Silicon Valley Business School

Patents & IP: Introduction to Intellectual Property
Free Extracts from the Patents & Intellectual Property Course
Below you are free to explore extracts of the learning materials included in this course. If you're interested in educating yourself on these topics, we recommend that you review all these materials. If you're looking for a credential, please take a look at the certificate version of this course which will test your understanding of the materials and track your progress through the course until you have completed it and earned your certificate.

This book written by David Smith, explains the role of patents in business today, discussing the strategies adopted by corporate decision-makers involved in various aspects of the patent wars with special emphasis placed on the high-tech sector and the patent trading marketplace.

  • Video ~ Introduction to Intellectual Property
This voice narrated slideshow presents a summary of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets in the United States.

A patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor, issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A trademark is a word, name, symbol, or device that is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A servicemark is the same as a trademark except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product. Copyright is a form of protection provided to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished.

  • Video ~ Basic Facts: Trademarks, Patents, and Copyrights
In this video, you will understand how to use trademarks, patents, and copyrights to protect different aspects of your business.

  • Video ~ What is a Design Patent?
A design patent protects the shape of an item. Design patents are valid for 14 years from the date of issue.

  • Video ~ Various Types of Patents & Applications
What type of patent should you apply for regarding your invention? Utility Patents are for machines, processes, among others. Design Patents cover the ornamental aspects of useful objects. A Provisional Patent gives you a chance to wait for one year before you file for a Utility Patent.

  • Video ~ What is a Trade Secret?
Video explains what a trade secret is. It also explains the requirements for securing trade secrets as intellectual property rights.

This is a sample from the Patent Practice book by Britten Sessions. The entire book is available and referred to extensively in the certificate course.



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