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About this course
All engineers should be particularly concerned with patent law. This constitutionally based discipline has to do with the process by which an invention and its creator are protected by the law from infringement and unfair competition. The course deals with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement; and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents).
Flexible online education
For over 40 years, CLS has provided students with flexible and effective legal education through a variety of formats catered to a busy life. All formats are designed and updated to remain on pace with the current industry, and are taught by working professionals. Intellectual Property Law for Engineers is offered 100% online, so you can complete your coursework around your schedule while still benefiting from regular instructor and peer interaction.
This course is offered in a convenient online format accessible anytime from any computer with internet access. It is designed to provide engineers with the intellectual property know-how to protect their ideas and inventions.
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- Explores patent classifications, application process and types of intellectual property.
- Students benefit from direct interaction with the instructor and other students.
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Not only does the course deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well. Although mostly focused on patent law, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods are also explored. The engineer must be at least conversant with the other forms of intellectual property. In a relatively short time through this course, you gain an understanding of the rights of creative and ingenious people and how to protect yourself and your ideas in Intellectual Property matters. Coursework in Intellectual Property is equivalent to 45 hours of study. Learn more.
As an engineer, it is important to have an understanding of the rights you have as a creative and ingenious person. You will increase your opportunities and earning potential, and decrease your legal risk, by learning how to protect yourself and your ideas. Learn more.
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CLS courses are designed for adult students and are taught on a college level. Minimum requirements to take any of our courses are a high school diploma or GED, and to be 18 years of age prior to enrollment.
Traditional financial aid (Pell grants, Stafford Loans, etc.) usually do not apply to these courses due to their continuing education status. Please view our Payment Options information to explore possible options.
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