Basics of Patent Law

Basics of Patent Law


Welcome to Lawshelf’s video-course in Patent Law. This course presents a comprehensive overview of patents, including their role in the landscape of intellectual property, patent requirements, patent procedure and enforcement.

This is an introductory level course and no prior knowledge or experience in law or intellectual property is required.

The first module covers the basics of patent law. We look at the forms of intellectual property and where patents fit in its landscape. The first module also covers the requirements for patentability, including inventorship, subject matter eligibility, usefulness, novelty and non-obviousness.

In module 2, we’ll turn to the procedural aspects of patents by covering patent applications and the roles of patent attorneys, the patent bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. We’ll also look at patent terms and various aspects of patent maintenance.

Continuing the procedural aspects of patent law, module 3 looks at proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the Patent Trial and appeal Board. We’ll cover various types of patent proceedings and re-examination actions.

Module 4 turns to patent ownership and enforcement. We’ll discuss the rights held by patentees and the steps they should take to secure the full extent of their patent rights. We’ll also look at various enforcement mechanisms, such as licensing, cease and desist letters and patent litigation.

Finally, module 5 covers patent infringement. We’ll look at what constitutes infringement, patent infringement litigation and defenses to infringement actions. We’ll then briefly look at remedies available in patent proceedings.

Upon completion of this course, you should be familiar with our system of patent law and the procedures by which patents are secured, held and enforced.

Best of luck and we welcome your feedback!

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You retain access the modules and take the final exam as long as you are a subscriber to LawShelf.

Patent Basics - Module 1 of 5

Patent Applications - Module 2 of 5

Patent Office Proceedings - Module 3 of 5

Patent Ownership and Enforcement - Module 4 of 5

Patent Infringement Litigation - Module 5 of 5

Final Exam only needs to be taken by those seeking to earn the Digital Badge credentials for this course.