Intellectual Property Basics


Discussion will cover:

  • An overview of intellectual property types: patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Why innovators and entrepreneurs should consider protecting their IP.
  • Resources and assistance available through the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Attendees should have basic mastery of keyboard/mouse skills and familiarity with Internet browsing to best appreciate and benefit from the course.


  • Independent inventors/entrepreneurs in the community. 
  • Rice students, staff and faculty.


  • Advance registration is required. Please register online. If you need to cancel your reservation, please send an email to, so people on the waiting list can take the class.


  • There is no charge.
Zoom (virtual meeting). Links will be sent to registered participants a few days in advance.
Registration Form
Some short courses are offered multiple times each semester, please enter the course date/time you wish to register.
Rice Affiliation
* Denotes that Friends of Fondren Library membership is required for classes offered by the GIS/Data Center and Digital Media Commons. Government Information classes like Patents and Trademarks, Census and Microforms do not require a membership.