CLASS OFFERINGS

Endless IP offers many classes to teach students of all ages about the wonders of Intellectual Property. These classes can be scaled for pre-K through grade 12, college, graduate school, or for professionals. Classes include:

1.     Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists

This lecture introduces basic concepts of Intellectual Property (IP) Law to Engineers and Scientists. Many Engineers and Scientists do not learn about IP until they begin working, if at all. This lecture reverses the trend and empowers Engineering and Science students to learn about Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and other forms of IP to build businesses and shape their careers.

2.      How to Protect a Software App

Software apps are ubiquitous and most new engineers know how to code. Because apps are easy to create, many coders upload their apps to iOS and Android before properly protecting their Intellectual Property, leaving the ideas open for exploitation.

This workshop teaches Engineers and Coders how to protect their Software Apps using various aspects of Intellectual Property.

3.     Return of the Black Inventor

Perform an internet search for “Black Inventors,” and the results populate names such as Garret Morgan (patented the electric traffic light in 1923), Lewis Latimer (patented a light bulb filament in 1881), Elijah McCoy (several patents in the late 1800s), and Lonnie Johnson (creator of the super-soaker watergun). These results are severely out of date and do not accurately reflect the present state of invention by Black and other non-white Engineers and Scientists.

This workshop will highlight patents obtained by contemporary Black and non-white inventors from large and small companies that work in modern technologies including cloud computing, chip design, data analytics, telecom, bio-tech, medical devices, and more.

 

In order for engineering students to be inspired to create and innovate, an accurate representation of inventors that look like them must be documented and displayed.

 

4.     Patents that have Shaped Modern Technology

 

This presentation demonstrates how advancements in technology have developed and been protected. Many products such as the Smartphone, the Automobile, Printers, and Medical Devices have developed piece by piece, company by company, to arrive at the state of the art today.

 

These inventions touch on many aspects of engineering including electrical, computer science, mechanical, chemical, and bio-tech. Example patents from each discipline are discussed so students can appreciate the inter-relatedness that creates a complex product.

 

5.     Careers in Intellectual Property

These presentations about the influence of intellectual property would be incomplete if they did not show engineers how they could enter the field.

In addition to being Inventors, there are many career paths open to the engineer who has proficiency in Intellectual Property, including Patent Examiner, Technical Specialist, Patent Searcher, Draftsman, Patent Agent, and Patent Attorney. Each of these positions are broken down into specific aspects to demonstrate how students may join the profession.

6.     The Business of Intellectual Property

This class is business-oriented. Examples will be provided to show how various companies have been born, lived, and died on the strength of their Intellectual Property portfolios.

7.     How to Draft a Patent Application

Learning how to draft a patent application may be the most valuable skill an Engineer can possess in the Intellectual Property field. A person that can draft good patent applications in changing technologies will never be out of work. Drafting patent applications is the essential stage one in the process of garnering patent protection, litigating patents, and licensing.

This presentation will outline key components to every patent application and lead students through exercises to use proper language to describe their inventions.

8.     Searching Intellectual Property

Searching is another essential skill that Intellectual Property professionals use daily. This presentation will explain to students the basics of classification, searching Patent and Trademark databases, prior art, filing dates, and key legal concepts that provide a foundation for what IP professionals are looking for when they conduct searches.

9.     International IP Law

The United States and is not the only place to file a patent or trademark application. Individuals or companies seeking to sell their products in other countries may apply for international patent protection in various ways.

This presentation will focus on overseas IP protection including the Madrid System, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) and other mechanisms that exist to help applicants obtain IP rights in multiple countries.