2020 Introduction to Intellectual Property

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Akiba Shigeyuki  Sugou Shigeo  Okada Shigeo 
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Course description and aims

In the strategic management of business strategy ,R&D and Intellectual property are very important factors as a trinity inorder to proceed innovation process for the realization of the abundant society full of energy.This course aims to develop promising researchers and engineers who can handle intellectual property by taking advantage of intellectual property for the one of the key factors for the corporate value creation activity. At the same time, researchers and engineers are required to think about risks of the technologie and R&D activities , so this course also covers the basic way of thinking about the risks of techonology and the ethics of researchers and engineers.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students understand the meaning and the importance of intellectual property, key points of intellectual property management and its rough image of practical process and administration.
At the same time, students understand the risks of technology, reponsibility and accountability of researchers and engineers.


Business strategy, R&D stratetgy, Innovation, Intellectual property strategy, Intellectual property system, Patent, Productive leader, Risk management, Ethics of researchers and Engineers, Social responsibility, Accountability

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

・Intensive course : 3days
  -1st class・・・May 8th(Fri) 13:30 ~ 17:30
-2nd class・・・May 15th(Fri) 13:30 ~ 17:30
-3rd class・・・May 22th(Fri) 13:30 ~ 18:00
・Lecture will be done interactive.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 〇Introduction 〇Outline of the intellectual property system(1) Outline of the intellectual property system(2) The issue to discuss at the beginning of the next class will be given by the professor.
Class 2 〇Discussion on the home assignment(1), presentation by the students and the teacher's comments 〇Corporate activities and intellectual property system 〇Key issues regarding intellectual property management during the R&D planning and R&D excution The issue to discuss at the beginning of the next class will be given by the professor.
Class 3 〇Discussion on the home assignment(2), presentation by the students and the teacher's comments 〇Intellectual properties for the productive leaders・・・by professor Sugo   〇Ethics of the researchers and engineers・・・By Professor Okada Thinking about the way of the thinkings and actions as engineers in a lot of real examples of the accidents and troubles that engineers met with The issue will be given from all clases.


Printed materials by the lecturer, Introduction of Japanese IP system、Japan Patent Office、 Introduction of intellectual propety,PDF materilas are available through Homepage of Japan Patent Office 

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Masayoshi Nakamura "Engineering Ethics and Risk Management" Ohmsha 2012, Masayoshi Nakamura"Concept and Practice of Safety Management" Ohmsha 2013

Assessment criteria and methods

・Comments on the feedback card submitted every class (70%)
・Assignment reports(30%)

Related courses

  • PLP Advanced Practice

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not particular conditioin, however above mentioned PDF textbook by Japan Patent Office is recommended to learn before the class.


・Deatails about the contents of the ledture will be changeble.
・In order to deepen understanding, discussion and small practices will be carried out.

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