3 Steps to Success with Patents
As David stated there are three steps to help insure your success with patents:
- Encourage Writing. This is the foundation of having innovation success. As the leader, you cannot truly evaluate and understand an invention unless the inventor can clearly convey WHAT the invention is. And they shouldn’t worry about the legalese - seriously - leave that to the patent attorneys. Your role is to encourage explanations of inventions in writing that everyone in the organization can understand.
- Support Searching. Yes, lawyers are NOT required to do a first search for similar inventions. Everyone in your organization should be doing this as basic research as they are working. Not only will it aid in determining whether or not the idea/invention has already been done - it may spark new ideas for other inventions. Would you check the weather at a travel destination before leaving on a trip? Of course you would - so you would know what to pack. The same is true with patents. Support searching for similar inventions so you have a better idea of the landscape before you invest financially as an organization.
- Identify Differences. Enable those creating the inventions to identify what truly makes the invention DIFFERENT from similar inventions. The Patent Office doesn’t care if the invention is better, faster, cheaper than anything else out there. They just want to know how the invention is DIFFERENT in its FEATURES or steps. Having those closest to the work point out differences early increases speed and decreases risk with your innovation.
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