To protect your intellectual property, best practices are necessary through all stages of research and development. Within any organization, it is important to make sure basic guidelines are followed. Scientists and inventors within an organization should be aware of these best practices to ensure that intellectual property rights are preserved. Below, a few key issues are explored. These issues may affect your organization’s intellectual property rights even before an invention is identified for patenting.
Invention Disclosure - Members within the organization should understand what constitutes a patentable invention. There should be a process in place for the submission of potential inventions early on. This way, steps can be made to ensure that your intellectual property rights are not compromised by events such as sales, marketing efforts or disclosures to third parties.
Confidentiality - Members of the organization should be aware of how to handle confidential information. Furthermore, members should understand what constitutes a public disclosure of an invention, as well as the implications that public disclosure may have on intellectual property rights. When appropriate, non-disclosure agreements should be used to maintain confidentiality. When public disclosures are made, it is important to keep track of the dates of such disclosures so that any patent filings can be made in a timely manner.
Outside IP counsel
can evaluate your organization’s practices to determine if your practices can be improved to preserve your intellectual property rights. If you are looking for outside patent counsel in the Los Angeles area, please feel free to contact us.