LIBR 220-01
LIBR 220-10
Resources and Information Services in the Disciplines and Professions
Topic: Patents and Intellectual Property Searching on the Internet
Fall 2009 Greensheet

Other contact information:(512-495-4505)
Office location: (Austin, Texas )
Office Hours: (M-F 9-4 CST)

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Textbooks and Readings
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ANGEL information: This class does not use ANGEL.  You will be sent the class URL and password via MY.SJSU.

Course Description

This course covers intellectual property searching in all types of libraries and information centers.  Special emphasis will be given to U.S. patent and trademark information, publications and databases, their organization, use in libraries, and methods of searching.  International patents and trademarks will be covered, particularly as they relate to U.S. intellectual property.  This course requires no special knowledge of legal issues or previous experience with intellectual property.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 210 required.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes


  1. Recognize and understand the differences between the various types of intellectual property and be able to demonstrate how this impacts on information retrieval.
  2. Recognize the various information resources available for each type of intellectual property.
  3. Demonstrate how to work through various IP questions and thereby-learn by doing.
  4. Demonstrate mastery of the important tools through answering questions.
  5. Understand some of the economic and access issues associated with intellectual property.

LIBR 220 supports the following MLIS Core Competencies:

  • Use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • Understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  • Use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors;
  • understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings;
  • retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;

Course Requirements

This course consists of 14 assignments, 1 quiz and 1 final.  All work is individual.  (There is no paper associated with this class. )

Course Calendar
The course calendar is the first page of the class website.  This calendar provides the dates assignments are due and crosses the assignments to the lectures that cover each assignment.

Course Grading
Percentage weight assigned to class assignments:

Assignments 70%
Quiz 15%
Final 15%

Late Assignments
Assignments are no later than the dates indicated in the class calendar unless there are extraordinary circumstances. These must be approved in advance by the professor. Since most of the grade for this class depends on the satisfactory completion of assignments it is important to complete work on time.

Textbooks and Readings

All readings, lectures, and assignments are integrated into the class website.

No Textbooks For This Course

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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