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You’ve got a great idea for an invention, now how do you protect it? Intellectual property (IP) now comprises over 35% of the total U.S. economy, and is the engine behind the biggest developments in science, business, arts, and technology. In this workshop, we take a hands-on approach to understanding IP — including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets — using students’ own ideas. During the first part of the course, students will investigate problems faced by Tufts students and select one as the basis of an invention. Students will then prepare an invention disclosure, search the patentability of the invention, brainstorm and search possible trademarks, create a logo and design for the product, and explore issues that may arise in commercializing the inventions. Inspiration will be drawn from the IP portfolios of companies such as Apple and Adidas. The course will culminate with students pitching their IP and protection strategies. Guest speakers will share real world experiences and provide an opportunity for Q & A.

A sample syllabus for the course may be found here: EXP 0011 Syllabus. Please note: Syllabus dates, content, and format are subject to change between now and the fall semester.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences