Title: Intellectual property education - thinking outside the box meets colouring within the lines

Authors: Tania Humphries-Smith; Angela Adrian

Addresses: Technology and Design, School of Design, Engineering and Computing, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, Dorset, BH12 5BB, UK. ' School of Law & Justice, Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales 2480, Australia

Abstract: A basic understanding of intellectual property (IP) is essential for practice as a professional engineer and/or designer to ensure commercial success. Engaging students in a 'real-life' scenario or problem is one of the most effective methods of doing this. As they must first understand the problem, then seek knowledge to solve the problem, which ensures they develop their skills along the way. This paper concerns how intellectual property rights education is addressed in the higher education of both lawyers and designers/engineers. It is written jointly, from the perspective of both design/engineering and law education and focuses on the pedagogical issues that are different or shared.

Keywords: intellectual property; student centred learning; collaborative learning; product design; law education; design education; legal education; professionals; engineers; designers; commercial success; problem solving; comprehension; knowledge acquisition; skills development; property rights; higher education; universities; lawyers; pedagogical issues; pedagogy; different issues; shared issues; final year students; Bournemouth University; UK; United Kingdom; LLB; bachelor of laws; law degrees; intellectual capital.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2012.047292

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2012 Vol.9 No.3, pp.337 - 350

Published online: 04 Sep 2014 *

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