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IPlegalED’s Patent Paralegal Certificate Course

The best and most complete patent paralegal course on or off the web
  • Clear, comprehensive and up-to-date
  • All patent procedures, rules and forms carefully explained
  • Continuously updated with all the latest rules
  • Unlimited online support from practicing professionals
  • Simple step-by-step instruction and practice forms
  • Designed to help you understand the procedures, not just follow them
  • U.S. and international (PCT) patent administration
  • Study at your own pace, online or off-line, at work or at home

Cost of the course:$2,495.00

Cost of the course:$2,495.00

Cost of
the course:$2,495.00

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1: 1. Introduction

Chapter 1: Introduction

Ch.1/A: The United States Patent System

Ch.1/B: Patents – General Concepts

1. What rights does a patent give and not give?

2. Patent Marking

3. First-to-File vs. First-to-Invent and grace period

4. Who can file a US patent application?

5. How long does a patent last?

6. What you can patent and what you cannot patent

7. How an application becomes a patent (patent prosecution)

8. What are the legal standards required to get a utility patent?

9. Utility patents, design patents, and plant patents

10. Provisional and non-provisional patent applications

11. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

12. Finding the laws and rules (35 USC, 37 CFR, and MPEP)

13. The filing date

14. Structure of a patent file

15. Docketing

16. Invention disclosures

17. Security

18. Correspondence with the USPTO

Ch.1/C: Emergency! … Filing by mail

1. USPTO mailing address and Mail Stop addresses

2. Faxing Documents to the USPTO

3. Hand delivered documents

4. Next Business Day Rule

5. Change of correspondence address

6. Use and modification of USPTO forms

7. Faxing documents to the USPTO

Ch.1/D: Summary of Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA)

2: 2. Frequently Used Documents and Concepts

Chapter 2: Frequently Used Documents and Concepts

Ch.2/A: Creating and logging into the account (MyUSPTO)

Ch.2/B: Transmittals

Ch.2/C: Request for Extension of Time

Ch.2/D: Claiming Priority

Ch.2/E: Incorporation by Reference

Ch. 2/F: Patent Application Data Sheet (ADS)

Ch. 2/G: Financial Manager

3: 3. Filing A Nonprovisional Patent Application

Chapter 3: Filing a Nonprovisional Patent Application

Ch.3/A(1): The Transmittal Sheet

Ch.3/A(2): The Application Data Sheet

Ch.3/B: Fees

1. Small Entity and Micro Entity Status

2. Fees payable for a new nonprovisional application

3. Fee transmittal

4. Calculating fees and counting claims

5. Paying fees, refunds and Financial Manager online Payment and Fee Management System

Ch.3/C: Claims

Ch.3/D:  The Specification and Drawings

1. Title

2. Government support clause

3. Cross reference to previous application (if any)

4. Background of the invention

5. Summary of the invention

6. Brief description of the drawings

7. Detailed description of the invention

8. Claims

9. Abstract

10. Drawings

11. Sequence listing and computer code

Ch.3/E:  The Oath or Declaration

Ch.3/F:  The Information Disclosure Statement (IDS)

