Patent Research Assignment
This assignment introduces students to United States patents and to prior art searching using two free, online databases: Espacenet and Lens.org. Instructional videos are available at: http://guides.lib.campbell.edu/patents .
This assignment is designed to be scalable so that it can be implemented at an introductory level in a first-year design course, and replicated in the senior design course. To scale the assignment, modify the number of resources students are required to analyze and intensify the synthesis/analysis components.
- Students will be able to determine the patentability of their invention based on a nuanced understanding of United States utility patents and intellectual property.
- Students will be able to conduct a sophisticated prior art search using Cooperative Patent Classifications.
Information Literacy concepts:
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This assignment was scaled for a first-year Foundations of Engineering Design course. As such, students were only required to analyze 6 patent documents in detail.
The assignment was developed in collaboration with Dr. Lee Rynearson, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Campbell University.