Patent Search: Determine how prior art is similar or different?
Patent filing requires “money”. Patents have filing fees, professional fees and maintenance fees over the life of the patent and a large amount of money is required for the defence of the patent. A Patent search is carried out inorder to ascertain that the patent generates enough financial gains to justify the cost associated with its filing and the time and expense of moving forward with a patent application is a worthwhile.
For inventors, searching prior-art in the form of patents filed and granted should be the first step in the patent application process. Patent search gives an opportunity to discover which aspects of your invention can be claimed and high quality patent searches can help inventors anticipate about the scope of any patent claim. Without a patent search an inventor will describe the various aspects of an invention as if they are equally important which won’t be the case.
A patent is lot more than just a document. Careful assessment of patents found in the search report is tedious but the inventors who really take the time to read the key patents found in the search know its importance in contributing to the decision about whether to move forward with the patent application and then ultimately to meaningfully contribute to the preparation of a patent application.
Unfortunately, a lot of inventors only give a hasty and not thorough review of the patents found, thereby missing a great opportunity to use the prior art found to figure out what is most likely unique and patentable. Inventors perhaps look at the titles, the pictures, maybe read the Abstract and get overwhelmed.
For this reason inventors frequently choose to hire a patent professional or patent attorney for carrying out patent search. The inventor has the detailed knowledge of the invention, and is in the best position to identify the similarity and differences of the invention with respect to the prior art and the patent professional is in the best position to determine whether those differences will likely contribute to patentability through a collaborative approach.
A detailed compiled disclosure of the invention forms the foundation of a strong patent application. Determining how the prior art is similar and how it is different is essential to being able to gather great detail of information that can be put together while writing a patent application and invariably leads to a far more detailed written description of the invention.
Many a times inventors carry out a patent search themselves before filing a patent application and during the patent examination an exact invention already patented is found. But this is why you do the search!!!!
Thus, It is better to spend a modest amount of money on patent search before filing a patent application to learn about the prior patents instead of spending a lot of money on patent application only to learn later that no patent could be obtained.
Three Types Of Innovation. Here’s How To Manage Them
“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” ― Robin S. Sharma
With a view of generating revenue immediately from new products, a firm should customize the process of product development for different kinds of innovations. For a company the biggest challenges aren’t in coming up with big ideas but in the organizational and management issues that these new ideas bring along.
No matter what a company is dealing in, companies strive to create innovative products and services adequately and accurately.
“Chance favors the connected mind.” ― Steven Johnson
For an individual to to bring new ideas to market, create more realistic testing and growth expectations and better manage their innovation pipelines, it is important to identify the types of innovations, needs and the correct approach to nurture and grow the type of innovation.
THE THREE TYPES OF INNOVATIONS
To prolong their stay in the market, companies need to come up with sustaining products and services. Sustaining innovations in products or services help any organization raise the bar enough to stay in the game. These innovations can sometimes be thought of as modification of an already existing product.
To significantly up the level of game within an existing category a company should come up with remarkable offerings. The product should be such that seeing it, customers couldn’t help but want it–over time making it the best-selling product.
“Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
When we think about an innovation, many of us have some sort of ideas in our mind. Such breakthrough ideas are called disruptive innovations because they disrupt the current market behavior, rendering existing solutions old-school, transforming values, and bringing previously marginal customers and companies into the center of attention.
The Social media could be considered a disruptive innovation within sports. More specifically, the social media has radically changed the way that news in sports circulates nowadays. Social media has created a new market for sports that was not around before in the sense that players and fans have instant access to information related to sports.
“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” ― Eric Hoffer
To help explain the difference between these three types of innovations, let’s look at the coffee industry. Maxwell House came up with a dark roast version of coffee, it introduced a sustaining innovation. A new flavour was only a variation on their existing products.
A breakout innovation was General Foods’ line of International Coffees, which added connoisseur of fine flavors to the instant coffee category and elevated the at-home coffee experience. And Starbucks has obviously been a disruptive innovation, turning coffee into a destination experience worth paying a lot more for.
“Innovation is the specific instrument of entrepreneurship…the act that endows resources with a new capacity to create wealth.” ― Peter F. Drucker
In a given category, disruptive innovations come first and are then followed by a series of progressive innovations, with sporadic breakout hits interspersed. Eventually, the market is disrupted once again, starting the cycle anew.
Although disruptive innovations have the potential to yield the greatest benefit to a company, it is not necessary that it will lead to immediate market success. Because disruptive offerings differ significantly from the existing products, they often require time to gain market acceptance.
“You have to take your own bold approach, and if you do you will be rewarded with success. Or calamitous failure. That can happen too.” ― Steven Moffat
Analysis of revenue and consumer buying patterns:
Sustaining: Immediately moderate, then tapering off.
