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Florida Atlantic University: Introduction to Inventive Problem Solving in Engineering EGN5040

| On 14, Mar 1997

Professor D. Raviv, Department of Electrical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33434 USA
ravivd@acc.fau.edu

1. Description Common problem solving methods will be briefly discussed,
followed by an introduction to TRIZ (Russian acronyms for Systematic Inventive Thinking).
Introduction to Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyright ©, Trademarks ä, Trade Secret,
Unfair Competition.

2. Objectives:

  • Introduce systematic inventive thinking and problem solving (The TRIZ methodology)
  • Introduce “out of the box” thinking
  • Introduce intellectual property, in particular, patents, copyright and trademark

3. Topics:

  • Introduction

    • Paradigm shift
    • Defining the problem
    • Generating solutions – common approaches
    • Deciding the course of action
    • Implementation and Evaluation
  • The “magic and science” of inventing

    • Introduction to systematic inventive thinking (based on Altschuller’s TRIZ methodology)
    • Principles of inventive thinking

      • The problem/function
      • Understanding an existing system and its relevant components
      • Separation in time and space
      • Ideal final result (IFR)
      • Stating contradiction
      • Contradiction table 39 standard features and 40 inventive principles
      • Substance-field method
      • Levels of inventions
      • Evolution of technical systems
      • Components of technical systems
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property: Patents, Copyrights ã.

    • Trademarksâ, Trade Secret, Unfair Competition.
    • *Patents
    • What is a patent?
    • Types of patents: Utility, Design, Plant
    • Patentability (what is patentable)
    • Patentability search
    • Patent application; patent claims (types; how to understand them)
    • Disclosure Document Program (DDP)
    • Provisional Patent Application (PPA)
    • * Copyrightsã
    • What is copyright: copyright protection
    • How to copyright
    • *Trademarksâ
    • Servicemark, Trademark and Tradename
    • SM, TM and â
    • Protectible Trademarks
    • *Trade Secrets
    • What are they? Advantages and disadvantages
    • *Unfair competition
    • *Relationships between Trademarks, Trade secrets, Copyrights and Patents

In this course hands-on puzzles will be used for stimulating the students’ minds.

4. Reference Books/Notes

  • Instructor’s Notes
  • “Strategies for Creative Problem Solving”, H. S. Fogler and S. E. LeBlanc,
    Prentice Hall, 1995.
  • Introduction to TRIZ.. Ideation International, Inc.
  • Altschuller, “Creativity as an Exact Science” (Translated from Russian, out of
    print).
  • Altschuller, “The Art of Inventing” (“And Suddenly The inventor
    Appeared”).
  • D. Pressman, Patent it Yourself”, 5th Edition, NOLO Press, 1996.
  • United States Code (USC) 35
  • United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 37
  • United States Manual of Patent Examination Procedures (MPEP)

5. Prerequisite: GPA 2.8 (minimum) 6. Class Time: TBA 7. Classroom:
TBA 8. Instructor:
Dr. Daniel Raviv, Associate Professor
Electrical Engineering and Robotics Center
Office: Science and Engineering Bldg. Rm. 472
Telephone: 367-2773
Office Hours: TBA
9. Grades:
Participation: 60%
Homework and projects; 40%
No Final Exam