Ch.3/G:  The Power of Attorney

Ch.3/H:  The Assignment- Recordation, Searching and Correcting

Ch.3/I:  Fees

Ch.3/J:  Application format

Ch.3/K:  Drawing format

Ch.3/L:  Finalizing and filing the nonprovisional application

Ch.3/M:  Filing the nonprovisional application using Patent Center

Ch.3/N: Speeding up Examination

Ch.3/O: Docketing after filing a new nonprovisional application

Ch.3/P: Preliminary Amendment

Ch. 3/Q: First Action Interview pilot program

4: 4. Filing A Provisional Patent Application

Chapter 4: Filing A Provisional Patent Application

Ch.4/A: The provisional application

Ch.4/B: Parts of the provisional application

Ch.4/C: Finalizing and filing the provisional application

Ch.4/D: Filing the provisional application using Patent Center

Ch.4/E: Docketing after filing a new application

Ch.4/F: Converting a provisional application

Ch.4/G: Petition to restore the benefit of a provisional application

5: 5. Patent Prosecution

Chapter 5: Patent Prosecution

Ch.5/A: Initial processing upon filing

1. Return receipt postcard

2. Filing receipt and corrected filing receipt

3. Notice to File Missing Parts (filing date granted)

4. Notice of Omitted Items (filing date not granted)

5. Notice of Incomplete Application (filing date not granted)

6. Other rarely encountered notices

Ch.5/B: Patent Examination

1. First Action Allowance

2. Restriction Requirement

3. Responding to the Restriction Requirement

4. The Office Action

5. Reviewing the Office Action and docketing due dates

6. IDSs in related applications

7. Responding to the Office Action

8. Making amendments

Amendments to the Claims

Amendments to the Specification and Abstract

Amendments to the figures

9. Format of the Response to Office Action

10. Proofing and finalizing the Response to Office Action

11. Filing the Response

12. Extensions of time

13. Correcting inventorship

14. Declarations under 37 CFR 1.131 And 1.132

15. What happens after a response to an Office Action is filed

16. Responding to a Notice of Non-compliant Amendment

Ch.5/C: Final Office Action and Advisory Action

1. Response to a Final Office Action and Advisory Action

2. After Final amendments

3. Docketing After a Final Office Action

4. Finalizing and filing a Response to a Final Office Action

5. After Final Consideration Program

Ch.5/D: Abandonment

Ch.5/E: Revival of an abandoned application

Ch.5/F: Petition to withdraw a Holding of Abandonment

Ch.5/G:Petitions and ePetitions

Ch.5/H: Publication

Ch.5/I: Third party Pre-Issuance Submissions (AIA)

6: 6. Follow-on Applications

Chapter 6: Follow-on Applications

Ch.6/A: Request For Continued Examination (RCE)

Ch.6/B:  Continued Prosecution Application (CPA)

Table: The differences between a CPA and an RCE Application

Ch.6/C:  Continuation

Ch.6/D:  Divisional

Ch.6/E:  Continuation-in-Part (CIP)

Table: Comparison of different types of application

7: 7. Allowance, Issue and Post Grant

Chapter 7: Allowance, Issue, and Post Grant

Ch.7/A: Notice of Allowance and Issue Fee

Ch.7/B: Notices to correct (allowance mailed)

Ch.7/C: Docketing after payment of Issue Fee

Ch.7/D: Voluntary amendments after Notice of Allowance

Ch.7/E: Issue notification

Ch.7/F: Issue of the patent

Ch.7/G: Withdrawal from issue

Ch.7/H: Deferring issue of a patent

8: 8. Patent Term, Patent Term Adjustment, and Terminal Disclaimers

Chapter 8: Patent Term, Patent Term Adjustment, and Terminal Disclaimers

Ch.8/A: Patent term adjustment

Ch.8/B: Terminal disclaimers

9: 9. After Issue Proceedings

Chapter 9: After Issue Proceedings

Ch.9/A: Certificates of Correction

Ch.9/B: Reissue

Ch.9/C: Supplemental examination

Ch.9/D: Inter Partes Review

Ch.9/E: Ex Parte Reexamination

Ch.9/F: Interference and Derivation proceedings

Ch.9/G: Post Grant Review (PGR)

10: 10. Appeal

Chapter 10: Appeal

Ch.10/A: Notice of Appeal

Ch.10/B: Pre Appeal Brief Conference

Ch.10/C: Appeal Brief

Ch.10/D: Examiner’s Answer

Ch.10/E: Reply Brief

Ch.10/F: At the PTAB

Ch.10/G: Filing a Continuation or RCE during the appeal process

11: 11. Maintenance Fees

Chapter 11: Maintenance Fees

Ch.11/A: When and how to pay maintenance fees

Ch.11/B: Delayed maintenance fees

Ch.11/C: Changing the maintenance fee address

Ch.11/D: Changing the correspondence address for an issued patent

12: 12. The USPTO Website

Chapter 12: The USPTO Website and Patent Center

Ch.12/A: The USPTO website and Patent Center

Ch.12/B: account and Customer Number

Ch.12/C: The Patent Center Process – Electronic Filing of Applications and Other Documents
1. Using Patent Center to file a new Utility Application
2. Using Patent Center to file follow-on documents for an existing application

