining international protection and creating an international patent portfolio. A basic working knowledge of the PCT will be taught in this six-week course.
Learning to write a patent application, a complex legal document, is fundamental to securing a patent and being able to enforce your rights for years to come. This course covers the patent drafting process and includes methodology and technique used in the drafting of patent applications. We will analyze different patent drafting procedures and practice. Students will be expected to draft sample patent applications. Students are also expected to have a basic knowledge of patent law.
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