Start Date

Evergreen: 19th Sept 2023



protecting your idea

In this course, we look at ways to protect your ideas. We explore what kind of Intellectual Property (IP) your concept represents, then we look at the options your business has for protecting the concept. By the end of the course, you will walk away with a working knowledge of IP and protection strategy which you will be able to build a business around.

Course Duration

Self-Study (6 Month Access)




30 Hours

The Accreditations

The Accreditations

The Course pathway is one of only a few programs run by academics, for industry, outside of higher-education. We provide a practical approach to helping you equip your workforce with skills needed to sustain in industry. Moreover, all AEE courses are accredited by CPD -ensuring credibility and confidence, and providing a trusted space both for personal development and practical, impactful training.

The Core Value

The basis of intellectual property, types of IP, essentials of IP law, IP ownership and public disclosure. –

The Protecting Your Idea Course

IP can be one of the most important parts of any business strategy. The three biggest IP mistakes small businesses make, in no particular order, are failing to adequately protect their IP, failing to avoid infringing the IP of other companies, and failing to seek the advice of an IP lawyer. These can be costly mistakes, yet many small businesses don’t even know they are making them. There are many ways a company can leave its IP exposed, ranging from not using nondisclosure agreements when working with outside parties to allowing trade secrets to leak. Let’s not leave your small business unprotected – we know that this can lead to nasty surprises.

The Ideal Student

This pathway course is aimed at individuals and business who need a detailed grounding in the relevant, up-to-date intellectual property rights for their businesses. Whether you are looking to protect your, idea or find out any others like there in the world, this course will give you a basic understanding of intellectual property. What IP is right for you? How to test those ideas without giving too much away? As a small business owner it is essential to ensure you are protected for all eventualities.

ECA Outline

Key Outcomes

What You’ll Get

What Makes This Different

At AEE, we are focused on maximising the tangible benefits that our comprehensive programs and courses provide. We will help you to leverage the skills and strategies gained from your course to grow a sustainable, profitable business. Upon completion of the course, you’ll walk away with:

Course Curriculum Pathway Breakdown

Topic 1: The Basis of IP

Topic 2: IP Demystified

Topic 3: IP Law

Topic 4: Ownership of IP

Topic 5: IP Strategy


Our Clients

Beyza is not only a former distinction student of mine, but she has delivered a number of impactful IP sessions for students in many of my higher-education programs. She is a consummate professional and provides real insights with real impact.
Dr Julie McFarlane
AEE Founder

Programme Director

The IP course was designed to help small businesses who need a detailed grounding in the relevant, up-to-date intellectual property rights for their businesses.. AEE is focused on developing high quality education programs in enterprise, one that bridges the gap to provide small business with practical and impactful training. .

Beyza Baran, MSc.

IP Specialist

Industry Contributor, Academy of Enterprise Education

Course Enquiry

Course Enquiry

To enquire about Understanding IP please fill out the form and one of
our course advisors will be in contact.

The Accreditations

Getting Certified

Students completing the 30-hour Course pathways, which include all taught content as well as assessment will meet the requisite training hours necessary to be awarded CPD Certification.

More Questions

The Academy of Enterprise Education (AEE) is an online enterprise re-education provider developing high-quality, fully accredited programs benefitting from the research experience of world-class academic staff from some of the world’s leading universities. AEE aims to be the bridge between theory and practice by providing, promoting, and supporting enterprise education for clients and students from across the world. Through a market-driven approach, we analyse future skills gaps in the small business sector so that all our accredited/certified academies, schools, and courses address this need. Our longstanding academic expertise in the design, development, and delivery of high quality education programs, along with insightful market research, data analysis, and cutting-edge industry insights, ensures that AEE provides highly relevant pathways optimized to fit individual needs. At AEE, we use the same materials as those taught in many of the world’s leading institutions, academically tried and tested approaches that add value in the coaching context. Only our team of have collated them to make the journey even more practical for you. That’s why we’re different – all our experts have worked in academia and industry, and are fully qualified to offer our insights, support, and expertise to help you get the best out of the learning journey. AEE offers working professionals the skills, knowledge and strategies they need to re-educate themselves in a number of different ways. All our academies, schools and courses are certified by globally recognized bodies – ensuring credibility and confidence, and providing a trusted space both for personal development and practical, impactful training. AEE aims to provide a fast-track route to a new career, business or skill set.

AEE fees can be paid before prior to the commencement of the selected pathway, or you may opt for a three-part payment plan for courses 12 weeks and longer. To find out more about payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page, or contact us, to find out which option you qualify for. In addition, AEE is also pleased to offer a 20% discount on all pathways to former NHS workers, public servants, military or police. For more information, contact us

AEE is designed to fit around your life as a working professional, add to your knowledge, improve your skills and provide you with strategies without compromising on your work-life balance. Each of the pathways offers three varied and flexible learning options. The materials are all online and downloadable, course work is broken up into manageable bite-sized modules, with practical exercises and incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace the learning journey to suit your needs. With our expert guidance on how to master these techniques, drawn from a rich combination of specialist fields, you will have the ability to craft a role in the coaching industry that both fits your needs, and your lifestyle. Each pathway has a detailed student handbook to guide you through the learning journey and you will have access to your student advisor who will support you with any administrative or technical queries you might have.

It is critical to business success that employees continually look for ways to improve their skill set and industry knowledge. In fact, a number of organisations encourage it, often funding professional development programs in the hope of the impacts it generates. So it may be worthwhile reaching out to ask what policies are in place for this, if it’s going to have an impact on the way you do business and you can outline this, what have you got to loose? Worse case scenario, your boss realises you are looking to develop. Make sure you; 1. Do your research on training programs 2. Identify the BEST fit for you and the business 3. Highlight the cost-benefit of the program 4. Articulate the value of this program and the impact it will have on the business to your boss. Here is a guide to show you how to request financial assistance from your employer.
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As part of our commitment to your professional development, AEE offer a 14 day period to change your pathway, start date or request your money back.
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The AEE Platform will be your Virtual Campus for the duration of your time with us. Through its user-friendly interface you’ll have access to all pathway materials from: in-person sessions (not for Course Pathway), video presentations, module notes, workbooks, toolkits practice quizzes, assignment briefs, and additional reading materials. On the Virtual Campus, you’ll be able to interact with your peers, ask questions as well as track your progress.