Researchers often want to know more than just the facts involved with their current search. They may want to know how a patent is protected, why certain actions are illegal, and any other details regarding the patent system. The governing bodies of the IP industry have taken this challenge and created an abundance of educational opportunities for researchers to satiate their hunger for more patent and IP knowledge. We’d like to highlight a few particularly useful resources that can help you learn more about patents and IP.
The European Patent Office
As one of the many aspects of their website, the EPO has an entire section devoted to learning & events. Just from that main page, users can choose whether to find specific seminars, interactive training modules, or even download a patent teaching kit. With all the unique and easily accessibly options available to users, it’s hard not to spend hours educating yourself. The international view taken by the EPO can help round out any researcher looking to expand their ability to navigate the IP landscape.
The World Intellectual Property Organization
The WIPO is known for its extensive and in-depth reports on patent, trademark, and IP statistics. However, they also operate the WIPO Academy, which offers multiple opportunities to develop and further IP education. Each program provides a variety of courses specific to the topic most interesting to the user. While some of their courses require a fee or application, many are open to the public for free.
The USPTO and USIPR
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers a few ways for interested parties to educate themselves around the legal atmosphere and processes within the patent space. They have E-Learning Intellectual Property Modules available in multiple languages for those who are interested in furthering their education online, and they offer courses available for in-person learning.
The Global Intellectual Property Academy provides the USPTO with training courses covering patents, trademarks, copyright, and the enforcement of IP rights. Their courses can be access through the USIPR site, selecting “U.S. Patent and Trademark Office” from the Agency drop-down menu. Users can choose which category they fall into, dates they are looking for classes and which geographical region best fits them. All of these options narrow the course search results specific to each request and provide a multitude of choices for each unique case.
The world of IP and patent law is ever-changing and it’s important for researchers to stay up to date on the most recent requirements for prior art. All of this knowledge can help researchers to more efficiently identify high quality results. Expanding the scope of your knowledge can be entertaining and satisfying, especially if it’s in your area of interest. Having access to great resources makes this process faster and easier.
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