This class provides an overview of patent concepts, including the 3 kinds of patents, and a comparision with other types of intellectual property protection. We cover the basic requirements for obtaining a United States patent. We emphasize patent search, particularly by going beyond simple keyword searching to search by patent classification with the free search tools available from the US Patent andTrademark Office (www.uspto.gov) and the European Patent Office (worldwide.espacenet.com). Seating is limited and is on a first come, first seated basis.
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