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An Overview of the Various Protections Provided by Intellectual Property Laws

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Produced on December 13, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Intellectual Property

Course Description

Intellectual property may be the most valuable asset of your company. In today's digital world, protection of that intellectual property has become extraordinarily complex and sophisticated. Join attorney Steven Rubin as he provides an overview on how to protect your intangible assets through the following:

Utility Patents – how to obtain and maintain protection of inventions that have utilitarian functions;

Design Patents – how to obtain and maintain protections of new designs;

Copyright – how to protect works of authorship;

Trademark – protection of marks, symbols or slogans used to identify the origin of goods or services;

Cybersecurity – what documentation is needed to limit legal liability in the event of a data breach; and

Trade Secrets  what protections are available for information that is valuable because it is kept confidential and what everyone needs to know about the Defend Trade Secrets Act. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Understand the value of a company’s intellectual property
  2. Identify the complexities of protecting that intellectual property
  3. Discuss the various types of intellectual property protections listed above

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Steven S. Rubin

Moritt Hock & Hamroff LLP

Steven Rubin is a Partner with the firm where he Chairs the Patent Practice Group and Co-Chairs its Cybersecurity Practice Group.

Mr. Rubin has 15 years of experience in consulting clients on patent related matters. He advises clients throughout all phases of a patent’s life from conception by an inventor to enforcement. He drafts and prosecutes patent applications and has managed large international patent portfolios. In addition, Mr. Rubin also identifies potential patent infringement assertions and potential cross-licensing opportunities and provides infringement opinions as needed. He represents clients in patent enforcement and litigation matters domestically and internationally and reviews patent portfolios and pending patent litigations in relation to corporate mergers, acquisitions and investments. He also represents companies of all sizes from start-ups to multi-national corporations. 

In the cybersecurity space, Mr. Rubin relies on his technology background in counseling clients and creating written information security plans (WISPs). The WISP may be used by companies to mitigate the risk of, and potentially limit exposure from, a data breach. Mr. Rubin also serves as part of a multi-disciplinary team that can be called into action when a company is sued for actions associated with a data breach.

Mr. Rubin focuses his practice on technology relating to electronics and computer science and has worked in diverse fields such as software; multi-core architecture; augmented reality; optical communication; information processing; image processing; security systems; video conferencing; network based technologies, including cloud computing; mobile applications; search engines; military defense systems; physics; material science; encryption; chemical engineering; nanotechnology; medical devices; microlithography; RF-ID; fabrication and production of semiconductor devices; computer and network architecture and monitoring; circuits; coding/decoding, processing and transmission of signals; antennas; cell phone and pager technology; printer and display technology including LCD control; transmission, compression, synchronization, processing, and display of television signals; optical communications and lens technologies; mechanical devices; and lighting circuitry.

As a recognized leader in his field, Mr. Rubin speaks and publishes extensively on various issues and topics pertaining to patent law and cybersecurity law. He has been quoted in IP Law & Business, Forbes Magazine, Information Week, World Intellectual Property Law Review, macnewsworld.com, ecommercetimes.com, TechNewsWorld, Linuxinsider, EE Times, IPLaw360.com, Information Display Magazine, Newsday and Long Island Business News, and in December 2012, he appeared as a legal analyst on PBS's Nightly Business Report (NBR) "Profiting from Patents".

In addition to his legal career, Mr. Rubin mentors law students at Hofstra University School of Law. He has also taught intellectual property law at Stony Brook University, as well as patent law at Brooklyn Law School, Fordham University School of Law, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College.


min k.

the instructor is experienced and knowledgeable.

Jessica E.

An older course (2016 - I wish the summary on the course choice page would provide dates), but still on point. A bit advanced for the novice in IP. Great ending slide summarizing types of IP and rights associated therewith.

Julianne F.

Excellent - Well organized and well presented. One of the best I’ve seen on the platform.

Roman W.

I appreciate Mr. Rubin's thorough knowledge of the subject matter and ability to convey the information clearly and succinctly.

Eric C.

Solid and effective presentation.

Dena R.

Favorite presenter

James C.

Excellent speaker; and very informative about IP.I would highly recommend to individuals who have little or no experience with IP law.

Todd A.

Excellent! Precise and clear high-level overview!

Victoria K.

Very good. He went beyond basics.

Vasiliki N.

Great overview of various types of intellectual properties and their differences.

Brad N.


Robert L.

Very good content- one of the best I have seen

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Jeremy S.

very good.

Jerome N.

excellent overview

Danielle W.

Super informative. Great presenter.

Charles C.

Very good. For such a technical area of law this was conveyed in a very clear manner.

Stephen Lee H.

Great job co vering a lot of stuff in a short period. Fairly substantive on each topic also. Thanks.

Julie A. B.

Engaging presenter on an interesting topic shares a well-delivered primer on various protections provided by intellectual property law. The skilled speaker relays an excellent overview of a complex topic in a crisp, comprehensive, and well-organized fashion.

Jane P.

Very good presentation.

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