Breakout: Rapidly strong, then quickly dropping to a lower level.
Disruptive: Longer gestation period leading to exponential growth.
For disruptive undertakings, success typically requires different development processes,
different approval and funding mechanisms, and different performance expectations. At
times, work on a disruptive innovation gets stalled in a system that is optimized for the creation of sustaining offerings. For the success of a project a company should tailormade their approach depending on the goals.
“Innovation is an evolutionary process, so it’s not necessary to be radical all the time.” ― Marc Jacobs
To support the ultimate goal of generating immediate revenue, companies should classify each of its new product concepts within the framework of sustaining, breakout, or disruptive. This allows a company to manage risk and reward at a portfolio level.
Categorizing innovations using this framework is an effective way to ensure that target outcomes are in line with the expectations. Companies are able to focus their innovation efforts by clearly stating that they are prioritizing the development of breakout products and consciously minimizing the exploration of disruptive opportunities.
“Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.” ― Sukant Ratnakara
Advice to budding Entrepreneurs For Protecting a Business Idea
Got a brilliant Idea? Already daydreaming about a groundbreaking business and becoming the next Bill Gates? But what if someone comes up with something similar?
Running a successful business is not a solo sport. We work with and through other people.
In order to get off to a flying start, an entrepreneur needs investors, vendors, employees and may be a partner or a mentor. Thus eventually you have to discuss your idea with the masses. But what if someone steals your idea?
Fear of getting the idea stolen is one fear that stops a number of people from starting a new business.
An individual with a fear of getting the idea stolen will move forward so slowly and cautiously that someone else who already thought of the same idea will move ahead. So how do you market your idea to the masses without having someone rip you off?
Here are certain things all budding entrepreneurs should consider while protecting a business idea.
1.Yes, a patent can help you remain competitive in your field and give you an edge on your rivals.
Technically ideas themselves cannot be patented. When you take an idea and turn it into an invention or process that meets specific criteria and requirements, it can be patented. But make sure your invention fulfills all the requirements to apply for a patent.
2. Consider the money involved in filing a patent.
Patent filing requires money. Patents have filing fees and maintenance fees over the life of the patent and a large amount of money is required for the defence of the patent. If your idea fulfills all the requirements to apply for a patent, and there are no other previously filed patents, then it’s time to apply for your patent. But before filing a patent make sure that the patent generates enough profit to justify the expenses associated with its filing.
It is advisable to seek legal counsel and advice before filing a patent and get patent professional involved for writing and filing patent.
3. When should you consider a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) ?
There is no patent or copyright for an idea. If you really feel you’re onto something new and want to discuss it with some people, potential co-founders and contractors before you have been able to build it. In such cases, it is advisable to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA).
A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) is a confidentiality contract between two parties.
According to the non-disclosure agreement (NDA), one party agrees with the other that if the latter party discloses to the former its idea and other confidential information, then the former will maintain its confidentiality for a specified period of time. If the former party were to breach this agreement, causing loss to the disclosure, then the disclosure has a remedy in being able to sue for breach of contract.
True, some people might not like the idea saying “Don’t you trust me?”, but there’s value in your invention only if you own and protect your idea. Moreover the agreement will also demonstrate the individual’s seriousness in commercialising the idea.
Putting copyright symbols by your business plan or logo is a good idea even if you aren’t sure you’ll ever go through the trouble of filing a copyright or a trademark.
It’s like putting a yard sign or a sticker that says your house is protected by a security system even if it’s not.
When people will see that copyright symbol next to your work, they won’t take the chance to burglarize.
5. Implementation of idea.
Ideas alone are not worth that much — it’s how they are implemented.
It is important to implement that idea into sustainable innovation.
“What makes the difference for successful businesses is not the idea alone. It’s the implementation of the idea, a commitment to delivering the products, services or information on a daily basis, that makes the difference.
It takes a lot of energy to run a business, It’s hard to get things done and it takes a lot of discipline. Also there’s no guarantee that any business will be successful. If you have an idea for a product, service or business, beat the odds and use your passion and energy, to figure out how to make it profitable.
At Tech Corp International Strategist (TCIS), we help Startups to Raise Funds & Assist Foreign Companies to find Right Business Partner in India. We assist enterprises to enter INDIA and find RIGHT Angels, and Venture Capitals in Malaysia, Singapore, US, UK, Japan and India. We believe that for protecting your innovation in India, your startup idea and our intellect is the perfect combination. Every business has a #strategy. We at TCIS facilitate the process of identifying Key issues and help amplify business goals of any business (short term goals and long term goals). Everything is simple we tend to complicate and use heavy words to prove our point.