Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Online Training

Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets Online Training

At the heart of your business are the ideas, USPs, designs and inventions that are responsible for its success. Many of these fall under the banner of intellectual property or trade secrets. It’s of the utmost importance that these are protected – both in the legal sense and by you and your team.

Intellectual property refers to creations of the mind – intangible assets - but with considerable value to your business. In commerce, these could include symbols, names and images.

Trade secrets are considered a form of intellectual property. Most commonly, this is a compilation of information (such as a pattern, formula or recipe) not generally known by others that give your business an advantage over competitors.

Many companies go to great lengths to protect their intellectual property or trade secrets. It can include requiring staff, contractors and supply chain businesses to sign non-disclosure agreements and restricting access to some business operations to selected individuals.

If you are sharing sensitive intellectual property or trade secrets with your team, it is essential they are provided with adequate training. Our intellectual property and trade secrets online training course demonstrates what constitutes a trade secret or intellectual property and how to protect them.

Who should take the Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets online training?

This course is recommended for all employees and contractors who would be given any access to or have any knowledge of a business’ intellectual property or trade secrets

This course contains the following modules:

Interactive Screen: Define intellectual property (IP). IP rights. What can be protected by IP? Importance of protecting IP. Rules around sharing and using our IP, as well as the IP of third parties. Consequences of IP falling into the wrong hands.
Scenario: The correct steps to take when you create something that could be considered intellectual property.
Key Learning: If you create IP during your employment with our company, that IP is the property of our company. Do not disclose our IP externally without prior written permission.
Assessment: Five-question quiz on the content presented in this topic.

Interactive Screen: Types and examples of intellectual property. Trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial designs, geographical indications.
Scenario: Identifying what is, and what isn’t, considered intellectual property.
Key Learning: It’s important to understand what is considered IP and how we protect it. Reporting channels for questions on IP and the actions to take when you create IP.
Assessment: Five-question quiz on the content presented in this topic.

Interactive Screen: Define what a trade secret is. Protecting our trade secrets. The difference between a trade secret and a patent. Examples of trade secrets.
Scenario: How to protect our trade secrets.
Key Learning: It is vital that we protect our trade secrets to retain a competitive advantage. Marking documents as “confidential.” You have a responsibility when it comes protecting our trade secrets.
Assessment: Five-question quiz on the content presented in this topic.

Summary screen that wraps up the module, and attestation screen where learners attest that they will always adhere to intellectual property and trade secrets policies.

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