Patent Paralegal Certificate Course

Additional information

The IPlegalED course has been designed and written by expert practitioners to be the very best course possible – the gold standard of patent paralegal education. Upon completing the course and passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate showing that you successfully completed the IPlegalED Patent Paralegal Certificate Course and passed the final exam.

The IPlegalED course is not designed to provide general, non-specific paralegal training, and does not provide a general paralegal certificate. Many courses exist to provide such general paralegal training and are often offered at community colleges; but these general courses do not teach patent paralegal skills and are of little value to a law firm or corporation looking for a professional patent paralegal. The IPlegalED. com course is a specialized, professional course designed to teach patent administration only. It should be noted that ABA only approves courses that include “General Education”, which is defined by the ABA as “an academic college-level course designed to give students a broadly based liberal arts education”, so the IPlegalED course cannot be approved by the ABA under the current rules which are not designed for approval of such specialized professional courses. Whether or not you are technically entitled to call yourself a “paralegal” in any given state varies from state to state. In many states the term has no fixed meaning and is simply a commonly used work descriptor meaning someone who supports an attorney. Some companies use the word, “Specialist” as a title for the same job. In some states, the word “paralegal” has been codified in the state’s legal code (e.g. in California see the business and professions code section 6450-6456 which requires a certain number of years of experience and/or academic qualifications).

Who uses the IPlegalED course?

The IPlegalEd Patent Paralegal Certificate Course is used by top international corporations, law firms and government departments.

Some of our clients include:

A

Acushnet Company
Adelphia
Advanced Technology Materials, Inc.
Agere Systems
Agilent Technologies, Inc.
Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Alcon Labs
American Medical Systems, Inc.
Aprisma
ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Ater Wynne LLP
Atofina Chemicals, Inc.
Avigen

B

BAE Systems
Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc.
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC
Bausch & Lomb
BellSouth
Bemis Company, Inc.
Bendix
Bereskin and Parr
Berkeley Law & Technology Group, LLP
Berlex
Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch
Blakely, Sokoloff, Taylor & Zafman
Boehringer-Ingelheim
Boeing
Bricker & Eckler
Buchanan Ingersoll LLP
Burle Industries
Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens

C

Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Checchi
Cargill
Carrier
Cephalon
Celera Genomics
Ceptyr, Inc.
Charm Sciences, Inc.
Chevron
Cingular Wireless
Clark and Bellamy PC
Cleveland Golf
CNH America LLC
Cognis
Computer Associates International, Inc.
Conexant
Cornell Research Foundation, Inc.
Cougar Patent Law
Coviden Inc.
Cox & Smith, Inc.
CPA Global
CP Kelco US, Inc.
Crane, Caton & James P.C.
Cree Inc.
Cummins Inc.
Cyberonics, Inc.

D

Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
DepoMed
Dorsey & Whitney, LLP
Dow Corning
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Duane Morris
DuPont

E

E. I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
Edwards Lifesciences Corp.
Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Elmore Craig
Eltech Systems Corp.
Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Enterasys Networks
Epix Medical, Inc.
Exelixis

F

Friedman, Suder & Cooke

G

GE
GE Aviation
General Patent Corporation
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Greensfelder

H

Hamre, Schumann, Meuller & Larson
Harvard Medical School
Haynes Beffel & Wolfeld LLP
Headway Technologies
Hensley Kim & Edgington
Hewlett-Packard Company
Holland & Hart LLP
Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals
Honeywell
Howison & Arnott, L.L.P.
Husch & Eppenberger, LLC
Hydro-Gear

I

IBM
Immersion Corp.
Insight Technology
InterDigital Communications, LLC
Inventive Solutions, Inc.
Invista
Invitrogen

J

Jack Schwartz & Associates
Jagtiani + Guttag
Jenkins & Gilchrist
Johns Hopkins
Johnson & Johnson

K

Kacinsky LLC
Kalow & Springut LLP
KCI
Kellogg Brown & Root, Inc.
King Research & Law
Kodak Polychrome Graphics LLC
Kramer & Associates, P.C.

L

Lahive & Cockfield, LLP
Lai & Associates P.C.
Lawfirm of Jim Zegeer
Law Offices of Jay R. Hamilton
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Lanxess
Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.
LeCroy
Lee & Hayes, PLLC
Lexmark International, Inc.
LifeNet
Lilly
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Lowenstein Sandler, PC
Luna Innovations Incorporated
Lyondell Basell Industries

M

MacCord Mason PLLC
McKean Defense Group
McKee, Vorhees & Sease
MedicineLodge, Inc.
Medtronic
Medtronic Spinal & Biologics
Merial Limited
Milliken & Co.
Millipore
Myriad Genetics, Inc.

