|Dear Engineering Dean and/or Department Head: |
You are putting so much into your students.
Still, as fresh graduates in industry they will also need patent-working skills to at least navigate around existing patents.
|Fortunately, now with a single email you can steer your students to get these patent-working skills, as easily as 1-2-3:||From the Student perspective:
a) Their school curriculum will not be burdened.
b) They will learn from your email how to plan to get their patent-working skills in only 3 non-school days, by taking a self-study course that costs only about $35 for the textbook.
c) Their industry employers will appreciate that you prepared them also in this regard; patent skills may help your students catch up with any technical field, any time, which compensates for the fact that you don't have the time to teach them everything.
|1. You can start from this webpage.
2. Click here to start your email to your Juniors and Seniors. (Maybe separate emails to each class?)
3. Populate your started email with the text below, and send. That's it, you are done for this year. The text below you goes to the end of this cell:
Dear Juniors & Seniors:
As engineers in industry you will also need patent-working skills, because the new product that your employer will ask you to design is expected not only to work, but also to avoid all rival patents that have not expired yet, etc. Further, that you report for patenting any of its features that are new. So, you will need patent-working skills such as being able to search patents, parse them, understand what parts to avoid or when you are safe, knowing how to try to deal with potentially threatening patents before calling in the patent attorney, etc. Plus, patent searching will often help you catch up faster with an area that your company gets into and is new to you. Incidentally, before gambling your career on a start-up company based on a new product idea, better spend at least 30 minutes doing a simple patent search of your idea! This is because writing your own patent application will not help, if someone else has patented your idea before you. Worse, you may even find that your exact idea has been legally protected by a recent patent, in which case your prospective company may face additional challenges, or is unable to proceed. And, in all cases you may find that reading patents will accelerate your learning.
We don't have the time to teach you everything here, but we can point you in the right direction for getting your patent-working skills, and for learning how to deal with issues like the above: Take a 3-day self-study patent course on your own during the summer, where your only cost will be about $35 for the textbook from Amazon. Do the following steps:
STEP 1) YOUR CALENDAR'S INITIAL REMINDER FOR NOW:
a) Go to your personal calendar, find the Monday after Finals Week and before the summer begins, and create a new reminder for that day.
b) Label this new reminder: Plan taking patent course this Summer.
c) In this new reminder, copy my entire email.
[Then pause for now. Read the rest of this email when this new reminder pings you, on that first Monday of the summer.]
STEP 2) PLAN WHICH 3 SUMMER DAYS TO TAKE THE PATENT COURSE. When the initial reminder has pinged you on that first Monday of the summer:
a) Look at your plans for the rest of the summer, and set aside 3 workdays, either contiguous or 3 Saturdays. If you have not interviewed yet, the latest time to take the course for optimum effect is the summer before your Senior year, so you can augment your resume before interviewing and further use your new patent skills to prepare smarter for the interviewing (the course says how). For other scheduling options, see more suggestions in the webpage of the course.
b) Move your initial reminder to the first of those 3 days, and rename it: Take patent course.
c) At the same time, order the Patent Ready® book by Kavounas (about $35 from Amazon), in time to arrive before the time you planned for taking the course. All the other materials that you will need for the course are on the web.
d) Keep this email in your updated reminder, for the last step:
STEP 3) WHEN THE TIME COMES, TAKE THE COURSE. Go to the webpage of the course, at: http://www.patent-ready.com/patent-study-course.html, and follow the instructions.
(Your professor - signature block)
STUDENT'S SUMMER CALENDAR:
"The [Patent Ready®] book provided me with an efficient and clear introduction to patents. The presentation of the material is systematic ... the diagrams ... are very intuitive ..."
Senior B.S.E.E. student