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Engaging First Year Students with Intellectual Property

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2020 ASEE North Central Section conference


Morgantown, West Virginia

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March 27, 2020

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March 27, 2020

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May 20, 2020

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Marian G. Armour-Gemmen West Virginia University

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Marian Armour-Gemmen has been the Patent & Trademark librarian at West Virginia University Libraries since 2003. In this capacity she assists inventors throughout the state of West Virginia. She is also the Engineering bibliographer. Previously she worked as the head of the Physical Sciences Library and as an associate in the Government Documents department. She is a past president of the Patent & Trademark Resource Center Association. She holds a M.L.I.S. from the University of South Carolina, a M.A. from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. from Calvin College.

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Since intellectual property is so important to engineers, creating enthusiasm from the beginning of their engineering studies is imperative. Since first year students have not learned how to apply technological concepts to real life, demonstrating intellectual property could be a challenge. To engage first year engineering students in the concept and the value of intellectual property, students were introduced to basic concepts and applications. Different concepts were applied to real life examples allowing them to interface with technology from an intellectual property perspective.

Armour-Gemmen, M. G. (2020, March), Engaging First Year Students with Intellectual Property Paper presented at 2020 ASEE North Central Section conference, Morgantown, West Virginia.

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