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[September 24, 2013]
Are you a University of California researcher, inventor or author? If so, you might be interested in a new online primer on intellectual property protections developed by the UC Office of the President.
The course, Intellectual Property Essentials for Academic Researchers, is intended to provide user-friendly and self-paced training on the four main types of protections for intellectual property (IP), including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets. It discusses the types of inventions and other intellectual properties that are eligible for protection and how to obtain that protection.
IP plays a vital role in innovation and economic productivity. On average, four inventions each day result from UC research, ranging from the strawberries most Americans eat to the magnetic resonance imaging technology commonly used in the medical field. UC has received more U.S. patents than any other university, with 3,802 active patents protecting its inventions. While the IP course was developed to serve as a resource for UC students, faculty and staff, much of the information it contains is relevant to all inventors and content creators in academia and beyond.
The idea for the course originated with John Villasenor, professor of electrical engineering and public policy at UCLA and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Villasenor developed the course content and approached the OP offices of Research and Graduate Studies and Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services to make it freely available to UC campuses and other institutions of higher education nationwide.
Campuses may choose to make the course available through their learning management systems, within their Technology Transfer Programs or within specific departments as mandatory or voluntary training. (This course is not a mandatory training requirement of the University of California.)