Where Nonlawyer Professionals Become Knowledgable IP Paralegals

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About the IPParalegal Institute

The IPParalegal Institute evolved from the IPParalegals Paralegal Training Program to become the intellectual property industry's preeminent paralegal education & training institution. An independent and coeducational institution based in the United States of America, the IPP Institute specializes in delivering comprehensive instruction in the fields of patent, trademark and copyright prosecution.

The Institute administers Paralegal training Programs in Patent, Trademark and Copyright Prosecution fields of study, as well as full Intellectual Property Prosecution Paralegal Certificates. Additionally the IPP Institute conducts Certificate of Specialized Study Courses that furnish students with focused learning in individual intellectual property prosecution disciplines. Non-certificate Professional Development courses and classes are also available.

Additionally the Institute provides customized training that can be tailored to meet a law firm's or corporate legal team's needs, and scaled to address an organization's technical requirements for their specialists, paralegals, assistants, secretaries, docket administrators and docketing clerks.

The Institute's Paralegal Certificate Programs are comprised of prerequisite Certificate of Specialized Study Courses; which are offered as live online webinars. Self-paced eLearning studies are in development, which will benefit from 100s of hours of recorded online live classroom instruction. (We've been doing this awhile.) Non-certificate Professional Development courses are available as live online webinar courses or classes and syndicated video-on-demand webinar courses or classes, as well as webinars or classes at the work site as arranged by your employer.

Established before the World Wide Web had its first browser, the IPParalegal Institute, together with its founding community of learned and seasoned educators, are devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. The Institute's instructors are committed to developing disciplined technicians and true nonlawyer professionals in the field of intellectual property prosecution.

Accuracy • Accountability • Attention to detail ... the hallmarks of an IPParalegal graduate.

A Pioneering Tradition of Excellence

The IPParalegal Institute began in May of 1985 as VMA Consulting, a pioneering IP services outsourcing firm. VMA was born from client requests for the Institute's founder to freelance her prowess at fixing mistakes that historically could not be fixed. With a front row seat to many astounding breakthrough technologies and scientific discoveries during the 1980s, VMA Consulting's reputation grew for its unique and value-added contributions toward protecting many of them.

As clients thrived their paralegals (legal assistants), secretaries and docketing clerks went in search of IP prosecution training to keep up. At the time Intellectual Property prosecution was viewed as somewhat of an irreverent cult in GP firms. In fact, nonlawyer education for the discipline did not exist.

IP was largely ignored in the NALA's general practice CLA program, while associate and undergradate degrees in Paralegal Studies (also gp) remained decades away. So in 1990, providing IP technical education became an integral part of VMA Consulting's repertoire.

By 1992, demand for VMA's expertise increased to the extent where critical administration decisions were forthcoming. After four years of due diligence and planning, VMA Consulting expanded into IPParalegals in 1996.

In 1997 IPParalegals successfully authored, published and implemented the industry's first IP Paralegal knowledge test for Winstead, Sechrist & Minnick. It was created to help evaluate applicants on their technical knowledge of patent and trademark prosecution. The core proprietary technology that enabled this IP paralegal knowledge test became the foundation for what is now the IPParalegal Institute's Student Evaluation & Assessment System (SEAS).

By 2005 IPParalegals had a full IP Paralegal Certificate Course in place. The first of its kind, the IPParalegal Certificate Course consisted of:

  • a 1st semester 32-hour course in U.S patent filing & prosecution
  • a 2nd semester 32-hour course in PCT filing & prosecution
  • a 3rd semester 32-hour course in foreign patent filing, and
  • a 4th semester 24-hour course in trademark filing and prosecution.

Today, with the proliferation of social and collaborative multimedia communications, the Institute's original IP Paralegal Certificate Course has been chiseled from its original 120 hours down to a leaner and meaner 94 hours ... allowing the IPParalegal Institute to meet the education needs of IP industry professionals worldwide.

From 1985's VMA Consulting to today's IPParalegal Institute ... from past to present ... the IPParalegal Institute proudly continues its nearly 30 year tradition of providing the industry's highest level of patent, trademark & copyright prosecution education to nonlawyer professionals.

Value in Education

Don't pay for information that's free.

Why pay $100's to $1,000's in course fees for brokered end-user access to the same paralegal training materials you can obtain from online source libraries ... for free?

IPParalegal Institute attendees are not end users. They are students. Students at the Institute don't pay for wordsmithed or rebranded information. They pay for practical instruction from expert educators in the IP prosecution field who teach them how to apply what they learn.

IPP Students utilize self study time for review, preview and memorization. Classroom time is reserved for educator-led understanding and application, which is reinforced with lesson-specific projects and homework assignments. Outside the classroom, whether real or virtual, their instructor is just a phone call, text or email away.

Through comprehensive understanding and practical application both in and out of the classroom, IPParalegal students have myriad opportunities to exercise advanced analysis and evaluation skills. As a result, Institute graduates take with them all the tools necessary to become empowered and marketable IP paralegals.