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Course Description:

Using innovation techniques, and researching of the prior art, students write a professional patent for an original invention that would be acceptable to the USPTO. No physical prototype is required.

Students then defend the commercial viability of their invention via a cited target market analysis that is addressed to a patron who may best market their invention. They also write a test of their invention's claimed patent advantage, a user manual that includes installation, use, and troubleshooting, and identification of both an applicable industry standard and a legal regulation that would govern compliance of the manufacture or use of the marketed invention.

Thus, by shepherding a single idea through a series of researching, reading, writing, and revision assignments that are typical of the verbal tasks of a professional engineer, the student's work culminates in an entrepreneurial product that is workable and market-focused.

Open to all majors.


Writing Program Calendar

06 Mar 2024;
09:00AM -
Faculty Meeting
06 Mar 2024;
10:00AM - 11:30AM
201 Faculty Meeting
22 Mar 2024;
10:00AM -
Professional Development Workshop