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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Innovation Process, Patent Strategy - Organizational Framework

{In December 2002 I wrote a report on Patent strategy and Innovation process}

The contents are below. If you need the whole report for free send me and email at navneetbhushan@gmail.com



INNOVATION PROCESS AND PATENT STRATEGY – AN ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INTRODUCTION

2. INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL OF AN ORGANIZATION

3. PATENTS, COPYRIGHTS AND INTELLECTUAL CAPITAL

4. SOFTWARE AND PATENTS

5. HOW OTHERS DO IT

6. THE SPOT APPROACH FOR GENERATING IP

7. PATENT STRATEGY

8. GENERATING PATENTS AND INNOVATION PROCESS

9. ORGANIZATION FOR CREATING PATENTS

10. CAN TECHNOLOGY HELP IN CREATING PATENTS

11. ACTION PLAN

REFERENCES



EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The shift to Knowledge based economy requires a comprehensive, well-planned and well-established structure and process within the enterprise to mange the Intellectual Capital (IC) of the enterprise. Patents are an important form of Intellectual Capital of the enterprise.

With the grant of Software Patents and Business Method Patents by US PTO, the issue of software patents has assumed greater importance. Although there are controversies regarding whether software per se should be allowed to be patented, however, this can not be ignored by companies existing in a competitive world. The competitive advantage that can be obtained and protected can become the major factor in long-term sustainability of business.

Carrying out a survey of various processes and structures existing in various companies, it is evident that a Central IP and Patent Generation Cell should be created in the enterprise. The responsibility of this cell includes

Articulating and aligning Patent Strategy with Business Strategy

Articulating and rolling out the innovation process

Creating a Search Wing for existing patents in major technology areas

Providing assistance and resources to flesh out initial ideas

Creating collaboration channels with academic institutes and universities

Conducting Idea Generation Workshops and Brain Storming Sessions for creating innovation

Evaluating and deploying technological solutions and systems to create org wide innovation generating infrastructure

Conducting Workshops for innovation hunters in the Practice Units

The results expected from this initiative are summarized as

Creation of IP in the form of Business Method Patents and Software Patents

Protection of these Patents

Branding The Enterprise as an IP Leader in the Consultancy & Services Industry

Leveraging The Enterprise Patents to generate revenues for the company.

The immediate Action Plan proposed is

Detailed Patent Strategy Document to be prepared

Organization steps towards creating a Patent Cell and creating Innovation Hunters

Articulation of process of innovation

Our Innovation Potential in Technology Areas where we operate

Search for existing Patents in those areas

Choice and fleshing out the initial innovation

IP generating Technology Adoption strategy and framework to be developed

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