IP Audit/Mining, Process Set-up, Training and Capacity Building for the R&D Center of a Large MNC

Project Description

Why they approached us

  • Wanted to improve the quality, and number of inventions coming out of their Indian R & D center
  • Wanted to spread IP awareness among their engineers/scientists, and build some basic skills such as patent searching, disclosure drafting, and so on
  • Wanted to set up an in-house IP team, and institute processes that suit specific Indian circumstances

What did we do

      • Performed a comprehensive IP audit/mining exercise to accomplish two objectives:

1- Uncover potential IP not disclosed earlier by inventors; and

2- To study the R & D processes, culture, and employee mind set

  • Organized a series of awareness programs across divisions to build IP knowledge and skills
  • Organized boot camps for specific personnel nominated by the company for the IP team
  • Devised processes/mechanisms for identifying inventions, improving transparency in the evaluation process, and taking shortlisted inventions for filing to IP attorneys

 

Impact

  • About 148 potential inventions were uncovered, and 36 went for filing
  • The number of invention disclosures improved three fold
  • An in-house IP team to co-ordinate internal IP activities was set up within a month
  • An efficient, and transparent idea disclosure, assessment, and IP/patent process was set up
  • Date: February 10, 2015
  • Client: A large multi-national company with an R&D center in India
  • Category: IP

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