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How to Invent by the NCMR Method

John Andrew, P.E.

Course Outline

This 4 hour online course describes the inventing process from idea conception to writing a patent application and filing it online at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. An example contract for outsourcing the patent manufacturing and sales to a company is also included. It is necessary to be innovative if you work in an industrial environment.

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course the student will:

Intended Audience

The information will be especially useful to students, entrepreneurs, engineers, and innovators who need tools for any creative processes.

Benefit to Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able to think more creatively, generating improvements and innovations to products and methods more effectively.

Course Introduction

The Model-T Ford was highly successful in the early 1900’s, but could not compete in today’s market place. Almost all products and enterprises must progress along an innovation path or they will become obsolete. If the NCMR method is studied and practiced, it will enable and improve inventiveness.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to study the following course content in PDF format:

How to Invent by the NCMR Method

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you still experience any difficulty in downloading or opening this file, you may need to close some applications or reboot your computer to free up some memory.

Course Summary

Existing and new innovation paths are described. The NCMR inventing method is defined and applied to inventing new products. Existing items are improved and new items are created by combining and modifying ideas and things.

Related Links

Innovation Articles, Guides, and Newsletters at:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Home Page at
Provides links to information about all aspects pertaining to invention patents.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.