Guiding & Guarding for Technical Innovation


This two-day course is targeted first to help the student understand the technical innovation process and unlock the innovative powers within the attendee and, second, to ground the student in the art and science of patent protection.

What you will learn:

  • The power of dimensional thinking – the dimensionality of the innovator’s vision and the innovation
  • The innovative cycle
  • How to measure innovation and its impact
  • The different types of technical innovative activity and their most effective uses
  • Tools for enabling innovation
  • Key issues of patent protection that innovators must know and practice in order to be outstandingly effective and valuable

Course Outline:

  1. The dimensional mindset – when to be a technician and when to be a visionary.
  2. How to perform quantitative innovation – the good, the bad, the ugly.
  3. How to perform qualitative innovation – envisioning in or more than one dimension.
  4. The theory of system leverage.
  5. The “bottom line” – not a number but rather a mindset and attitude for the accomplished innovator in order to effectively link the innovative effort to the bottom line requirements.
  6. Regulation – a gift of opportunity.
  7. The criticality of clear expression.
  8. Modules for leading discussion groups back home.
  9. The utility of the concept of innovative “white space.”
  10. How to measure innovation – first looking backwards and using that perspective as insight to shaping the future.
  11. The basics of the patenting process and different ways to use it.
  12. Short reviews of spread spectrum, orbital mechanics, and cryptography as a basis for real examples in innovative history.
  13. Focusing innovation using transfer functions.
  14. Understanding innovators and bringing the innovator out of yourself.


This course is not on the current schedule of open enrollment courses. If you are interested in attending this or another course as open enrollment, please contact us at (410)956-8805 or at and indicate the course name and number of students who wish to participate. ATI typically schedules open enrollment courses with a lead time of 3-5 months. Group courses can be presented at your facility at any time. For on-site pricing, request an on-site quote.You may also call us at (410)956-8805 or email us at


  • Dr. John Hershey

    is a senior member of the technical staff at the general Electric Global Research Center. He has forty years of engineering experience in the government intelligence community, Dept. of Commerce, and private industry. He holds 116 US patents, has coauthored 2 encyclopedia entries and 7 books on system theory, LEO satellites, spread spectrum communications, and, the latest, Cryptography Demystified, in the McGraw-Hill series. He coauthored the seminal paper “White Space Patenting” that was published in Intellectual Property Today and he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to secure communications. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for several universities and as an ABET program evaluator.

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