Fundamentals of Patent Protection for Engineers

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*This course was created in 2011.  As laws and regulations regarding intellectual property change and evolve, the material within this tutorial may no longer be accurate.  Users are advised to consult with their counsel when making decisions on how best to protect their intellectual property.*

This course teaches the basics of patent protection, aiming to help engineers gain some intellectual property awareness and lay a good IP foundation for them. People who complete this course will become active members of a company's innovation source, understand the essence of true patent protection and be able to efficiently capture any valuable intellectual properties from their daily engineering work. This course covers various IP topics in an easy to understand language from unique perspectives of engineers such as: What are patent rights and the basics of patent law; What are patentable ideas and what could be valuable patents; Basic tips and pitfalls of IP protection; How to work with patent attorneys or agents and turn ideas into assets; Difference between publication and patents; and Patent search tools and how to get the gist of a patent.


Matthew Ma

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Dr. Matthew Ma has an extensive industrial experience having worked in the field of electrical and computer engineering with 3 published books, over 30 publications and 14 U.S. granted patents. He has also played several roles in the intellectual property field and is an IEEE senior member and also a patent agent admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Matthew holds a B.S., M.S., and a Ph.D., all in electrical and computer engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, University and Northeastern Univ.

Publication Year: 2011

ISBN: 978-1-61284-504-3

Fundamentals of Patent Protection for Engineers
  • Course Provider: Educational Activities
  • Course Number: EDP217
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: 0.1 CEU/ 1 PDH