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.
The Intellectual Property Law for Engineers is offered in partnership by the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and the Center for Legal Studies
All engineers concerned with patent law
7 weeks / 42 hours / 4.2 CEUs
Bill Thoms, is professor emeritus of law at the University of North Dakota. Currently he is an Associate Research Fellow at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, North Dakota State University.
• Rockman, Howard, Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley - IEEE Press (2004). Order Online Now
Highly Recommended Legal Resources
• Garner, Bryan A., Black's Law Dictionary, 3rd Pocket Edition. St. Paul: West Publishing.
• WESTLAW legal research access, available for the duration of the course for only $75. Buy Online
You will be expected to spend an average of 8 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments. Please note that, barring extenuating circumstances, extensions will not be granted for this online course. 70% is the minimum passing score on all tests and assignments for this course. Students may consider working ahead in the curriculum if they have the time.