N

NASA
National Starch and Chemical
National Oilwell Varco
Needle Rosenberg
Neurogen Corp.
Neuromed Pharmaceuticals
Neuromedtech
New England Biolabs
Nokia
Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus
Novartis
Noven Pharmaceuricals, Inc.
Nutter, McClennen & Fish

O

Ocean Power Technologies, Inc.
Offices of Leona L. Lauder
Offices of Russ Weinzimmer
Oktay Enterfprises

P

Palatin Technologies, Inc.
Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
Pentron
Pepper Hamilton LLP
Pfizer, Inc.
Pharmacia & Upjohn Company
Pierce Atwood
Pixel Optics, Inc.
Polster, Lieder, Woodruff & Lucch
PPG Industries, Inc.
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP
Proctor & Gamble
Purdue Pharma
Purdue Research Foundation

Q

 

R

Raj Patent
Raju & Sarracino, LLC
Rambus, Inc.
Reed Smith LLP
Reinhart Law
Research In Motion (RIM), Inc
Rockwell Scientific
Ropes & Gray LLP
RSA, The Security Division of EMC

S

Sabic Americas, Inc.
San Diego County Credit Union
Schlumberger Technology Corp.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C.
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
Scios
Seagate Technology, LLC
Sealed Air, Inc.
Serono/SRBI
Sheridan Ross P.C.
Shire Laboratories
Shugart Thompson & Kilroy, P.C.
Sierra Law
Sierra Patent Group, Ltd
Silverman Santucci, LLP
Specialized Health Products
Stinson Moheck
Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth
Sughrue
Suiter West PC LLO
Sunbeam
SurModics, Inc.

T

Tanox
Technology Patents and Licensing
Tellink, Inc.
Theravance
Thompson Associates
Thompson Licensing Inc.
Thompson & Simmons PLLC
TransTech Pharma
Trask Britt, P.C.
Tucker Arensberg, PC
TVGateway, LLC
Tyco Fire & Security
Tyco Healthcare

U

University of Louisville
University of Nevada, Reno
University of Rochester
University of Rochester Medical Center
USA Space & Missile Defense Command
USDA Agriculteral Research Service
USDA Forest Service
U.S. Dept. of Energy
U.S. Army

V

Vedder Price
Verizon
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties

W

Wagner, Murabito & Hao LLP
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Wayne-Dalton
West Corp.
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Workman Nydegger
W.L. Gore & Assoc., Inc.

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Y

 

Z

Zimmer

INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS

 

-=Australia=-

Silverbrook Research

-=Canada=-

Alberta Research Council
BCF LLP
Fasken Martineau
Gowlings
Husky Injection Molding Systems
Shire, Inc.

-=China=- Schlumberger

-=Denmark=-

Inspicos A/S

-=Israel=-

NDS Technologies Israel Limited

-=Japan=-

Schlumberger KK
Seikagaku

-=Russia=- Schlumberger

-=Saudi Arabia=-

Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Is the course accredited by any national organization?

Yes. The IPlegalED course is approved for 4 hours of self-study CLE by NFPA (The National Federation of Paralegal Associations), which is the largest paralegal organization in the US. It is important to note that in compliance with NFPA policy only 4 hours of this class may be credited to their CLE credentialing. The IPlegalED course is also endorsed by the IP Society of Silicon Valley.

Payment and access

How much does the course cost?

The cost of the entire course is $2,495. There are absolutely no hidden or additional costs.

 Can I pay in installments?

Yes. We can now set up recurring monthly credit card payments for individual registrants. If a business, corporation, or law firm is paying, the installment plan may not be used. If you would like to use the installment plan, please contact us at questions@iplegaled.com. We will send you the forms you need to apply. The forms are not available on the web site.

How quickly after payment will I be able to access the course?

If you pay by credit card, you will be activated immediately. If you pay by check or payment plan, please allow 7-11 days. This allows for mail time and bank clearance time. If you send us a payment by Priority Mail Express, please send us an email to let us know.

How long will the course take?

The entire course should take between about 60 and 100 hours, possibly longer if you are a novice. You have 100 days from the date of course activation to complete the course, so you should have plenty of time.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You will have 100 days from the date the course is activated to complete the course, including taking and passing the final exam. You will receive an email as soon as the course is activated. This should be plenty of time (only about 4-9 hours per week are needed). If, however, you are unable to complete the course in that time, you may contact us to obtain an extension for a fee.

