June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Design in Engineering Education
22.1009.1 - 22.1009.13
The Importance and Lessons Learned of Providing Intellectual Property to Sponsoring Companies When Recruiting Capstone ProjectsSince nearly the inception of the Capstone program at Brigham Young University (BYU) in1990, it has been our practice to provide intellectual property (IP) rights to project sponsoringcompanies. This policy has helped BYU successfully recruit and complete 577 Capstoneprojects from 26 states and 12 different countries throughout the world. Providing IP rights tosponsoring companies enables BYU to identify appropriate design and build projects even intougher economic times enabling our students to be taught the design process and to help ourstudents learn the practice of engineering.This paper provides an overview of BYU’s Capstone program and its intellectual propertyhistory and policy. The paper also includes some important lessons learned in providingintellectual property to sponsors in addition to experiences gained by students working onprojects including intellectual property. In addition, recent survey findings demonstrating theimportance of providing intellectual property to sponsoring companies when recruiting Capstoneprojects are presented.
Warnick, G. M., & Todd, R. H. (2011, June), Lessons Learned from Providing Intellectual Property to Sponsoring Companies when Recruiting Capstone Projects Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18273
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