Center for Continuing Studies

Intellectual Property Law for Engineers

WIOA Certified

Our course will give you an understanding of the rights of creative and ingenious people and provide the information you need to protect yourself and your ideas in intellectual property matters.

The constitutionally-based discipline of patent law covers the process and laws by which an invention, and its creator, are protected from infringement and unfair competition.

We'll examine

  • patent applications, research and prosecution
  • the law of infringement
  • computer applications of software and hardware
  • patents for concepts, machines, processes, mixtures, manufacturing, compositions of materials and methods of doing business and research
  • utility patents, design and plant patents
  • copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and business methods


  • You will be expected to spend at least 8 hours per week reading and completing assignments.
  • This course is the equivalent of at least 45 hours of study.
  • The passing score on all tests and assignment is 70 percent.
  • Extensions will not be granted.

What you earn

Successful graduates earn a certificate of completion from St. Cloud State University, and a certificate of course hours completed from The Center for Legal Studies.

2019 Sessions

Cost:  $729

  • Oct. 21 - Dec. 6

2020 Sessions

Cost:  $995

  • Jan. 13 - Feb. 28
  • Mar. 9 - Apr. 24
  • May 4 - June 19
  • June 29 - Aug. 14
  • Aug. 24 - Oct. 9
Materials: Order "Intellectual Property Law for Engineers and Scientists" and "Oran's Dictionary of the Law, 4th Edition" through The Center for Legal Studies.WESTLAW legal research access available through the course.

Alternate registrations

  • 800-522-7737, and pay by credit card
  • Complete this form (PDF) to pay by check or purchase order

Need a payment plan?  Two easy steps:

  1. Complete a registration form (PDF), then submit it by email or mail
  2. Contact to initiate your payment plan

What is required?

  • 25 percent down-payment
  • Monthly payments 
  • Nonrefundable $30 enrollment fee

Ways to Pay:

  • Auto Debit - automatically deducts payment from checking/savings account
  • Pay via mobile apps
  • Online - log on to make a one-time payment
  • Mail a payment 
  • Online bank payment  through your bank's online bill pay service

Contact: Angela Olson