In this engaging lesson, students research the patent process and then use a patent search engine to view and analyze actual patents. Students then watch the movie "Flash of Genius" and analyze and discuss the complex issues explored in the film, such as ethics in engineering and boundaries of design. Lesson is correlated with both NETS and Standards for Technical Literacy, and includes 5 assignments, including an anticipatory set, 3 web quests, and an essay assessment. Answer keys are included for all three web quests. Lesson covers 7 45-minute periods.