Knowledge based Engineering and Intellectual Property Protection

S. Kleiner (Germany)


Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE), Knowledge Sharing, Intellectual Property Protection (IPP), Knowledge Management, Concurrent Engineering, Technologies and Tools for Collaboration


Successful products are characterized by frequent product innovations, short development lead time and short time to-market. The handling of know-how, best-practice and lessons-learned (intellectual property, IP) during product development and optimized engineering design processes are key elements. Hence, Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE), Knowledge Enabled Engineering (KEE) and Knowledge Sharing within product development are natural and logical consequences of computer based design methods and technologies. Frontloading of engineering knowledge enables verified decisions and offers an enhanced description of product models for product lifecycle issues. Today’s Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems offer workbenches and functionalities for KBE and allow automated product modeling based on intellectual property. But what happens to the intellectual property when this knowledge embedded CAD models are exchanged with development partners or when CAD data is accessed by users without authorization (e.g. competitors)? This question implies that there is a need for Intellectual Property Protection (IPP) of native CAD Data. This paper describes the state of the art of KBE and points out the requirements concerning Knowledge Sharing and Intellectual Property Protection. The presentation of IPpro highlights an application that meets the mentioned requirements and closes the gap between KBE and IPP.

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