Intellectual Property Rights in Publishing

Course Length: 1.75 Hours
Course Style: High-Definition On Demand Video

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this comprehensive and engaging course, you will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast the 4 main forms of intellectual property as they relate to scholarly publishing
  • Define copyright and licensing in the context of scholarly publishing
  • Describe why and how to copyright your original works of authorship
  • Discuss key licensing concepts including Public Domain, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
  • Use a template to request permission to reprint, photocopy, or digitize a copyrighted work in your publication
  • Define trademark in the context of scholarly publishing
  • Describe why and how to trademark distinguishing words, phrases, symbols, or designs arising from your research
  • Define trade secrets in the context of scholarly publishing
  • Describe the circumstances under which you might need a protected trade secret in academia
  • Define patent in the context of scholarly publishing
  • Describe why and how to patent useful and novel inventions and processes arising from your research
  • Review the major steps in the patent application process
  • Discuss current intellectual property debates related to scholarly publishing (including copyright transfer assignment, Open Access repository rights, and sharing patents with universities and funders)


Paul M. Sutter, PhD is Research Professor of Astrophysics at Stony Brook University, Guest Researcher at the Flatiron Institute in New York City, and contributing editor to Forbes,, and LiveScience, where his articles are syndicated to CBS News, Scientific American, and MSN, amongst others. Author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles as well as 2 books (published by Prometheus Books and Pegasus Books), he received his PhD in Physics as Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before completing post-doctoral fellowships in France at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris and in Italy at the Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste. Since this time, Dr. Sutter has developed one of the most popular astrophysics podcasts in the world and has delivered over 100 conference presentations, seminars, and colloquia at prestigious institutions across the globe. A go-to expert for journalists and producers, he regularly appears on television, radio, and in print, including on the Discovery Channel, History Channel, Science Channel, and Weather Channel.

DISCLOSURES: This course can be classified as video-based homestudy without interactivity, and has an intended audience of professionals in the following sectors: Non-profit, Industry, University, Community College, Government Agency, Hospitals & Clinics, and Independent Researchers. Publication Academy, Inc. reports no conflicts of interest and has received no commercial support in the development and hosting of this training from its instructors. Publication Academy, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. If you wish to enquire about a refund due to technical difficulties, please e-mail

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