Lewis, P. R. and Fitzpatrick, M. E.
(2006). Intellectual Property Topics in Open University Distance-Taught Courses.
In: Doyle, S. and Mannis, A. eds.
Proceedings of the International Conference on Innovation, Good Practice and Research in Engineering Education 2006.
UK: Higher Education Academy, pp. 507–511.
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Patents lie at the heart of engineering as a permanent and ongoing record of invention. We have taught the subject for about 5 years in both UG and PG courses, written from scratch owing to the absence of textbooks aimed specifically at engineers. Most practising engineers develop patent skills on the job rather than through conventional courses. But there is a need to present such courses as early as possible in the engineering curriculum, so that graduates have a flying start in their first employment.
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