As defined by the World Intellectual Property Organization: "Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.
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.