An engineer's guide to product development, patents and intellectual property

Protect your inventions from competitors and learn how to make best possible use of them – for financial gain and demonstrating value to stakeholders.

Also, master some thinking techniques for generating ideas, developing patented products and finding your way around other people's patents.

On this course you will learn to:

  • protect and make best commercial use of your intellectual property
  • understand the different types of intellectual property protection, especially patents
  • plan for the future of your products and your intellectual property portfolio
  • use TRIZ – thinking tools – to generate ideas for inventions and develop patents which are difficult to circumvent.

Aligned with UK-SPEC competence:

B: Design and development of processes, systems, services and products

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Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £499

Standard £549

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Non-Member Price

Early Bird (two months in advance) £599

Standard £649

N.B. Prices subject to VAT

Who should attend?

Anyone who generates ideas (or wants to generate ideas) that could be patentable. Also managers responsible for selecting and developing projects. Delegates might include:

  • Designers
  • Inventors
  • R&D Engineers, Managers, Directors
  • Innovation Mangers
  • Product Managers

Course programme

  • What is intellectual property / patents;
  • Different kinds of intellectual property and how they are useful;
  • How to read patents;
  • Stepping through the patent application process;
  • What is TRIZ?;
  • How TRIZ can help you protect and strengthen your patents;
  • Applying the Trends of Technical Evolution to develop a patent.

“TRIZ helps me to look in more areas of the solution space, areas that I may not have considered otherwise. This increases the likelihood of generating strong patentable ideas.” Robin Kennea, Rolls-Royce

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If you would like to book 5 delegates or more on to this course you may benefit from having this course delivered in-company

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