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Intellectual Property

This course is an elective in the Paralegal Certificate, but may also be taken as a standalone course. This course is offered once per year.

An examination of the four major areas of intellectual property law: trademark, copyright, patent, and trade secret. Related topics including trade names, restrictive covenants and social media may be addressed. The course will provide students with a conceptual background and practical skills.


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Search, register and maintain trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Identify what a copyright is and what works may be copyrighted.
  • Obtain practical experience in registering a copyright with the Copyright Office.
  • Recognize what constitutes trademark, copyright and patent infringement.
  • Understand the different types of patents, how patents are granted, and what rights are protected.
  • Recognize what constitutes a trade secret and how to protect it.