Introduction to Patents




Patents are an important form of intellectual property protection, covering innovative products and processes, ornamental designs, and plants. A patent provides a limited-term exclusive right to produce and market an invention in exchange for detailed information about that invention.

This micro-course covers patents as both legal phenomenon and as invaluable information resource, valuable for entrepreneurs, designers, and researchers of many kinds.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the value and purpose of patents
  2. Understand the patent process
  3. Recognize the parts of a patent document and their significance
  4. Identify strategies and resources appropriate for patent searching
  5. Refer to additional resources for help, including experts, micro-courses, research guides, and more