Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Design for Patentability

ME 49700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Introducing advanced topics of patent law including restriction practice, pre-appeal briefs, full appeal briefs, patentability reports, novelty, obviousness, and patentable subject matter.  Discussing how to transform non-patentable inventions into patentable invention.  Creating patentable projects.  Preparing and filing patent applications.



To teach students advanced tools required for designing and developing engineering solutions using intellectual property as a starting point to achieve their goals faster, in a more innovative fashion, and
to avoid infringement of existing patents.

After completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Prepare responses to novelty rejections with or without inherency assertions.
  • Prepare responses to obviousness rejections
  • Prepare pre-appeal brief and a request for review for single-item appeals
  • Prepare full appeal brief
  • Prepare responses for after final pilot program 2.0
  • Prepare responses for complex restriction requirements
  • Prepare responses to subject matter eligibility rejections
  • Learn how to use knowledge of prior art to transform an idea that is not eligible for patent protection to something that is
  • Learn how to write patent applications with a strategy toward prosecution
  • Prepare patent applications and file the same with the patent and trademark office
  • Intellectual Property in general
  • Patent Application Requirements
  • Searching prior art
  • Assigning and reviewing patents to each group
  • Designing improvements over the assigned patent
  • Preparing patent application for the improvement
  • Learning how to file a patent application
  • Patent examination procedures