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University of California, Santa Barbara
College
of Creative Studies

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The Art of Invention:

An Introduction to Patents and Intellectual Property

Interdisciplinary Studies CS 120 Fall 2009

Instructor: Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov

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Announcements / Assignments

*10/7/09: Prior to class on 10/14/09, look over Sample Patent Disclosure Form and read Inventorship Document. If you plan to take the course for 2 or more units, you should also look over some of the patents from SB companies and/or begin searching for a patent for your oral presentation.

*10/7/09: Reminder that the Thursday section has been moved to Wednesdays 3:30-4:45pm in ESB 2213.

*09/30/09: Make sure you have completely read the 2 documents in the previous announcement prior to the second lecture (10/7/09).

*09/23/09: First class meets 9/30/09. Please read Glossary of Patent and IP-Related Terms and briefly look over the Final Publication of the Yoga Patent prior to the first lecture. Also please print these handouts and bring to every class.

*09/23/09: Welcome to the course!

 

 

Syllabus Course Details

 

Lecture: Wed 1:00-1:50pm in CCS Room 160B

Discussion: Thurs 2:00-3:15pm Wed 3:30-4:45pm in ESB room 2213

Grading/Units: P/NP grading option only, 1-4 units possible

Instructor: Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov, ESB room 2213, ext 5295, ilan[at]engineering.ucsb.edu

Office Hours: By appointment in ESB room 2213

 

 

Course Description

 

This course is designed to provide emerging inventors, entrepreneurs, and scientists with a working knowledge of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets), with the main focus being on patents.  We will cover the basic functions of patents (what rights a patent gives you), structure of patents (what elements must be included in a patent application), patent prosecution (process for getting a patent issued), and discuss patenting strategies for businesses, as well as several other topics.

The course may be taken as a 1-2 unit seminar course or a 3-4 unit course.  Students taking the course for 1-2 units will attend the Wednesday lectures and will receive several reading assignments and perform one short presentation.  For students taking the course for 3-4 units, in addition to the above requirements, there will be writing assignments as well as meetings with the instructor during the scheduled section time.  The course is open to students of all majors.

 

 

Handouts

 

Glossary of Patent and IP-Related Terms

 

Determination of Patent Inventorship

 

Sample Patent Disclosure Form

 

ALM Article on Incorporation by Reference by Kim and Tse

 

Patent Prosecution Case Study: Yoga Patent

Original Filing

Non-Final Rejection

Howard Reference from Non-Final Rejection

Response to Non-Final Rejection

Claims as Issued

Final Published Patent

 

Doctrine of Equivalence:

Winans Patent

Festo Article by Jennifer Miller

 

Patents from Several Santa Barbara Companies:

Sonos, Inc.

Transphorm, Inc.

Wyatt Technology Corporation

 

Useful References

 

Patent Wikipedia Entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent

 

Trade Secret Wikipedia Entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trade_secrets

 

Trademark Wikipedia Entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark

 

Patent Cooperation Treaty (International Filing) Wikipedia Entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_Cooperation_Treaty

 

JOM Article on U.S. Provisional Patent Applications:

http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/matters/matters-0002.html

 

JOM Article on Divisional, Continuation, and CIP Patent Applications:

http://www.tms.org/pubs/journals/JOM/matters/matters-0406.html

 

Summary of What is Included in a Specification (Disclosure):

http://www.patentlens.net/daisy/patentlens/2341.html

 

Patent Claims Wikipedia Entries:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claim_(patent)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_patent_claim_types

 

Difference Between Filing Date and Priority Date:

http://www.cambia.org/daisy/patentlens/2343.html

 

 

 

Useful Links

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Patent Database

 

USPTO Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR)

 

Google Patent Search

 

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