patent engineering (patí 'nt eníjɘ-nÍríɲ)
a) The application of scientific, mathematical, legal, and business
principles to obtain, create, or improve patent positions that
support business goals.
b) The profession of, or the work performed by, a patent engineer
Despite their growing importance to business,
patents are still acquired by most companies the old-fashioned
way: inventors in one part of the company invent and patent attorneys
in another part of the company (or in a firm external to the company)
The result of this Invention
Strategy is a patent porfolio reflecting the R&D priorities
of the company and focused on protecting the company's innovations.
The result is a defensive patent portfolio: well-suited for the
enjoyment of exclusivity. Where the business model requires market
exclusivity and a portfolio of defensive patents, such as with
perscription drugs, this is a perfectly adequate strategy for
But for complex technologies, such as telecommunications,
computers, software, acquiring patents like this is very nearly
exactly the wrong thing to do. Patent engineering recognizes that
a successful business strategy can not rely on "the right patents" spontaneously
arising from R&D. Instead, patent engineering recognizes that patents
- and patent positions - must be purposefully engineered in order
to satisfy specific business goals. Business has changed and the
way businesses obtain patents must change too.
The role of the patent engineer is work together
with inventors, business developers, and lawyers in order to obtain
or create patents, patented products, and patent positions that
support the company's business goals.
Contact Avvika AB to
see how patent engineering can work for you.