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The Chemical Educator

, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp 333–342 | Cite as

Introducing Intellectual Property in an Undergraduate Chemistry Curriculum

  • Thomas J. ManningEmail author
  • Leri Atwater
  • Anna Leigh McRae
  • Mike Anderson
  • John S. Beatty
  • Mary Watson
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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.

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Manning
    • 1
    Email author
  • Leri Atwater
    • 1
  • Anna Leigh McRae
    • 1
  • Mike Anderson
    • 1
  • John S. Beatty
    • 1
  • Mary Watson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryValdosta State UniversityValdostaGeorgia
  2. 2.Grants and Contracts OfficeValdosta State UniversityValdostaGeorgia

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