Empowered IP

an intellectual property course for creators and online businesses


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 its content 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.


Property Infringement

You'll learn how to handle copyright infringers by sending cease and desist letters and DMCA takedown notices and how to respond to allegations that you've infringed on someone else's IP.

Course Details

  • 6 Modules Taught by a Licensed IP Attorney
  • Lifetime Access to Course Replays and Updates
  • 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

Week 1

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?

Week 2

Conducting Clearance Searches

  • Performing copyright searches
  • Performing common law trademark searches
  • Performing USPTO trademark searches
  • How similar is too similar?
  • Evaluating your results

Week 3

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

Week 4

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

Week 5

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

Week 6

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 Lewis

Visibility Vixen

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 Loewen

Transformational Business Coach

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

Six Figure Writing Secrets

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 Troxell

Hey Ed, ...

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.

More Coming Soon!

We're working with a number of incredible experts to bring you sessions about how to protect and leverage your intellectual property to grow your business! You won't want to miss these!

It's Time to Protect Your Work!

Enroll now to arm yourself with the information and tools you need to protect your intellectual property.

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.

Partner- Level Licensed Attorney

Experience Representing Clients Before the USPTO

Dedicated to Representing Creative Small Business Owners

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Legal Disclaimer: Legally Empowered and its owner Magnate Holdings, LLC are not law firms. All content contained on this website and in products made available for purchase on this website are for informational and educational purposes only. If you have questions about your specific situation, you should contact an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction. The primary author of this website is Dana Bucy Miller who is a licensed attorney, but the information contained on this site is expressly legal information and in no way should be considered legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed by your use of this website or purchase of a template, course, product or service from this website. If you have a specific problem and need legal advice, contact a licensed attorney. Dana Bucy Miller's law firm DM Law, LLC, may be able to assist with your situation depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Any request to engage legal counsel should be made directly to DM Law, LLC, a separate and distinct entity. Further, although Legally Empowered and Magnate Holdings LLC are not law firms, certain content generated by Dana Bucy Miller on this website may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions. The choice of an attorney is an important one and should not be based on advertisements alone. Any discussions of past results or outcomes are not indicative of future results.

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