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

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

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
  • Altschuller, “The Art of Inventing” (“And Suddenly The inventor
  • 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