Strategic Patentability Enhancement for a Manufacturing Leader

Introduction to Strategic Patentability Enhancement:

A manufacturing titan transformed its approach to invention evaluation for patentability by adopting a strategic, agile framework. This initiative enhanced decision-making efficacy and accelerated patent filing processes, reinforcing the company's competitive edge in the market.


The initial challenge was the overwhelming volume of ideas generated by inventors, varying widely in quality—from unfeasible to promising.

The need for a structured, uniform reporting mechanism to streamline the assessment process compounded this situation. Inventors, incentivized to report numerous inventions due to performance metrics, overwhelmed the existing evaluation system. Recognizing the need for a more efficient process, the company identified vital issues:

  1. Lack of a standardized format for invention disclosures, leading to inefficiencies in assessment.
  2. A consistent, clear format for reports to attorneys is needed to facilitate quicker, more informed decisions.
  3. Communication gaps between evaluators and attorneys hinder the clarity and efficiency of patent application decisions.


Based on these insights, the Evalueserve expert team implemented a multifaceted design strategy that allows to make Strategic Patentability Enhancement:

  1. Standardization of Invention Descriptions: A template was developed for invention disclosures, focusing on the technical challenge addressed, its significance, current industry practices and their drawbacks, and the proposed solution, complete with technical drawings. This approach streamlined understanding and assessment, reducing the need for follow-up inquiries.
  2. Optimized Report Structure: Reports to attorneys were standardized, breaking down invention descriptions into manageable components, including search strategies and results. This step facilitated easier consumption of information by attorneys and expedited decision-making.
  3. Process and Communication Protocol Development: The team established a comprehensive standard operating procedure (SOP) covering report formats, turnaround times, and communication strategies. This step ensured a seamless flow of information and reduced the potential for misunderstandings between inventors, evaluators, and attorneys.


The deployment phase focused on operational excellence and knowledge accumulation:

  1. Dedicated Team Assignment: A specialized team was assigned to ensure consistency and build expertise over time, enhancing efficiency and accuracy in patentability assessments.
  2. Knowledge Repository Creation: The team developed a repository of assessments and decisions, enabling quick reference to previous cases and reducing evaluation redundancy.
  3. Enhanced Attorney Collaboration: By significantly reducing the time attorneys needed to spend on initial assessments, the initiative allowed them to focus on higher-value tasks, such as detailed legal analyses and patent filings.

Impact of Strategic Patentability Enhancement:

The restructured process led to substantial time and cost savings, with an increase in patent filings as a direct result:

  1. Efficiency Gains: Attorneys saved approximately 300 hours per month, translating to around 3,600 hours annually per attorney, due to the streamlined assessment process.
  2. Cost Reduction: Centralizing and others associated with patent assessments and filings.
  3. Increased Patent Filings by Centralizing and Optimizing the Evaluation Processes: The efficient, accurate assessment process enabled filing a significantly higher number of patent applications, meeting the company's ambitious targets.

In conclusion, this strategic overhaul of the patentability assessment process enhanced operational efficiency and was crucial in supporting the company's innovation and market competitiveness. Through meticulous planning and execution, the initiative exemplified how tailored, efficient intellectual property management strategies can drive industry-leading innovation.

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