What is the refund policy?

A full refund will be given promptly if, for any reason, you find that after having signed up, you cannot use the site or cannot take the course. In order to get a refund, you must contact us, explain the problem, and specifically request a refund within one week (7 days) of signing up. Note that if you have paid by credit card, there will be a credit card fee charged by the credit card processor (not by IPlegalED) of up to 5% that will not be returned.

About the course

Are printed reference materials provided?

Yes. The entire text of the course is designed to be downloaded and printed out to provide a useful working reference with step-by-step instructions covering all aspects of patent administration. This text is designed to be used as a study aid throughout the course, as well as a valuable reference guide in your day to day patent practice.

What if I have questions?

Unlimited, expert support from patent professionals is available on-line by emailing us at questions@iplegaled.com. Additionally, the course has been carefully designed to anticipate and answer the most common questions that you may have.

Does my computer have to be “online” to take the course?

No. You may access the course with your devices and take the course completely online. But the course is designed to also be downloaded to your computer and / or printed out, so you do not have to be logged on to study.  Only the quizzes and the final exam must be taken and graded online.

Can I repeat sections if I need to?

You can stop, start, or repeat sections and quizzes as often as you need. For the quizzes, only your most recent score is recorded.  The final exam may be retaken up to three times (see below).

Will there be tests?

Yes. The IPlegalED course is an interactive course, designed to teach, reinforce and test your knowledge. A multiple-choice quiz is given at the end of each chapter. When you’ve completed all the chapters, there is a final exam. A score of 70% or above is required to pass the course, and a certificate is awarded upon passing.  If you do not pass the final exam within three (3) attempts, you will be allowed to retake the final exam an additional three times for a fee of $250.

How long will the course take?

The entire course should take between about 60 and 100 hours, possibly longer if you are a novice. You have 100 days from the date of course activation to complete the course, so you should have plenty of time.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You will have 100 days from the date the course is activated to complete the course, including taking and passing the final exam. You will receive an email as soon as the course is activated. This should be plenty of time (only about 4-9 hours per week are needed). If, however, you are unable to complete the course in that time, you may contact us to obtain an extension for a fee.

How long after passing the Final Exam will I receive my certificate?

We ask that you allow 6 weeks from taking your Final Exam.

Is there a deadline for registration?

No. Registration is ongoing, and you can register at any time you like, 365 days per year. Simply use the on-line registration process found on the IPlegalEd.com homepage.

For current experienced or novice paralegals

What will the IPlegalED course teach me?

The IPlegalED course is the first complete self-contained course designed to teach you how to handle the administrative side of patent practice. Whether you’re taking it to refresh your skills, catch up on new or infrequently used rules, or are embarking upon an entirely new career, you’ll find all you need to know right here.

The course will provide you with complete, clear, step-by-step directions to guide you through the often bewildering maze of patent administration procedures, showing you how to fill out forms, docket dates and prepare documents for filing with the Patent Office. In short, we teach you how to confidently handle everything necessary to support one or more patent attorneys – either at a law firm, corporation or university.

I’ve been a patent assistant for quite a while, what will this course do for me?

This course will provide you with a valuable and comprehensive refresher of your skills, help you remember what you’ve forgotten, and will bring you up to date with all the new rules.

I’m pretty new to the patent field, what will I learn from this course?

If you have some, but not a lot of, experience, the IPlegalED course will provide a clear, step-by-step guide to patent administration, and teach you all that you need to know to confidently handle the administration of a patent portfolio, in a law firm or in a corporate patent department.

I’m a complete novice to patent work, is this course too advanced for me?

You’ll be just fine. Of course, the less experience you have, the more time you may want to spend on certain sections, especially the early introductory chapters. The IPlegalED course has been designed so that you can stop, start, or repeat sections as often as you wish. The course requires no specific prior knowledge, and has been carefully designed from the ground up to explain all terms and principles that you will need to understand the more complex elements of patent administration.

Information about paralegals

What does a patent paralegal do?
Patent administration is one of the most interesting and best remunerated areas of legal administration. Qualified patent paralegals (also called patent specialists or patent secretaries) are in high demand. A patent paralegal works with one or more patent attorneys or agents, and handles all the administrative work involved in the long and complex process of patenting inventions, either at a law firm or within the patent department of a corporation or university. This usually involves a lot of correspondence between the patent attorney and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Much of the correspondence takes the form of legal documents, drafted and filed in accordance with Federal patent rules. It’s a profession that requires intelligence, initiative and good organizational skills. Regular paralegals cannot do this work. It’s a specialty of its own that requires a considerable degree of training. There’s a lot to learn, but experienced patent paralegals are often given a great deal of responsibility for day-to-day patent matters, and with that comes a commensurate degree of respect and financial reward.

