Can You Patent That?
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Find the answer to this and other important questions in our intellectual property videos.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to IP Lecture Series

Filmed at the University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

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Patent Videos

Can I Patent That?

You can’t patent an idea (like an idea for a better mousetrap), only an application of that idea in a practical invention. Novelty, utility, and non-obviousness — the holy trinity of patents.

A Patent System for Everyone

America’s Uniquely-Democratic Patent System: Why America developed the world’s first patent system for the common man, and what we got out of it as a result (hint: the strongest economy on the face of the earth).

Do Patents Really Promote Innovation?

How ironic that a system for granting exclusive rights to inventors is the greatest vehicle for knowledge-sharing and technology transfer ever devised by human beings.

Can I Copyright That?

The basics of copyright law — eligible works, the distinction between ideas and their expression, the rights granted to copyright owners, and is copyright term — life plus 70 years — too long?

Is It Fair Use or Infringement?

Fair Use is an enigma — indeed, no one even knows how many words of a copyrighted work one can legally copy as “fair use.” Here, at last, is everything you need to know about Fair Use.

What If Someone Infringes Your Copyright?

What can you do if your novel, blog post, photograph, or song is used by another without permission? What the famous “Blurred Lines” copyright trial means to you.

Trademark Videos

Can I Trademark That?

How ironic that a system for granting exclusive rights to inventors is the greatest vehicle for knowledge-sharing and technology transfer ever devised by human beings.

Establishing Your Trademark Protection

The “spectrum of distinctiveness” and other fancy-sounding legal terms and what they really mean in the real world of commerce and consumerism.

What if Someone Infringes Your Trademark?

Similarity, market confusion, vicarious infringement, and getting back what’s yours.

Webinars

Teaching Intellectual Property Content - Reflections and Tips

In this webinar, hear featured faculty from Santa Monica College (SMC) share their experience and best practices in teaching IP at the undergraduate level. With the aid of extensive educational content furnished by the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property, SMC has created a stand-alone IP course for the non-lawyer, and has infused IP education into a broad array of its courses. The webinar was hosted by our partners at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE).

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Download the Book

Learn more about Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks in The Intangible Advantage.

The free ebook is available for download in a variety of formats so you can read it on your favorite device.

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