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What’s the Course About?

Protecting innovations and creative work is more crucial than ever in today’s Knowledge Economy. As a solution, “Intellectual Property: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Creators” teaches the basics of IP to ordinary citizens, making IP accessible to everyone, not just lawyers and CEOs.

Why is Intellectual Property Important?

IP has grown from a narrowly specialized legal field into a major force in American social and economic life today. Today, IP comprises an astonishing 38 percent of total U.S. GDP , and represents 80 percent of the market value of all publicly-traded companies in the U.S.

As a result, any person today who does not understand at least the basics of intellectual property — and its value and role in science, business, arts, and the professions — will find him or herself at a distinct disadvantage in the world of tomorrow.


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Who Should Take This Course?

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Anyone in the innovation ecosystem — learn how you can, and why you should, protect your creations.

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From Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 board rooms, IP issues now lie at the heart of almost every arena of modern life today.

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It’s critical to understand how to protect your creative works and also understand the bounds of Fair Use.

What Will I Learn?


Patents: Introduction and Basics


Patents: Eligibility and Criteria


Patents: Defending and Enforcing


Copyrights: Introduction and Basics


Copyrights: Eligibility and Limitations


Copyright in the Internet Age


Trademarks: Introduction and History


Trademarks: Eligibility and Application


Trademarks: Defending and Enforcing


Trade Secrets: Introduction and History


Trade Secrets: Eligibility


Trade Secret Law

What People Are Saying

“Very good overview of many of the intellectual property rights issues a small business person will need to understand.”

“Such an awesome course! I’m so glad I stumbled upon this wonderful course that is so useful for both those in legal practice and also the layman.”

“This course is perfect for me. I hope to get my invention patented soon. Thank you!”

“It was a well thought out course that explained what each area is and is not. It goes into the background and legislative history. It was a great little course that was very informative! I recommend it if you are trying to decipher what you do and don’t need to do in the areas of trademarks and copyrights, patents and trade secrets for your business.”

“Very insightful and informative! Fundamental case examples are helpful since [they are] applied to real life scenarios and cases. I love the course so much!”

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Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson and Alya Michelson, The Michelson 20MM Foundation is dedicated to ensuring that equitable educational opportunities that lead to meaningful careers, are accessible to all. At the cutting edge of higher education, the foundation helps forward-thinking entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and organizations close the opportunity gap. Stimulating change through advocacy, grant making, and impact investments, the foundation aims to support students at every step of their journey, from enrollment to life post-graduation.