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Documentation of Inventions

Other than the special circumstances described in the guidelines of this section, routine documentation of inventions and ideas may take the form of design or software documentation and materials generated in the course of product R&D. Inventions and ideas can be documented using invention disclosure forms for submission to a patent manager/committee for their consideration. […]

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Maintenance Fees

Outside IP counsel is to automatically attend to the payment of all maintenance fees, unless instructed by the company not to attend to such payments. Outside IP counsel is nonetheless to provide reminders to the company regarding the payment of maintenance fees.

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Foreign Filing Decisions & Procedures

Typically at the beginning of each quarter, it’s recomended that the patent coordinator consult with the patent manager and obtain input as needed from outside IP counsel, to formulate decisions regarding: The filing of a PCT or national stage application within the 1 year deadline from the filing of any priority US applications. The filing […]

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Prosecution & Issuance Procedures

The patent coordinator typically receives all reporting letters from the outside IP counsel concerning the continued prosecution of patents and patent applications. The patent coordinator can also work with the patent manager to provide instructions to the outside IP counsel.   Next Topic: Foreign Filing Decisions & Procedures      

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File Patent Application

Unless otherwise instructed, the Outside IP Counsel can perform a patentability assessment prior to drafting an application. Where the prior art is sufficiently similar to the proposed invention so as to raise patentability questions, the Outside IP Counsel can consult with the Patent Manager regarding whether or not to proceed with the proposed patent application. […]

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Instruct Outside Patent Counsel

Instructions with respect to an invention disclosure could relate to one of the following: Preparation of a provisional patent application Preparation of a utility patent application Preparation of a defensive publication Instructions to outside IP counsel to file a provisional patent application and/or a defensive publication are simpler and the costs involved can be less […]

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Review Invention Disclosure

The patent manager can take immediate, unilateral action on disclosures that so require, identify those that should be rejected out of hand, and those that should be deferred for consideration by the patent committee. The patent committee is recomended to meet no less than on a quarterly basis to review candidate technologies. The patent manager and/or […]

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Processing Invention Disclosure

A patent coordinator can make invention disclosure forms available to inventors. The coordinator can also receive, promptly log, and retain copies of all invention disclosures. It is recomended that the logged disclosures be reported to the patent manager within two weeks of receipt. Prior to a patent committee meeting, the patent coordinator can distribute materials […]

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Invention Disclosure

If you’re properly prepared for your invention disclosure meeting with your patent attorney, the patent application drafting process should take six to eight weeks. But if you’re not prepared, the application process could stretch for months, even a year. Not only that, an inventive feature could be missed which could compromise the strength of your patent. […]

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Unauthorized Disclosure of Inventions

Product development personnel should avoid disclosure of an invention prior to filing a patent application for that invention in the US and/or a foreign jurisdiction, or before obtaining approval for such a disclosure from an authorized supervisor that fully understands the implications. Such care will help preserve a company’s ability to fully protect the invention […]

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