Course Description

An overview of intellectual property law including patent, trademark, and copyright law is presented. Students learn the principles and laws in each of these disciplines and perform practical exercises to test and fine-tune their skills. Participants familiarize themselves with patent claims, the limits of copyright protection, and how to file a trademark application. Topics include:

  • Patent, trademark, and copyright law

  • Infringement issues

  • Disputes and remedies in intellectual property litigation

  • Trade secrets

Learner Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Define types of intellectual property

  • Explain the purpose and functions of trademarks and copyrights

  • Summarize the role of a paralegal in trademark selecting and searching

  • Recognize trademark and copyright infringements

  • Apply concepts to online filing on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website

  • Utilize Trade Mark Status and Document Retrieval service

  • Explore new developments in trademark and copyright law


Fundamentals of Paralegal Studies or consent of program director

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Jun 24, 2024 to Sep 13, 2024
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Course Fee(s)
Course Fee credit (4 units) $685.00
Available for Credit
4 units
  • Michael Caves
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Late Registrations Notice: 

Self-enrollment will be available until 11:59 PM PT of the second business day after the 1st class session (i.e. If the first class starts on Thursday, self-enrollment is open until the following Monday at 11:59 pm).  If you wish to enroll after that time, please contact PaCE Support at help@professional.ucsb.edu

Required Textbook(s):
Students are required to purchase the textbook(s) assigned by the instructor. The instructor will provide details to the class prior to the course start date.

Intellectual Property: The Law of Trademarks, Copyrights, Patents and Trade Secrets
Author: Bouchoux, Deborah E.
Edition: 6th
ISBN 13: 9780357767474 (paperback)
ISBN 10: 9780357767511 (ebook)  
Publisher: Cengage

No refunds after 07/07/24
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