The first half of the course will focus on obtaining patent rights. Using LED industry hypotheticals, you will learn how to maintain patent rights by being diligent. We will also discuss what research should be done prior to filing for a patent, and how to decide what kinds of things to patent and what things should not be patented. The second half of the course will focus on patent litigation with a particular emphasis on the LED industry. With the amount of litigation in the LED industry steadily rising, having a basic understanding of litigation is crucial for lighting companies both large and small. Topics to be covered will include: recent trends in patent litigation; patent holders in the LED industry embarking on litigation and licensing programs; and the mechanics of litigating patents in the US including what to do and expect when sued for infringement.