IEET 450 - Patent and Copyright Law for Engineers and Scientists
Fundamentals of intellectual property rights as applied to engineering and science. Discussion of the basis of those rights in patent, copyright, trade secret, and trademark laws. Focus on patent data base searching, patent claim analysis and review, and patent application drafting. Exposure to the knowledge base required for a career as a patent agent or patent lawyer. Use of case studies to manage intellectual property strategically and to develop the analytical skills necessary for engineers and scientists to protect inventions. Review of employment contracts with a focus on ownership, confidentiality, non-competing provisions, and the associated consequences for engineers and scientists.