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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 6 Issue 6 (2001) pp 333-342

Introducing Intellectual Property in an Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum

Thomas J. Manning,* Leri Atwater, Anna Leigh McRae, Mike Anderson, John S. Beatty, and Mary Watson

Department of Chemistry and Grants and Contracts Office, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia 31698
Received May 19, 2001 Accepted June 18, 2001

Published online: 12 October 2001

Abstract. An exercise that introduces undergraduate chemistry majors to concepts associated with intellectual property is outlined. The assignment includes an introduction to the terminology associated with starting a company based on intellectual property and to nondisclosure agreements. After this, the students write a draft patent application. With over 150,000 United States patents issued annually, the role of intellectual property is prominent and becoming increasingly important in current corporations and in the formation of new businesses, as well as in government and academic settings.

Key Words: In the Classroom; patent; intellectual property 

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Supporting Materials:

A sample of a nondisclosure agreement (NDA), and a student's final patent application (120 KB) 10.1007/s00897010508b.

Issue date: December 7, 2001

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