PROTECT YOUR ASSETS
Learn the Intellectual Property Basics You Need to Protect Your Work
This course explores copyright and trademark rights in the United States. It was created with creatives in mind and is tailored to makers, specifically those that sell in online marketplaces, and other businesses with an online presence. Taught by licensed intellectual property attorney Dana Bucy Miller, Empowered IP will arm you with the information you need to protect your work presented in an easy-to-understand format.
By the end of this course, you'll be knowledgeable in the following areas:
Different Types of Intellectual Property
You'll be able to differentiate between copyright and trademark rights and determine which is applicable or most appropriate for the work you're trying to protect.
Clearance Searches and Application Preparation
You'll learn how to conduct proper clearance searches to determine whether a proposed mark is available and how to prepare copyright and trademark applications yourself.
- Course begins May 2, 2018
- Taught by a Licensed Intellectual Property Attorney
- 6 Week Course with 2 Hour Live Lessons Once Each Week
- Lifetime Access to Course Replays and Updates
- Weekly Assignments to Practice the Lessons with Feedback from the Instructor
- Weekly Office Hours to Call with Questions
- Bonus Course Material Bundle Includes Reference Materials, Resources, Templates, and Checklists (valued at $500)
This course is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney-client relationship with the instructor.
Week-by-Week Course Breakdown
Intellectual Property Foundations
- Overview of intellectual property laws in the U.S.
- Explanation of the rights and differences of copyrights and trademarks
- Speaking IP language - Key Terminology
- Exploration of the copyright and trademark processes
Eligibility for Intellectual Property Protection
- Determining what can and cannot be copyright or trademarked
- Limits on copyright and trademark protection
- Is registration required? What are the benefits?
- What makes a strong trademark?
Conducting Clearance Searches
- Performing copyright searches
- Performing common law trademark searches
- Performing USPTO trademark searches
- How similar is too similar?
- Evaluating your results
Preparing and Filing Applications
- Preparing and Filing Copyright Applications with the Copyright Office
- Preparing and Filing Trademark Applications with the USPTO
- Use in Commerce versus Intent to Use Applications
- Writing your mark description
- Selecting a Specimen
- Choosing your trademark class of goods or services
- Identifying your goods
Application Prosecution and Responding to Office Actions
- Overview of the different types of office actions
- How to overcome common refusals
- Filing a response to an office action
- What to do if a trademark is opposed?
- How to oppose a trademark
- Writing Letters of Protest
Handling Intellectual Property Infringement
- How to police your intellectual property
- What to do if you identify an infringer?
- Writing a Cease and Desist Letter
- Submitting a DMCA Takedown Notice
- What to do if you get a copyright infringement notice?
- Cautions about third-party marketplace policies
Lifetime Access to Course Replays and Updates
- Access to all recordings and updates
- Access to all materials and updates
- Can retake the course at any time
- Certificate of Completion if all assignments are submitted for review
After the Course
Bonus Expert Sessions
Michelle is an expert in how to increase your brand's visibility. She's joining us for a session to discuss how to get your brand out there once you have it protected.
Marissa is a champion for makers and a force within the handmade community. She's going to talk about what it means and why its important to protect your intellectual property as a maker.
Laura Pennington Briggs
Laura is prolific content creator who understands the need to protect your work. She is going to approach things from the freelancer perspective and touch on owning the IP rights to your work versus work-for-hire arrangements.
Ed is a systems and processes guru who is going to share how to surround yourself with the tools and resources you need to stay on top of protecting your intellectual property. He's also took the DIY trademark approach and will share his experiences.
It's Time to Protect Your Work!
Pursue your passion, protect your assets.
About the Instructor
Dana Bucy Miller is an attorney for creators and entrepreneurs who understands what it means to run a creative small business. Growing up in a creative household and surrounded by entrepreneur friends, she has learned what it means to speak the innovative, creative language. Coupled with her law degree, Dana knows how to break down the law so that it is easy to understand and apply to your own situation.
After living the law firm life, Dana left her job as a supervising business attorney at one of the biggest law firms in Maryland to start her own practice focused on serving creative business owners. She formed DM Law, LLC in Maryland to assist clients with their legal needs one-on-one. But she soon realized there was also a need for clients who wanted to a more do-it-yourself approach to handling their legal issues to get accurate and actionable legal information. This is how Legally Empowered was formed. Legally Empowered is dedicated to providing creators and entrepreneurs with the legal tools and resources they need for their businesses to thrive. We are all about legally covering your bases so you can pursue your passion and protect your assets.
Dana is celebrating her seventh year of advising creators and business owners on how to best protect their access and has consulted with hundreds of individuals and businesses on their intellectual property concerns. She routinely represents clients before the USPTO and in protecting their intellectual property against infringers.