Ch.12/D: Patent Center – DOCX validation: warnings and errors

Ch.12/E: Patent Center Workbench

Ch.12/F: More About Patent Center

Ch.12/G: Creating Documents for Submission

Ch.12/H: Ordering Certified Documents


13: 13. Methods For Speeding Up Patent Examination

Chapter 13: Methods For Speeding Up Patent Examination

Ch.13/A: Accelerated Examination

Ch.13/B: Petition to Make Special (age and health)

Ch.13/C: Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) program

Ch.13/D: Track One Prioritized Examination

14: 14. Design Patent Applications

Chapter 14: Design Patents

Ch. 14/A: Design Patent Applications

Ch. 14/B: Elements of a Design Application

Ch. 14/C: Examination of a Design Application

Ch. 14/D: Filing a Design Application

Ch. 14/E: Prosecution of a Design Application

Ch. 14/F: The Hague Union Treaty – International Design Applications


15: 15. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Chapter 15: Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

Ch.15/A: Introduction

1. Why do we file an International Application under the PCT?

2. What are some of the advantages of filing under the PCT?

3. Overview of the PCT Process

4. PCT Divisionals and Continuations

5. INID (Internationally agreed Numbers for the Identification of Data) Codes


16: 16. PCT Chapter I

Chapter 16: PCT Chapter I

Ch.16/A: What happens under Chapter I?

(i) Filing directly with the International Bureau of WIPO as receiving Office


Ch.16/B: Filing the International Application (the Request)

1. What are the physical requirements of an International Application?

2. What papers do I need to file a Chapter I Request?

3. How do I file a Chapter I Request?

4. A note about date format and country codes


Ch.16/C: How do I file a Chapter I Request?

1. Filing the PCT application using Patent Center

2. Filing the PCT application by mail


Ch.16/D: Docketing after filing a new PCT application


Ch.16/E: How to fill out the Request form

1. Box I. Title of invention

2. Box II. Applicant

3. Box III. Further applicant(s) and/or further inventors

4. Box IV. Agent or common representative

5. Box V. Designation of states

6. Box VI. The priority claim

a. Restoration of right of priority (PCT Rule 26bis.3)

b. Correction of a priority claim (PCT Rule 26bis.1)

c. Correction of defects in priority claims (PCT Rule 26bis.2)

d. Incorporation by reference (PCT Rule 20)

e. Missing parts in a PCT application (PCT Rules 20.6 and 20.7)

7. Box VII. International searching authority (ISA)

8. Box VIII. Declarations


Ch.16/F: Fee Calculation Sheet

1. What if the fees change?

2. What if I do not pay the fees in time?

Ch.16/G: Transmittal

Ch.16/H: How and where do I file the Request?

Ch.16/I: What if I miss the 12 month PCT filing deadline?

Ch.16/J: Electronic filing using ePCT

Ch.16/K: Associating a PCT application with your customer number


17: 17. Documents Sent from the PCT During Chapter I, and Responses by the Applicant

Chapter 17: Documents from the PCT during Chapter I and Responses by Applicant

Ch.17/A: Notification of Receipt of Record Copy

Ch.17/B: Notification Concerning Payment of Prescribed Fees

Ch.17/C: Notification of the International Application Number and International Filing Date

Ch.17/D: Invitation to Correct Defects in the International Application

Ch.17/E: Notification of Receipt of Search Copy

Ch.17/F: Notification Concerning Submission or Transmittal of Priority Document

Ch.17/G: Notice Informing the Applicant of the Communication of the International Application

Ch.17/H: Information Concerning Elected Offices Notified of their Election

Ch.17/I: Notification of Transmittal of the International Search Report or the Declaration

Ch.17/J: The International Search Report (ISR)

Ch.17/K: The ISA Written Opinion

Ch.17/L: Responding to the ISR and Written Opinion (Ch. I) – Article 19 Amendments

Ch.17/M: Communication in cases for which no other form is applicable

Ch.17/N: Publication of the International Application

Ch.17/O: What happens next?


