yourself with the search engine; and find an example patent that is unique
and compelling to your audience.
Using your example patent, illustrate the components of the patent
that the students are accountable for identifying on the patent of their
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALTERNATE STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS:
Identify a second
patent that references the first and describe the relationship.
Let the students
comment on the “validity” of a patent of their choice.
Students suggest a
statistics of countries, companies, industries, etc who are getting the
USPTO publishes a weekly gazette of patents granted that week that could be
used in then event of the Internet being inaccessible. This is not a good substitute for
the online advanced searching capability of the USPTO site and should be
used only as a last resort.