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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights (PLG-112)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
January 2008 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: differentiate between copyrights, patents and trademarks; explain the basic requirements for protection and apply those standards to the determination as to whether a particular bit of intellectual property is eligible for protection; delineate and define the categories of works that are protected; determine the types of rights given to a copyright, patent or trademark holder; research statutory and case law in the intellectual property field; distinguish between the types of authority relevant to intellectual property law; determine the duration of intellectual property interests, based on applicable statutory law; recognize the various types of infringement; determine whether defenses to infringement are available based on a particular fact pattern; and recognize the available remedies that may be available regarding a particular case of infringement.

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the various types of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights and covers basic requirements for protecting each type of intangible; highlights the sources of authority that govern intellectual property law; explains types of available rights; introduces what constitutes infringement; discusses defenses available for infringement and list types of remedies used to compensate an owner for infringement. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.
Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).