University of California, Santa Barbara
of Creative Studies


The Art of Invention:

An Introduction to Patents and Intellectual Property

Interdisciplinary Studies CS 120 Fall 2009

Instructor: Dr. Ilan Ben-Yaacov


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.





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:



Trade Secret Wikipedia Entry:



Trademark Wikipedia Entry:



Patent Cooperation Treaty (International Filing) Wikipedia Entry:



JOM Article on U.S. Provisional Patent Applications:



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



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



Patent Claims Wikipedia Entries:




Difference Between Filing Date and Priority Date:





Useful Links


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


USPTO Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR)


Google Patent Search



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