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A template is a file that serves as a starting point for a new document. When one opens a template, it is pre-formatted in some way to guide the user.
One simple yet effective way to build a level of discipline into the invention capture process is to define a standard template for inventive ideas and insist it is taken into use. It is worth defining the inventive ideas template with carefully considered fields and guidance tips, which meet the needs of your invention capture process. This will help the inventor community understand what is expected of them. It also ensures inventive ideas are captured in a consistent manner.
If the idea is of potential value and is patentable, then the inventor should complete such an inventive ideas template. Completing the template should be considered as the first step in the patent creation process but it does not constitute the filing of the patent application.
The template should be completed for each discovery or inventive idea that has some potential commercial value or represents a breakthrough in technology. (more…)