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From idea to patent: A researcher’s guide to patent applications

What you will learn?

  1. The fundamentals of a patent application and protection
  2. How to judge if your idea is novel enough to be patented
  3. The different types of protection tools and how they are used
  4. What can be patented and reasons for failure while applying for patent
  5. Best practices to create, use, and maintain an invention workbook
  6. How to write patent applications - content, style, and format
  7. Evaluating your patent application before you proceed
  8. How to choose between patent attorney or agent
  9. How to use the Provisional Patent Application (PPA)
  10. Filing an international application under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)


Course Description

The world of science and research is all about new discoveries, but an idea or research result is not deemed an invention until a patent is granted. However, navigating the patent application journey is not easy. If you have ever come up with an important discovery, and wanted to apply for a patent but didn’t know how, then this program is for you. This well-structured course takes you through the entire process, from evaluating an idea to writing a complete application and filing your request to a patent-granting authority.

This comprehensive course provides an overview of the different types of patents and protection available, and gives you the tools to evaluate whether your idea is worthy of a patent. It delves into the four factors governing your decision to get a patent, offers detailed advice, tips and a template on writing the ideal application, and outlines the role of claims in patent applications. The course also simplifies complex points like the Provisional Patent Application (PPA) and international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) with the use of structured guidelines and bite-sized explanations. You will also learn about key considerations like ethics, maintaining an invention workbook, and how to choose an agent or patent attorney. By the end of this program, you will not only learn how to evaluate your research idea, you will have the essential skills to craft a successful patent application and deal with the intricacies of filing your application.


What topics will be covered?

Lecture 1: Introduction to patents

Lecture 2: Myths and facts about patents

Lecture 3: Evaluating your idea

Lecture 4: The invention workbook rules

Lecture 5: Application type: PPA or PCT

Lecture 6: Attorney or no attorney

Lecture 7: How to write the PPA

Lecture 8: Writing the international application


Your Instructor


Dr. Jeremy Horne
Dr. Jeremy Horne
Jeremy Horne received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University in 1988, concentrating in political philosophy, logic, the history of philosophy, and philosophy of education. He also holds a Masters in political science from Southern Connecticut State University and a bachelors from the Johns Hopkins University. Horne's current research interests are
• Cosmological and quantum semantics of binary logic
• Modeling and Simulation – autonomous hybrid systems, and states of life and consciousness, with emphasis on dynamic validation
• Relationship of first and second order logic to modeling theories, such as IDEF
• Theories of organicity in non-hydrocarbon-based systems
• Consciousness studies, particularly the structure, role, and philosophy of bi-valued logic in consciousness.
with peer-reviewed publications and presentations in each.
He is president emeritus of the Southwest Area Meeting (division) of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His professional associations, past and present include the International Institute for Informatics and Systemics, the International Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

Course Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
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What if I am unhappy with the course?
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