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Legislation and Standards Applied to Design

Code 12726
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 5
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Design Industrial
Entry requirements Do not exist
Mode of delivery Theoretical/practical lessons.
Work placements Not applicable.
Learning outcomes 1. Be able to research legislation and standards that safeguard a product that enters the market;
2. Know the essential steps of the patent registration process;
3. To become aware of the strategic importance of intellectual property registration,
and of the company's product to safeguard the industrial competitiveness in the national, European and global market.
4. Recognize the importance and applicability of standards and legislation regarding the safety, performance and human suitability of designers' production.
5. Design products which comply with the normal standards of either the use of materials in the manufacture of products or the use of design products by the consumer.
Syllabus - Legislation relating to the product: its origins and scope.
- Standardization: entities that issue standards applicable to the product.
- Main legal requirements and standards regarding the safety, performance and human suitability of machines and consumer products.
- Overview of the main National and European legal requirements and the types of standards that a new product launched in the market must respect.
- Entities certifying the suitability of the product to legal and voluntary requirements.
- The National and European procedure for the registration of patents.
- Consumer guidelines and instruction manuals.
- The management of intellectual property at the level of industrial enterprises and its impact on competitiveness, the product life cycle and the management of innovation.
Main Bibliography - Merges, R.P., Menell, P.S., Lemley, M.A. (2003). Intellectual Property Rights in the New Technological Age. Baltimore: Aspen Publishers.
- Karwowski, W. (2005). Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics Guidelines and Standards.
New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers.
- Stanton, N. (1998). Human Factors in Consumer Products. London: Taylor & Francis.
- (European Patent Office)
- (European Union Legislation)
- (International Standards Organisation)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-07-05

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