14th Annual Short Course on Intellectual Property and Information Technology

January 17-18, 2014: Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Palmer Conference Center for Engineering Leadership
Caruth Hall, Rm. 406
3145 Dyer Street, Dallas, TX 75205

Non-credit complimentary SMU student registration available (contact beth@lyle.smu.edu)
Other Participants:
Short course fee (contact beth@lyle.smu.edu)

What is intellectual property? Why should I patent my innovation? How do I draft my claims? This course will address the importance of technology and intellectual property in America, the fundamentals of patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets for the lay person, and the real world application of those rights. Fair use, open source, and alternatives will be described and interpreted. Current developments and changes are also covered. In particular, the America Invents Act of 2011, the most monumental change to patent law since 1836, will also be discussed, and the significant effects on universities, small inventors and companies highlighted. Supreme Court, Legislation and other developments that affect these rights will also be covered in this popular and engaging presentation.


  • The History and Philosophy of Intellectual
  • Property Rights and their role in the information age
  • Intellectual property’s impact on information system design and development
  • The inventor’s role in recognizing a patentable idea
  • Analysis of ground breaking industry patents
  • Impact of Emerging Technologies on Intellectual Property