18: 18. PCT Chapter II

Chapter 18: PCT Chapter II

Ch.18/A: What is Chapter II?

Ch.18/B: Chapter II Demand

Ch.18/C: What documents will I receive after filing the Chapter II Demand?

1. Notification of receipt of the Demand by competent IPEA

2. Notice Advising Elected Offices of the Chapter II Filing

3. Written Opinion (Chapter I) (Office Action)

3a. Response to the Written Opinion (Chapter I) – Article 34 Amendment

4. International Preliminary Report of Patentability (Chapter II of the Patent Cooperation Treaty) or IPRP Chapter II or International Preliminary Examination Report (IPER)

4a. Parts of the IPRP, Chapter I


Ch.18/D: Fraudulent Requests for Payment of Fees

19: 19. The National/Regional Phase

Chapter 19: The National/Regional Phase

Ch. 19/A: Routes of prosecution

20: 20. The National Phase in the US (a 371 application)

Chapter 20: National Phase in the US (a 371 application)

Ch.20/A: Entry into the National Phase in the US

Ch.20/B: Filing the national phase under 35 USC 371 using Patent Center

Ch.20/C: The Bypass Route – an alternative to filing under 35 USC 371


21: 21. The National Phase in Europe and Other Countries

Chapter 21: National Phase in Europe

Ch. 21/A: Entry into the national phase in Europe

Ch. 21/B: Grant and validation in Europe

Ch. 21/C: Unified European Patent

Ch. 21/D: Entry into the national phase in other countries


22: 22. Patent Course Final Exam

Chapter 22: Final Exam

  • 1

    1. Introduction

  • 2

    2. Frequently Used Documents and Concepts

  • 3

    3. Filing A Nonprovisional Patent Application

  • 4

    4. Filing A Provisional Patent Application

  • 5

    5. Patent Prosecution

  • 6

    6. Follow-on Applications

  • 7

    7. Allowance, Issue and Post Grant

  • 8

    8. Patent Term, Patent Term Adjustment, and Terminal Disclaimers

  • 9

    9. After Issue Proceedings

  • 10

    10. Appeal

  • 11

    11. Maintenance Fees

  • 12

    12. The USPTO Website

  • 13

    13. Methods For Speeding Up Patent Examination

  • 14

    14. Design Patent Applications

  • 15

    15. The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)

  • 16

    16. PCT Chapter I

  • 17

    17. Documents Sent from the PCT During Chapter I, and Responses by the Applicant

  • 18

    18. PCT Chapter II

  • 19

    19. The National/Regional Phase

  • 20

    20. The National Phase in the US (a 371 application)

  • 21

    21. The National Phase in Europe and Other Countries

  • 22

    22. Patent Course Final Exam

Final Certificate

Once you have passed the Final Exam with a grade of 70% or higher, we will send you a certificate suitable for framing. Please allow up to 6 weeks as our print shop does these in batches.

Patent Certificate


Is this course ABA approved?

It should be noted that the ABA (American Bar Association) 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.

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 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).

We ship certificates destined to U.S. addresses by U.S. Postal Service First-Class Mail. If we mail your certificate and it is returned as undeliverable, or if you would like us to reissue your certificate, the fee to mail it again will be $35.

For foreign addresses we ship via U.S. Postal Service First-Class Mail. If lost or undeliverable, as a courtesy, we will ship tracked Priority Mail International one time for free. Any additional services (such as FedEx), mailings, or certificates will be at the student’s expense. Please note: We are not the Post Office and we do not control the mail. The U.S. Postal Service offers tracking to foreign countries when using Priority Mail International, however, once it leaves the US, the local postal service of the destination country takes over.

If a certificate is returned as undeliverable or sent to a student twice, a copy of letterhead with address from a business or other proof of address (a copy of the mailing address from a utility bill) must be supplied and the certificate will be sent to that address. If you have any questions, please contact us at questions (at)




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:


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


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


Carella, Byrne, Bain, Gilfillan, Checchi
Celera Genomics
Ceptyr, Inc.
Charm Sciences, Inc.
Cingular Wireless
Clark and Bellamy PC
Cleveland Golf
CNH America LLC
Computer Associates International, Inc.
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.


