Engineering and Applied Sciences >> Information Science

For Course Instructors

  • Advertise your course for free
  • Feature your course listing
  • Create course discussion group
  • Link to your course page
  • Increase student enrollment

More Info...>>

Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 6.931 (Spring 2008) 
  • Course Title:
  • Development of Inventions and Creative Ideas 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Robert Rines
    Dr. Dedric Carter 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 6.931 Development of Inventions and Creative Ideas

    Spring 2008

    Course Highlights

    6.931 Development of Inventions and Creative Ideas

    Spring 2008

    Drawing of an electric lamp and filament from Thomas Edison's U.S. patent, January 27, 1880.
    Drawing of Thomas Edison's electric lamp patented on January 27, 1880. (Image courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.)

    Course Description

    This course examines the role of the engineer as patent expert and as technical witness in court and patent interference and related proceedings. It discusses the rights and obligations of engineers in connection with educational institutions, government, and large and small businesses. It compares various manners of transplanting inventions into business operations, including development of New England and other U.S. electronics and biotechnology industries and their different types of institutions. The course also considers American systems of incentive to creativity apart from the patent laws in the atomic energy and space fields.


    The instructors would like to thank Joanne Rines and Elijah Ercolino for their efforts in preparing this course.


This course content is a redistribution of MIT Open Courses. Access to the course materials is free to all users.

© 2009-2020, All Rights Reserved.
Higher Ed Space ® is a registered trademark of AmeriCareers LLC.