George Mason University in collaboration with The Center for Legal Studies offers Intellectual Property Law for Engineers Certificate Online.
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). Students will also state what other concepts are patented, as well as machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials, methods of doing business, and research. Not only do they deal with utility patents, but with design and plant patents as well.
Although engineers are mostly concerned with patent law, they will 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, students will be given a survey of the rights of creative and ingenious people and information to protect individuals and ideas in intellectual property matters.
Textbooks are not included in the course registration fee.
Required textbook for this course: Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists, Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley - IEEE Press (2004) by Howard Rockman