Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

IP Rights for Engineers

ME 49700 / 3 Cr. (3 Class)

Introducing transactional IP concepts including licensing considerations for patents, trademarks, and copyrights, valuating IP including strength of patents and patent applications and trademarks, understanding role of open source in IP, and supporting litigation effort.  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 a simple license for patents
  • Prepare a simple license for copyrights
  • Prepare a franchise agreement
  • Prepare a valuation report for patents and patent applications
  • Prepare a report on open source impact for existing and future IP
  • Provide support to litigation efforts in a large corporation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Licensing concepts
  • Valuation concepts
  • Open source issues
  • Litigation support