How can I become a patent paralegal?
There is a huge demand for people with patent paralegal skills, but amazingly enough, no standardized college credential is (yet) required or expected. This may well change. Many patent paralegals enter the field from general secretarial or administrative work, often, but not always, in a law firm. Almost all traditional training has been done as an informal apprenticeship, with the trainee receiving instruction from a senior paralegal or an attorney. A few sporadic live seminars have sprung up around the country, but because of the complexity of the subject matter, these seminars have either been very long, requiring live attendance after work and on weekends, or they provide no more than a short review for experienced patent paralegals. No previous course has provided a convenient but thorough step-by-step guide to US and foreign patent administration, until now. Most importantly, the IPlegalEd course teaches you to understand patent procedures, not just how to fill out forms.

Trademark Paralegal Certificate Course

For all levels of trademark paralegal

Trademark administration is a very demanding area of legal administration. There are rules to master, abstract concepts to understand and always deadlines to meet. Qualified trademark paralegals (also called trademark specialists or trademark secretaries) are in high demand and are well paid. A trademark paralegal works with one or more trademark attorneys and handles all the administrative work involved in the long and complex process for trademark clearance (searching), application, surveillance and enforcement. This usually involves a lot of formal correspondence between the trademark attorney and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It’s a profession that requires intelligence, initiative and good organizational skills. Regular paralegals cannot do this work and a considerable degree of training is required. Experienced trademark paralegals are often given a great deal of responsibility for day-to-day trademark matters.

If you are an experienced trademark paralegal

The course will provide you with a valuable and comprehensive refresher of your skills, will help you remember what you may have forgotten, and will bring you up to date with all the new rules.

If you have just a couple of years experience

The course will provide a clear, step-by-step guide to trademark administration, and teach you all that you need to know to confidently handle the administration of a trademark portfolio, in a law firm or in a corporate trademark department. The course book will be a valuable reference source.

If you are new to trademark administration

The course been carefully designed from the ground up to explain all terms and principles that you will need to understand the more complex elements of trademark administration. It requires no specific prior knowledge, just a willingness to learn. Of course, the less experience you have, the more time you may want to spend on the early chapters, but that should not be a problem. The IPlegalED course has been designed so that you can work at your own pace and stop, start, or repeat sections as often as you wish.

About the IPlegalED course

The IPlegalED trademark paralegal course is the first complete self-contained course designed to teach you how to confidently handle the administrative side of trademark practice. It is written in plain English, with the minimum of unnecessary legal jargon to make it clear and easy to follow. Whether you’re taking it to refresh your skills, catch up on new or infrequently used rules, or are embarking upon an entirely new career, you’ll find all you need to know right here.

The course will provide you with complete, clear, step-by-step directions to guide you through the often bewildering maze of trademark administration procedures, showing you how to fill out forms, docket dates and file documents with the Trademark Office. In short, we teach you how to confidently handle everything necessary to support one or more trademark attorneys, either at a law firm, corporation, government department or university.

The course is designed to be useful for all levels of experience, from novice to highly trained trademark paralegals with many years of experience. If you are highly experienced you will no doubt cover the early chapters quickly. A novice will have to spend more time learning the fundamental principles of trademark law which are covered in detail early in the course using a simple, plain-English style of prose. No matter what your level of experience, you will find this course useful, informative and helpful in your day-to-day trademark paralegal practice.

Payment and access

What happens if I have questions?
Unlimited, expert support from trademark professionals is available on-line. Additionally, the course has been carefully designed to anticipate and answer the most common questions that you may have.
Does my computer have to be “online” to take the course?
No. The course is designed to be downloaded to your computer and / or printed out, so you do not have to be logged on to study. In fact, if you choose to print out the course, you do not even have to use a computer to study. Only the quizzes and the final exam must be taken and graded online.
Can I repeat sections if I need to?
You can stop, start, or repeat sections and quizzes as often as you need. For the quizzes, only your most recent score is recorded. The final exam may be retaken up to three times (see below).

