Intellectual property education

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Intellectual property (IP) consists of four kinds: patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret.[1] In order to understand these areas and use them correctly, a person needs to be trained and educated. That training may be delivered through various types of resources, including webinars, college courses, webpages, and books. Intellectual property education should teach the individual what these areas are, what aspects of the law apply to them, and how to understand normal situations which might arise regarding those specific area. Because of its importance, intellectual property education should be available to people of all age groups and education levels. Because intellectual property laws are specific to each country, training on the topic is also specific to each country.

Training available on intellectual property laws in the United States[edit]


Subject guides[edit]

  • St. John Fisher College Lavery Library. Copyright Information is a guide which assists college faculty, staff and students make informed decisions regarding copyright use.
  • Cornell University. The Copyright Information Center provides extensive information on copyright, from basics to advanced specifics, as well as provides links to several resources for students, faculty, and information professionals.

Audio and video material[edit]

  • The Center for Intellectual Understanding. IP Education Today: New Strategies and Resources, 38 minutes, 2017. This panel discussion is about education which takes place on intellectual property. This video is appropriate for educators who want to raise awareness of IP.

Workshops, webinars, and college courses[edit]

  • Syracuse University. Copyright for Information Professionals (IST 735). Geared for library and information professionals, this course provides a firm foundation in the fundamental rules of American copyright law, and equips them with the tools to make informed decisions about copyright issues.


Training available on intellectual property laws in other countries (non-U.S.)[edit]

  • Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. Copyright for Librarians provides "librarians in developing and transitional countries information concerning copyright law."
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) eLearning Center According to WIPO, their "portfolio of courses on IP caters to different target audiences: inventors and creators, business managers and IP professionals, policy makers and government officials of IP institutions, diplomats, students and teachers of IP and the civil society. Courses combine traditional face-to-face and distance learning methodologies which explains how to stimulate innovation, creativity and development."


  1. ^ Bramson, R.S. (1981). "Intellectual property as collateral — patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights". The Business Lawyer. 36: 1567–1604 – via JSTOR.