ENGR 423 - Intellectual Property and Invention Systems

  • 3 credits

Focused on the appropriate application of “patterns for patenting” together with intuition, inspiration, and cross-disciplinary connecting. De-mystify “inventing” as applied to science, engineering and technology.

Important Information

Military personnel admitted to a College of Engineering online degree program may be eligible for a 15% tuition discount. Tuition discounts can only be given if you provide the appropriate discount code at the time of registration. Call (877) 491-4336 or email csu_online_registration@mail.colostate.edu to learn more. Discounts are not applicable to Denver sections. This class is available live via the Internet during the in-person course section time. If you are registered for the 801 section, log into your Canvas account to access the course; directions will be posted. You can also attend the class in person if you contact the instructor ahead of time.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • The Inventor's Complete Handbook, 1st Ed. (2018)
    James L. Cairns
    ISBN: 978-1-62023-018-3


Steven Simske

Dr. Simske is an HP Fellow and a previous Director in HP Labs. As of September 2016, he is the author of more than 400 publications and roughly 140 US patents (many more worldwide). He is an IS&T Fellow and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. Dr. Simske has been a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils since 2010, including Illicit Trade, Illicit Economy and the Future of Electronics. At HP, he directed teams in research on 3D printing, education, life sciences, sensing, authentication, packaging, imaging and manufacturing. His book “Meta-Algorithmics” addresses intelligent systems. He is currently co-authoring books on Industrial Inkjet Printing and Meta-Analytics.

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