Invention Development and its Importance
Once a company has educated its inventors, the next step is to develop inventions. Lumenci excels at several approaches proven to deliver robust invention disclosures.
Innovation results from the everyday work of creative companies. However, turning innovation into invention requires time and invention skills. (And even that assumes the innovations have been recognized. We discuss invention development below.)
How to best utilize time is a simple calculation: how does your company maximize the return on your employees' time? In many cases, it is better to have your innovators continue to innovate and engage a partner to perform the chores involved in turning an idea into a patentable invention.
Besides, experienced inventors can turn innovations into inventions much more time-efficiently, and often with higher quality, avoiding the pitfalls new inventors often encounter.
Lumenci offers our partners both time and skill: we work with your innovators to identify essential inventions and then use our invention skill to quickly create invention disclosure, all with minimal impact on your employees' time. And in the case where our team improves your inventions, all inventions are assigned to you, our client.
The key to invention mining is the premise that inventions exist within your innovations and must merely be identified.
We assign an experienced invention expert to work with innovators to identify and document the inventions that they find.
In some cases, a company has expertise in a technology area, but no current product or product plans, yet it still wants to expand its patent portfolio in those specific technology areas.
Lumenci works with your innovators to help them develop inventions in identified strategic areas.
Often, great inventions come not from existing or planned products, and not even from anticipated areas of interest, but rather from the creative minds of innovative people.
We work with your technologists to identify fruitful invention areas, vet the ideas with your technical leadership, and perform preliminary searches. We then review the results with your management team, which decides whether to proceed with the patent process.
Invention Disclosure Preparation
Once an invention has been identified, the next step is preparing an invention disclosure. The primary step in disclosing an invention is preparing a detailed description of your innovation to support a patentability search. After the search, a patent professional can use the same disclosure to file your patent applications. The document is termed as an invention disclosure.
Lumenci prepares a report on your invention suitable for our clients' business review and a proper prior art search. It covers both the technical issue address and your solution, focusing on your invention's novel aspects.
Prior Art Search
A prior art search helps determine both the technical and legal aspects of an invention's patentability by searching publicly available information to identify related art. Missing any prior art could lead to the rejection of the patent application or the granted patent's termination at a later stage.
Our expert searchers perform a thorough search and prepare a comprehensive report on the findings by focusing on searching the relevant patent databases and scientific databases. Lumenci follows a detailed process of searching Google, Google Patents, patent application database of Canada (CIPO), the US (USPTO), Europe (EPO), WIPO (Patentscope), or other relevant technical and field-specific publications and databases.
Lumenci's experts have led scores of invention identification sessions and produced hundreds of invention disclosures. Our process is repeatable and leads to high-quality results.