Understanding intellectual property for engineers

2 days

Members: £995 + VAT
Non-members: £1,215 + VAT

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Using engineering case studies, this course helps you understand the essential steps for securing your own IP and managing the risk of infringing third party IP.

Intellectual property (IP) is the collective term for patents, design rights, copyrights, trademarks and confidential information.

Failure to take account of IP at the appropriate time can prevent a product (or service) getting to market or leave that product vulnerable to copying once on the market.  

In this course we explain costs, processes and timescales, helping you to work more effectively with IP professionals to reduce threats and realise opportunities.

Who should attend?

This programme is suitable for engineers and non-engineers at all levels.  

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

• Understand what IP can (and can’t) do 
• Know the important pitfalls to avoid
• Be aware of your options when faced with a problematic third-party patent
• Properly understand patent office communications 
• Use IP databases to determine the IP landscape 
• Navigate a patent document and extract key data 
• Work more cost-effectively with your IP professional 
Contributes 14 CPD hours

Course was good, covered the content I needed, had good exercises to ensure understanding

Phil Wadey, Airbus

Key topics

• The various aspects of engineering covered by IP
• The legal rights that IP gives you
• The anatomy of a patent
• How IP is used for business ends 
• Essential steps for securing your own IP 
• Invalid IP - prior art, novelty, inventive step and insufficiency 
• IP registration processes – costs and timescales in the UK and internationally
• Policing and enforcement
• Third-party IP – identification, analysis and action 
• Working cost-effectively with your IP professional

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: B and C

  1. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  2. Responsibility, management or leadership - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: 'Provide Technical and commercial leadership’
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