Will there be tests?
Yes. The IPlegalED course is an interactive course, designed to teach, reinforce and test your knowledge. A multiple-choice quiz is given at the end of each chapter. When you’ve completed all the chapters, there is a final exam. A score of 70% or above is required to pass the course, and a certificate is awarded upon passing. If you do not pass the final exam within three (3) attempts, you will be allowed to retake the final exam an additional three times for a fee of $250.

How long will the course take?
The entire course should take between about 50 and 100 hours, possibly longer if you are a novice. You have 100 days from the date of course activation to complete the course, so you should have plenty of time.

How long do I have to complete the course?
You will have 100 days from the date the course is activated to complete the course, including taking and passing the final exam. You will receive an email as soon as the course is activated. This should be plenty of time (only about 3-4 hours per week are needed). If, however, you are unable to complete the course in that time, you may contact us to obtain an extension for a fee.

Is there a deadline for registration?
No. Registration is ongoing, and you can register at any time you like, 365 days per year. Simply use the on-line registration process found on the IPlegalED.com homepage.

How much does the course cost?
The cost of the entire course is $1,695. There are absolutely no hidden or additional costs.

Can I pay in installments?
Yes. We are set up to process monthly recurring credit card payments for individual registrants. If a business, corporation, or law firm is paying, the installment plan may not be used. If you would like to use the installment plan, please contact us at questions@iplegaled.com. We will send you the forms you need to apply. The forms are not available on the web site.

Are printed reference materials provided?
Yes. The entire text of the course is designed to be downloaded and printed out to provide a useful day-to-day working reference with step-by-step instructions covering all aspects of trademark administration.

Can I save the course to more than one computer?

Yes. Many students save the course to their work computer and also to their home computer to allow them the flexibility of studying at both locations. You are allowed to download the course to two (but no more than two) computers. The course may only be used by the registered student of record. All materials are copyrighted and the copyright is strictly enforced.

What is the refund policy?

A full refund will be given promptly if, for any reason, you find that after having signed up, you cannot use the site or cannot take the course. In order to get a refund, you must contact us, explain the problem, and specifically request a refund within one week (7 days) of signing up. Note that if you have paid by credit card, there will be a credit card fee charged by the credit card processor (not by IPlegalED) of up to 5% that will not be returned.

What does the IPlegalED certificate mean to an employer?

The IPlegalED course is a nationally recognized, professional course designed to teach trademark administration. The IPlegalED course is not just about getting a certificate, it is about becoming an excellent, highly competent and sought after trademark paralegal, someone who really understands the complexities of trademark work. That is who employers are looking for. The IPlegalED certificate provides a valuable and recognized formal qualification awarded for having successfully taken the course and passed the final exam. It is not simply a certificate of completion. IPlegalED is nationally recognized, used by many corporations, law firms and government departments. The course is approved for paralegal continuing education credit by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (the largest paralegal organization in the US). The IPlegalED course has been designed and written by expert practitioners to be the very best course possible – the gold standard of trademark paralegal education. Upon completing the course and passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate showing that you successfully completed the IPlegalED Trademark Paralegal Certificate Course and passed the final exam.

Is the course accredited by any national organization?

Yes. The IPlegalED course is accredited for self-study paralegal continuing education credits by the NFPA (The National Federation of Paralegal Associations), which is the largest paralegal organization in the US. It is important to note that in compliance with NFPA policy only 4 hours of this class may be credited to their CLE credentialing. The IPlegalED course is also endorsed by the IP Society of Silicon Valley.

Who uses IPlegalED?

The IPlegalED intellectual property training courses are used by many top international corporations, law firms, universities and government departments, as well as individuals.

Additional Information

The IPlegalED course is not designed to provide general, non-specific paralegal training, and does not provide a general paralegal certificate. Many courses exist to provide such general paralegal training and are often offered at community colleges, but these general courses do not teach trademark paralegal skills and are of little value to a law firm or corporation looking for a professional trademark paralegal. The IPlegalED course is a specialist, professional course designed to teach trademark administration only.
It should be noted that ABA only approves courses that include “General Education”, which is defined by the ABA as “an academic college-level course designed to give students a broadly based liberal arts education”, so the IPlegalED course cannot be approved by the ABA under the current rules which are not designed for approval of such specialized professional courses.
Whether or not you are technically entitled to call yourself a “paralegal” in any given state varies from state to state. In many states the term has no fixed meaning and is simply a commonly used work descriptor meaning someone who supports an attorney. In some states, the word “paralegal” has been codified in the state’s legal code (e.g. in California see the business and professions code section 6450-6456 which requires a certain number of years of experience and/or academic qualifications).