IP Basics: Educator’s Manual


Series: Intellectual Property in the 21st Century
BISAC: BUS066000

High school STEAM programs encourage today’s young minds to innovate and create to the limits of their dreams. Yet few, if any, teach innovators how to protect their ideas.

Intellectual property (IP) refers to intangible creations resulting from the human mind. For example, when one purchases a book, he or she owns the physical personal property – the book. But someone else owns the IP – the copyright to the book.

Ip Basics and its corresponding Educator’s Manual provide the student (and teacher) with sufficient material to protect their creative works. Topics include patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The legal basis for protections such as the Constitution and corresponding state regulations are also discussed. What makes the presentation unique is the inclusion of various topics apart from IP. Neal Orkin’s book comprises sports, history, political science, ethics, civil rights, and humor bringing to life what might seem an ordinary subject matter. This provides a learning experience to captivate the student who will find IP more than simple mundane definitions.
The Educator’s Manual allows any STEAM teacher without formal legal training to effortlessly present the material to his or her class.
(Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 7. Introduction II

Chapter 8. Sources II

Chapter 9. Patents II

Chapter 10. Copyrights II

Chapter 11. Trademarks II

Chapter 12. Trade Secrets II



“This is an important resource for anyone teaching/ mentoring/ coaching want-to-be inventors or entrepreneurs ……high school students and even undergraduate and graduate students can gain so much from understanding this basic information. This is must read and must understand information that will protect the intellectual property of these budding inventors and entrepreneurs, and make them much better prepared for real life and to protect their own interests.” – RADM Richard W. Schneider, Ph.D, USCGR, Norwich University, Northfield, VT, USA

“I recently read Neal Orkin’s e-book, IP Basics. The content is presented in such a way as to capture my students’ interest and imagination, and in a format that makes it easy for them to quickly learn key concepts. This would be a terrific addition to our STEAM Program. Students without any knowledge of IP will find Mr. Orkin’s book both entertaining and extremely informative.” – Lee Marcus, AP Statistics Teacher, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

“Making IP understandable and accessible to first time entrepreneurs is not easy. These publications help demystify and aid this process.” – David Bradbury, President Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Inc (VCET)

“Professor Neal Orkin’s new book, “IP Basics,” stimulates curiosity and delivers vitally-important information to students and teachers alike. Orkin’s decades of IP expertise and his passion for the topic make “IP Basics” a must-read.” – Donald L. Haskin, Citibank, Member, Board of Directors, Philadelphia Education Fund

“With their natural inquisitiveness and creativity, but lack of business experience, young people can be most susceptible to opening new businesses without proper preparation, increasing their probability of failure.

With this book, Neal Orkin has taken an important step in helping students and others new to entrepreneurship enhance their chances of success. While today’s self-help guides, one day seminars and academic curriculum devoted to entrepreneurship may focus on the important disciplines of marketing, sales, finance, and operations, what is often missing from them is how business creators can protect what they create in the present and for the long term. This book on IP provides essential background information on how this can be done. Its clear, concise style is perfect for those interested in a short, but practical guide to this essential information for those with aspirations of creating a business. I highly recommend Neal’s work.” – Francis Linnehan, Ph.D, Dean Emeritus, LeBow College of Business, Drexel University

“Understanding and appreciating intellectual property has never been more important. Professor Orkin makes it simple but not simplistic, precise but concise. The basics made clear and useful.” – <strong>M. Kelly Tillery, Esquire, Senior Partner, Intellectual Property Department, Pepper Hamilton LLP, Philadelphia, PA, USA

“Professor Neal Orkin provides us with a concise and clear introduction to the basic issues of Intellectual Property that we all need. Based on his years of teaching Legal Studies at the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University, he shows us the sources and concerns that interest so many of us who deal with ideas and discovery, the ABCs of ownership, protection of ideas to which we are emotionally connected, and aspects of software, trademarks, patents, and copyrights that we are generating. As a researcher and teacher of molecular biology and sociolinguistics, I, together with my students and colleagues, am indebted to Neal Orkin for this most useful gift.” – Rakhmiel Peltz, Ph.D., Ph.D., Professor of Sociolinguistics, Founding Director of Judaic Studies, Drexel University

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