Introduction to Intellectual Property




Whether we realize it or not, we engage with intellectual property every day. Unlike physical property, however, intellectual property resists easy definition, and the rules around it can often seem inconsistent, with our understanding coming from cultural contexts, laws around specific types of intellectual property, and institutional policies that further affect how we engage with our cultural understanding and the law. This micro-course is intended to clarify intellectual property as you may encounter it and produce it in your time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course, you will:

  1. Develop your understanding of the value of information and intellectual property
  2. Be able to identify and describe the various types of legal intellectual property
  3. Gain an understanding of the cultural, legal, and institutional policy frameworks that control intellectual property in context
  4. Learn about library and other campus resources on intellectual property and how to access them