I hope this message finds you well. I am a licensed IP attorney with over a dozen years of experience. It is a pleasure to assist you today.
I bring you good news. You can enjoy national IP protection for far less expense and headache than going through a patent application process. Moreover, generally speaking, a curriculum is not an item that can be patented any.
Here is what you need to do:
- You need to trademark the name of this curriculum. This can be down without the assistance of an attorney on the Trademark Office website. They have an online filing system (TEAS) that allows you to seek trademark protection and the filing fee is approximately ($300). EX: It can cost well over $10,000 to get a patent. Before you file your trademark application, you need to perform a trademark search on the same site. It is a key word search like google. Make sure that the name is ***** ***** trademarked (which would preclude you from seeking and receiving protection). The system will walk you through the filing process. It normally take about 6-9 months for it to become registered after filing; and
- You need to copyright the curriculum itself. This is relatively easy as well. You simply register as a user on the US Copyright Office website. You have a pdf of your curriculum, and upload it to the site. You fill in your contact information and what the attachment relates to in the process. It costs less than $30 to file for copyright protection and you will normally receive your copyright within 6 months from filing.
You can do both of these yourself and save yourself some money and time.
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Best wishes going forward!