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About the Intellectual Property Program

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.

Complete the application and pay application fee.
Format: Online

In-class options available for some courses; varies by quarter.

Estimated Cost: $4,508

Cost varies by format selection and curriculum updates.

Duration: 12-24 Months

Varies by student and courses taken per quarter.

Contact
Department
Business, Professional & Legal Programs
Phone
858-534-8164
Email
unexlaw@ucsd.edu

Courses

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Required Courses

All 7 are required

Principles of CopyrightsBUSA-40539

Units: 3.00

$495

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. Participa...

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Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Principles of PatentsBUSA-40537

Units: 3.00

$495

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 Sys...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Principles of TrademarksBUSA-40538

Units: 3.00

$495

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...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Patent ProsecutionBUSA-40540

Units: 3.00

$495

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 attent...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Patent and IP SearchingBUSA-40541

Units: 3.00

$495

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 Electroni...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Advanced Issues in Intellectual PropertyBUSA-40542

Units: 3.00

$495

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 delv...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Intellectual Property LawBUSA-40263

Units: 2.00

$395

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 i...

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Typically Offered:

Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Elective Courses

Minimum of 2 units required

Biotech Patent LawBUSA-40716

Units: 2.00

TBD

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 commerciali...

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Foreign Patent ProsecutionBUSA-40624

Units: 2.00

$395

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 in...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Winter, Summer

Patent DraftingBUSA-40682

Units: 2.00

$395

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 p...

Upcoming Start Dates:
Typically Offered:

Fall, Spring

Advisory Board

Mark Abumeri, J.D.

Partner

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Bernie Greenspan

Intellectual Property Consultant

Greenspan IP Management

Hani Sayed, J.D.

Associate

Rutan & Tucker, LLP

Leonard Svensson, Esq.

Partner

Birch, Strewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.