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Intellectual Property Law for Engineers Certificate

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 class will deal with patent applications, research and prosecution; the law of infringement, and computer applications of software (protected by copyright) and hardware (by patents). We will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials and methods of doing business and research. Not only do we deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.

Although we are mostly concerned with patent law, we also deal with copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods. The engineer must be at least conversant with the other forms of intellectual property. In a relatively short time, we will give you a survey of the rights of creative and ingenious people and provide you with the information to protect yourself and your ideas in Intellectual Property matters.

Lesson 1: Introduction to Intellectual Property Law.
Lesson 2: The Business of IP.
Lesson 3: Utility, Design, and Plant Patents.
Lesson 4: Conducting a Patent Search.
Lesson 5: The Patent Application.
Lesson 6: Protecting Yourself in IP Matters.

Successful graduates of this non-credit course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.  Remember to  register under Florida Gulf Coast University on the website.

Intellectual Property Law for Engineers Certificate Online Course Schedule
2014 Session 6: October 20 - December 5, 2014
2015 Session 1: January 12 - February 27, 2015
2015 Session 2: March 9 - April 24, 2015
2015 Session 3: May 4 - June 19, 2015
2015 Session 4: June 29 - August 14, 2015

Available in 7 week sessions/ 6 times per year at the tuition price of $645.

The program is offered by FGCU and The Center for Legal Studies. For more information visit the website at or call Stephanie Elio 1-800-522-77371-800-522-7737 for immediate assistance.

Convenient online format accessible anytime from any computer with Internet access. This course is designed to provide engineers with the intellectual property know how to protect their ideas and inventions.