The United States Patent System: An Essential Role in Engineering Design Education

TitleThe United States Patent System: An Essential Role in Engineering Design Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsJr, CAGarris
JournalJournal of Engineering Education
Date Published2001
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10694730
KeywordsENGINEERING , Higher , Intellectual , PATENTS , United
AbstractThe patent system has long been a neglected tool in the education of American engineers. Four propositions are presented which support the notion that an understanding of patents should be an integral part of the education of every engineer who practices in the United States. The essay lays a philosophical and historical foundation explaining the role of the patent system in a competitive free-market society, and how it influences the behavior of those who seek to innovate, and discusses an upper-level design course offered at The George Washington University, which provides a foundation for understanding the role of patents in American industry.  This essay concludes with a discussion of why the role of patents in engineering education should increase in the twenty-first century. 
NotesGARRIS JR., CHARLES A. 1; Email Address:; Affiliation: 1: Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University; Source Info: 4/ 1/2001, Vol. 90 Issue 2, p239; Subject Term: PATENTS -- United States; Subject Term: ENGINEERING design; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: HIGHER education; Subject Term: INTELLECTUAL property; Subject Term: UNITED States; NAICS/Industry Codes: 541330 Engineering Services; Number of Pages: 8p; Illustrations: 1 Graph; Document Type: Article