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Understanding Intellectual Property

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Discover the basics of intellectual property rights, and how you can best safeguard your ideas and avoid infringement.

How are you protecting your work? Author and attorney Dana Robinson gives you a high-level overview of intellectual property (IP), including topics such as patents, trademarks, and other protections. Learn the answer to common IP questions and discover an attorney's perspective on how you can best safeguard your ideas, and avoid infringing others' rights.The information in this course applies only to the United States.

DISCLAIMER: This course is taught by an attorney and addresses U.S. law concepts that may not apply in all countries. Neither LInkedIn nor the attorney teaching the course represent you and they are not giving legal advice. The information conveyed through this course is similar to a college or law school course; it is not intended to give legal advice, but instead to communicate basic information to help viewers understand the basics of intellectual property.


  • Welcome
  • What is intellectual property law?
1. Copyrights
  • What is copyright law?
  • Copyright ownership
  • How long a copyright lasts
  • Using others' work
  • Copyright infringement
  • Infringement remedies
  • Copyright infringement consequences
  • Copyright defenses
2. Trademarks
  • What is trademark law?
  • Copyrights vs. trademarks
  • Trademark rights
  • Losing a trademark
  • Preparing to trademark
  • Trademarking your work
  • Filing a trademark
  • Filing different types of trademarks
  • What to expect after filing
  • Trademark infringement
  • Consequences and defenses of infringement
3. Patents
  • What is a patent?
  • Provisional vs. utility patents
  • Who can obtain patent rights?
  • Sharing ideas prior to filing a patent
  • Patenting software and applications
  • Patenting your ideas
  • Patent ownership
  • Myth of the poor man's patent
  • Patent infringement
  • Defenses and remedies to patent infringement
4. Trade Secrets
  • What is a trade secret?
  • What does trade secret law protect?
  • Trade secret infringement
  • Defenses and remedies to trade secret infringement
5. Rights of Publicity
  • What is rights-of-publicity law?
  • Exceptions to rights-of-publicity law
  • Preventing rights-of-publicity infringement

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Dana Robinson

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