Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Online Courses on Intellectual Property

There are several online courses on intellectual property. Some are free.

(Image from WIPO)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a leader in distance learning. General courses on intellectual property are offered throughout the year for free. Beginners can join IP Panaroma to have an overview of intellectual property. Intermediate course on specific intellectual property topics involves minimal fee. Some of the courses on demand include:

  • IP Panorama (for beginners)
  • General Course on Intellectual Property
  • Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Patent Information Search
  • Basics of Patent Drafting
  • Intellectual Property Management
European Patent Office (EPO) provides specific training on patent matters. Courses relevant to European patents are offered.

  • EPO Patent Information Tools
  • Introduction to the European Patent System 
  • Patentability in Information and Communications Technology
  • Patentablility in Healthcare, Biotechnology and Chemistry
  • Patenting Artificial Intelligence
  • Patenting Blockchain
European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is a separate entity from EPO that manages European trademarks and design. Webinars, learning area and courses offered including:

  • European Union Trade Mark (EUTM) in a Nutshell
  • International Classification of Goods and Services
  • Registered Community Design (RCD) in a Nutshell
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) produces eLearning modules for components of intellectual property:

  • Introduction to Patent Protection
  • Copyright: Encouraging and Protecting Creativity
  • Overview of Trademarks
Japan Patent Office (JPO) provides e-Learning for specific patent topics.

  • Requirements for Claims
  • Novelty
  • Inventive Step
Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) also has an e-learning centre. WIPO IP Panorama was jointly developed with KIPO. Some topic of interest:

  • Patent Map
  • International Application through the PCT System and its Strategies
  • International Trademark Application through Madrid System and its Strategies
  • Interpreting and Drafting Patent Documents in US, Japan, Korea, EPO and Australia, respectively
 Coursera and edX provides courses from several universities.
  • Intellectual Property Law, University of Pennsylvania
  • Protecting Business Innovations, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Patenting in Biotechnology, Copenhagen Business School
  • Intellectual Property Law, Tsinghua University (in Chinese)

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