Intellectual Property Fundamentals

Course Description:

This module introduces scientists to IP by weaving the basic areas of IP (patents, copyright, trade-marks and trade secrets) with an understanding of inventors’ rights and obligations and the mechanisms by which such rights can be harnessed into the economically beneficial outcomes of commercialization, both within the academic milieu and beyond. Using a case study, students will learn to read and interpret patent documents, conduct patent and trade-mark searches, and gain an understanding of IP matters in the context of commercializing an invention by conducting freedom to operate analyses. The module also includes a panel presentation of the IP policies of the University and its affiliated hospitals to familiarize students with each institution’s inventions policies.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this module students should be able to: (1) Identify different types of intellectual property, (2) Understand basic practices around establishing companies including: registering corporations and trade names, and (3) Understand basic patent searching and strategy.

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0.25 FCE

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