Tasks for a Company Patent Committee

Posted by Frederic Douglas | Oct 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Tasks for a Company Patent Committee

By Frederic M. Douglas

© 2012, Frederic M. Douglas, All Rights Reserved.

Frederic M. Douglas is a solo practitioner specializing in litigation involving intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and more).

Businesses of all sizes should consider organizing a patent committee. Such a committee helps to jointly makes decisions about the company's patent applications and issued patents. Also, participation in the patent committee can serve to educate participants regarding patents in general.

(A)   Invention Disclosure Forms

The company's patent committee may choose to review invention disclosure forms to decide whether an invention should be scheduled for a patentability search and/or a patent application.

(B)   Prioritize Inventions

The patent committee may set and implement company policy on which inventions should receive the most attention and resources.

(C)   Keeping an eye on the competition

The patent committee can adjust patenting decisions to account for meeting competitor activities. Claims may be shifted and continuations may be undertaken to enhance the company's competitive position.

(D)   Encourage Patenting

Exposure to the company's patent committee can naturally encourage employees to participate more completely in applying for patent applications and furthering the company's patenting activities.

(E)   Patents 101

Company personnel will become educated as to patent I concerns, such as patentability criteria, trade secret alternatives to patenting, prior art concerns, competitor patent publications, and other aspects.

About the Author

Frederic Douglas

Frederic M. Douglas is an attorney practicing IP litigation. (949) 293-0442 @PhredDouglas In 1996, Mr. Douglas graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. In 1999, he received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of...


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