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Education & Training

As a university institute, one of our fundamental purposes is education and training. Through programs offered directly at the University of North Alabama and through programs offered live and on-line as described below, our Institute's goal is to be at the forefront in assisting individuals and companies to conduct international trade successfully. Our particular focus is conducting international trade in technology, intellectual property, and the products and services associated with each of these.

We offer live and web-based courses. Some of these courses are complimentary, while others may be purchased. Below please find a list of courses currently offered:

Why International Trade Matters to Your Business 


This course provides an overview of the international marketplace and the profitable opportunities that are available through international trade. It includes a short history of international trade and shows how trends in the international trading system - both commercial and regulatory - impact commercial opportunities today. It also includes a review of the legal systems that underpin the international trading system, a summary of the key practical business considerations involved when conducting international trade, strategies and tactics for risk mitigation and profit taking in international trade, and asset building through international trade. This is a valuable course for anyone seeking to understand and/or conduct international trade.


Selecting the International Market Best Suited To Your Business
This course provides an overview of the criteria for selecting international markets for products, services, and global expansion. It includes a summary of the means by which comparative advantage and different stages of economic development can be exploited in trade, as well as provides strategies and tactics that are applicable to market selection. It also includes a comparative review of legal systems, resources for locating up-to-date data for the selection process, and risk analysis of the commercial, legal, regulatory, political, financial, and economic criteria examined for market selection. This is a valuable course for any businessperson who is seeking to make an informed and strategic move into a new, international market with a product or service.


Methods of Conducting International Trade and International Business Expansion
This course teaches the different methods used to conduct international trade from both a legal and commercial standpoint, the underlying legal forms that can be used for such business, and shows students how to create and implement a strategic plan for conducting international business in a commercial operation. It also provides an analysis of the legal system, which is applicable to the strategic planning management process for international trade domestically and internationally. It includes strategies and tactics to utilize such systems offensively and defensively in international business, detailed checklists to be utilized in the planning process for each student’s particular business, and addresses financial, legal, administrative, marketing, distribution, sourcing, and information management. This is a valuable course for any businessperson, entrepreneur, executive, financial officer, or in-house legal officer who is seeking to understand, commercially manage and/or commercially exploit international trade and business.


How Intellectual Property Affects The Global Economy
This course provides a summary of the international impact of intellectual property on the global economy and highlights the impact intellectual property has in commerce regarding the development of the international legal system for trade in intangible assets. It also includes a summary of the legal system for intellectual property recognition, protection, and enforcement, a summary of the history of global intellectual property trade, a review of how it will continue to impact trade on a growing basis, a review of important treaties and ongoing diplomatic activity in the international intellectual property field, and tactics and strategies – both from a legal and commercial perspective - for conducting global trade in intellectual property. It also provides a checklist-based review of the critical issues and steps to consider in pursuing such global trade. This is a valuable course for any person conducting or considering conducting global trade that involves intellectual property.


Joint Ventures: A Strategic Path To Global Expansion


This course provides a summary of the methods and procedures necessary to conduct successful international joint ventures. It includes a summary of the different legal basis and forms for conducting international joint ventures, case studies outlining their application in different commercial scenarios, and a review of the key terms in any joint venture relationship. It also includes strategies and tactics for entering into, operating, and exiting from international joint ventures. This is a valuable course for any businessperson that is seeking to legally affiliate with another entity on an international level to obtain a commercial objective.


Establishing a Foreign Operation: Strategies and Procedures
This course provides a summary of the commercial and legal system involved in the establishment of a foreign business operation, and a summary of the different forms of business operations that can be utilized to facilitate global expansion. It includes an explanation of the barriers to entry into foreign markets, the methods used to address such barriers in a practical and legal manner, risk management in the establishment of foreign operations, and information regarding how to select appropriate markets for establishing a foreign operation. It also includes tactics and strategies (from a legal and commercial perspective) for conducting global trade through the establishment of a foreign operation, a short summary of tax, customs, labor, visa, and local country regulatory and customary issues, and a checklist-based review of the critical issues and steps to consider in pursuing such global trade. This is a valuable course for anyone conducting or considering conducting global trade that involves the establishment of a foreign operation.


How To Identify and Legally Capture Intellectual Property Assets


This course provides a summary of the techniques and processes applicable to the identification and legal protection of intellectual property. It includes a summary of the legal system for each form of intellectual property, and an explanation of how legal and business strategies can be utilized in conjunction with these techniques and processes to obtain commercial objectives. This is a valuable course for business executives and entrepreneurs that are interested in building intellectual property assets and implementing risk minimization techniques.


How to Commercialize and Monetize Intellectual Property
This course provides a summary of the alternative means for the commercial exploitation of intellectual property. It teaches how these alternative business models can be applied strategically to achieve your business objectives, and the monetization of licensing, distribution, and sales strategies. It is a valuable product for business people and entrepreneurs in businesses where intellectual property can provide a platform for business success.



Intellectual Property in Your Business: Defense, Offence, Tactics and Strategies
This course provides a summary of defensive and offensive techniques to help you successfully utilize intellectual property to advance your business interests. It includes a description of the legal and regulatory systems     regarding the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as information regarding the importance of positioning commercial and practical intellectual property rights before legal issues arise. It teaches how to assert intellectual property rights within a business framework, as opposed to solely using a legal framework to achieve strategic business objectives. This course is a valuable product for business people that are in highly competitive or innovative industries.


Intellectual Property: Domestic and International Licensing
This course provides a summary of the forms of domestic and international intellectual property licensing. It includes techniques and strategies to help you successfully utilize licensing to obtain commercial objectives in a business (with a particular focus on growth in cash flow), as well as a description of the international legal system for intellectual property as is applicable for conducting international licensing and franchising. This is a valuable course for professionals and business people that are interested in understanding and exploiting the global legal and business systems available for licensing in intellectual property.


How To Create and Implement A Strategic Plan For Intellectual Property In Your Business


This course teaches how to create and implement a strategic plan for intellectual property in your business. It contains an analysis of the legal system that is applicable to the strategic planning management process, both domestically and internationally. It includes strategies and tactics to utilize such a system offensively and defensively in business, detailed checklists that can be utilized in the planning process for each student’s particular business, and it and addresses financial, legal, administrative, marketing, engineering, innovation, and information management. This is a valuable course for any businessperson, entrepreneur, executive, financial officer, or in-house legal officer that is seeking to understand and best manage and commercially benefit from intellectual property domestically and internationally.


International Trade In Intellectual Property
This course provides a summary of the international legal system for intellectual property recognition, protection, and enforcement. It includes a short summary of the history of global intellectual property trade, and a     review of important treaties that grant legal rights for the same. It also includes tactics and strategies, both from a legal and commercial perspective, for conducting global trade in intellectual property, as well as a checklist-based review of the critical issues and steps to consider in pursuing such global trade. This is a valuable course for anyone that is conducting or considering conducting global trade involving intellectual property.

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