The management of Intellectual property rights is becoming increasingly important in the 21st century knowledge society. Patents are especially important for engineering design and R&D teams. However, there is a lack of educational resources in this area. There is an increasing need to enhance the university curriculum with appropriately designed courses focusing on patent development strategies. There is therefore a need for the development of such academic courses by using publicly available resources and by focusing on cost efficiency. The focus on the balance between cost and educational efficiency is especially important within the context of the economic challenges which are drastically limiting the financial resources of all universities. In a previous contribution presented at the ICEIRD 2012 conference we have discussed our finding that technology entrepreneurs in general are interested in more education on the patent system . In this paper we will examine the current literature addressing the subject of teaching patent development to engineering students and entrepreneurs. The review will primarily focus on literature that supports the teaching of patents to engineering students. With the advancement of the internet a number of patent offices are offering online tools that can be utilized in the teaching of the patent system, we will provide a review and analysis of these tools resulting in a suggestion for a patent course syllabus corresponding to an average student workload of 5 ECTS.
|Status||Udgivet - 2013|