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Since intellectual property is so important to engineers, creating enthusiasm from the beginning of their engineering studies is imperative. Since first year students have not learned how to apply technological concepts to real life, demonstrating intellectual property could be a challenge. To engage first year engineering students in the concept and the value of intellectual property, students were introduced to basic concepts and applications. Different concepts were applied to real life examples allowing them to interface with technology from an intellectual property perspective. This paper highlights not only patents, but also trademarks and trade secrets.

Source Citation

Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2020, March), Engaging First Year Students with Intellectual Property Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia. © 2020 American Society for Engineering Education



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