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Cybersecurity Engineering

Use the resources on this guide to help you do research related to cybersecurity.

Library Tutorials & Workshops

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Tutorials about Patents

Idea or Invention? (video, 4:26)

Explains the differences between an idea and an invention. (Inventor's Quick Tips)

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If your browser is compatible, try the video, Idea or Invention? (Inventor's Quick Tips), on YouTube.


How to Search for Patents (video, 7:25)

This tutorial provides an introduction to using the patent classifications systems to improve your search. Focuses on the espacenet.org search and the Cooperative Patent Classification system. By U. Central Florida.

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How to conduct a Preliminary U.S.Patent Search: A Step-by-Step Strategy (video)
Learn more about searching the USPTO resources. Interactive tutorial.


LinkedIn Learning Course

Understanding Patents: Deeper Dive

Note: Be sure to use your George Mason University Email when using this hyperlink.

Course Description

"Want to patent your invention or technology—or avoid infringing on someone else's? Learn the defining characteristics of successful patents, including what is and is not patentable and the types of patents available. Lawyer Dana Robinson shows how to distinguish between good ideas that can be patented as well as good ideas that don't meet the strict requirements of patent law. He also outlines the process and timeline of the patent application process and explains how businesses can avoid infringing on existing patents with a simple search." from LinkedIn Learning

Note: When you finish the course, be sure to post your certificate on your LinkedIn Profile.

Academic Support at Mason

George Mason University provides a number of academic support services free of charge.