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


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.


Friedman, Suder & Cooke


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


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
Howison & Arnott, L.L.P.
Husch & Eppenberger, LLC


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Palatin Technologies, Inc.
Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
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




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


Sabic Americas, Inc.
San Diego County Credit Union
Schlumberger Technology Corp.
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C.
Scientific-Atlanta, Inc.
Seagate Technology, LLC
Sealed Air, Inc.
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
Suiter West PC LLO
SurModics, Inc.


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


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


Vedder Price
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties


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










Silverbrook Research


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




Inspicos A/S


NDS Technologies Israel Limited


Schlumberger KK



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Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Is the course accredited by any national organization? Can I get CLE credit?

Yes! The IPlegalED Patent course is approved for 12 CLE credit hours, and the IPlegalED Trademark course is approved for 10 CLE credit hours by The National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) (, which is the largest paralegal organization in the USA. 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.

Are there videos?
No. We find that it limits the student’s ability to take the course offline, and once the student’s course expired, they would no longer be able access to the videos. Once the textbook is downloaded, however, it may be referenced days, months, and years after the course has expired.

 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 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 pay by wire, please allow 4-5 business days for bank processing. If you send us a payment by any means other than normal First Class mail (such as 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 exact second of course activation to complete the course, so you should have plenty of time. We do recommend you take the final exam on the day *before* your timer ends, to ensure you can finish the final before the clock stops.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You will have 100 days from the exact second 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.

Extensions and Suspensions

In the rare case that a student requires extra time to complete their course, an extension of time may be purchased. This will add a set amount of time to the current clock. Time may be purchased in one, two, or three month increments, and must be paid for by credit card at the time of request. Only one extension may be purchased per course.

Any suspensions to a course clock are only for one month, and are not extendable. While a course is suspended, the student has no access to the online course or quizzes.

Any extensions of time or suspensions must be requested and approved in writing BEFORE the expiration of their 100 day timer.



What Our Clients Say

  • I found this course to be extremely beneficial. While my job involves working for one patent prosecution attorney, I had no formal training, nor have I filed any PCT applications. Due to the thoroughness of this course, when that time comes, I will be more than prepared. As an additional comment, I found the personnel at IPlegalED to be extremely helpful to me -- especially during the time I was working on a complex Patent Infringement trial

    N.T. Alameda, CA

  • Thank you for providing a clear and comprehensive understanding of a very complex system. The study materials and quizzes were Excellent!! I would recommend this course to anyone interested in patents.

    M.H. Cranbury, NJ

  • I think that this course is very useful for a refresher for a paralegal that has been doing it for a long time as well as for someone who is just getting started as a paralegal.

    H.P. Thornton, CO

  • I would like to say thanks to the IPLegalEd staff for their help and support. I am much more knowledgeable on patents now that I have taken the course. Thank you.

    M.D. Provo, UT

  • Thank you for this course. I started as an IP Paralegal three months ago, and what I learned here has gone a long way in making the job less terrifying!

    A.C. Waltham, MA

  • This course is very complete and has helped with filing gaps in my comprehension of certain procedures and better understanding notions that I have to deal with on an everyday basis. It is very well presented. Thanks!

    A.G. Montreal, Canada

  • The course is definitely one of the best of its kind, presenting the material in such a comprehensive, yet concise manner.
    It grants you a solid theoretical basis, supported by vast statutory and procedural rules, combined with practical and tangible tools to be implemented through online resources and docketing systems. The skills you gain from the IPlegalED course are absolutely applicable to your daily work as a paralegal and are NOT general or ephemeral qualifications.

    I would especially like to emphasize the form of the author's narration that was very appealing to me, where the tutor refers specifically to paralegals, and does not talk to abstract or faceless readers. It gives you a feeling of self-respect that you are truly becoming part of the complex process of patenting inventions.

    I cordially recommend the course to all IP paralegals.

    Noel A. Haifa, Israel

  • I’m a past student of your program which I thoroughly enjoyed, your program was a great help in my career.

    I am now referring my daughter to take your program.

    Jenny V. Peachtree City, GA