Course Description

This course will provide a general review of the intellectual property (IP) ecosystem and a comprehensive analysis of the patenting process from a business perspective. IP is a currency that connects the global community, and this course explores how patents and other intellectual property spur innovation, new product development, and business growth. The course will also explore how one values and uses a protected technology, covering issues such as the place of technology in the research and development pipeline, and the effects of regulatory compliance. Using an historical approach to account for social, economic, and technological changes, students will gain greater knowledge of the history of the patent system, the evolution of U.S. patent law, the process of obtaining, defending, and attacking patents.

Learning Objectives:

  • Distinguish between patents, trademarks and service marks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Compare four primary types of Intellectual Property in supporting business development.
  • Draft the essential parts of a basic patent application based upon the application of core principles of U.S. patent law and practice.
  • Compare U.S. and international patenting processes in the context of movement toward global harmonization.
  • Identify common career positions in the intellectual property field.
  • Apply technical/legal terms in intellectual property related written and oral communications.


This course applies toward the Biomedical Translation and Commercialization Curiosity Badge interdisciplinary badge.

Textbook Information

There is a required textbook for TECH 582 that can be purchased through FAES or on your own. The name of the book is: Patent it Yourself, 20th ed. The fee for the book is $49.99. If you would like to purchase the book through FAES, please register for the section that includes the book. Upon receipt of payment and fulfillment of your book order, your book can be picked up at the FAES Bookstore in Building 10 on the NIH campus in Bethesda.

If you are unable to pick up the book at the FAES bookstore and would like the book mailed to you, please contact FAES at (301) 496-7976 or registrar@faes.org. There is a $10 charge for mailing the book.

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