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Mechanical design yields knowledge, devices, drawings, and products that collectively form intellectual property. Each of these are protected by various legal traditions. Knowledge and techniques that have commercial value are protected as trade secrets. Devices and processes are protected by patents, while drawings and other published material are protected by copyrights. Product names and symbols are protected as trademarks.

Intellectual Property: This presentation is an overview of the various forms of intellectual property from the point of view of an engineering manager. Select here for the .ppt version.

Patents for Engineers: This presentation is a detailed look at patents and infringement. It is intended to help design engineers understand what can be patented, and why one would choose to pursue a patent. Select here for the .ppt version.