This week you will submit your final project handbook.
The final project calls for the creation of a handbook that can be used by patent engineers in the business world on how to navigate the process of filing a patent on behalf of their business organization. The handbook will detail several areas including determining what kind of items can be patented, setting priorities in the patent selection process, writing the initial patent claim and then conducting a prior art search for similar prior patents, writing the patent application, and finally prosecuting the patent post-filing and managing any and all issues that may come up at that point in the process.
The final project should also have an appropriate outline, title page, table of contents, and a supporting bibliography. It should also be accompanied by a sample one page test or training exercise that can be conducted to demonstrate some level of understanding of the contents of the final project handbook as well as a supporting PowerPoint presentation that relays the key content of the final project handbook. This should be a presentation that a patent engineer manager could use to present the notebook to other patent engineers that they supervise in the workplace to teach them the contents of the handbook. Review the reading materials from weeks 1-7 and the prior assignments you have submitted which will assist you in completion of the final project.
#]Final Project: Patent Filing Policies and Procedures Handbook
Properly filing and defending a patent application claim is an integral part of protecting an interest in an intellectual property right. In the business and engineering professional world the inability to adhere to proper procedure and practices throughout legal protection process of newly created intellectual property can render the intellectual property useless for business and other purposes. In particular, business competitors, attorneys, and patent engineers among others that work for competing organizations will heavily scrutinize every step of the process of any patent filing and prosecution with the aim of seeking to invalidate any patent or any other type of intellectual property claim that may be filed that could be used against them for business purposes. To this purpose, students will combine the objectives covered in this course with their practical field experience to create a handbook that provides instruction on how to write, file, and defend a patent application in the proper manner.
The final project calls for the creation of a handbook that can be used by engineers and other inventors in the field regarding how to properly secure a patent of intellectual property in a step by step fashion. The handbook will detail the beginning of the process in determining what can be patented and how to set priorities in evaluating inventions and possible patents. The handbook will detail how to write a patent claim, how to do a search of prior art to determine if an idea and invention is patentable. The handbook will cover the patent application process as well as what happens after the patent request is filed during the prosecution process if a patent filing is challenged. The handbook also needs to contemplate how appellate courts will likely view and rule on relevant evidentiary issues that commonly arise in intellectual property patent claims within the profession. The handbook must be created with these rules and laws in mind and be responsive to judicial evidentiary concerns.
For the completion of the final project, you will assume the role of a patent engineer manager who is tasked with developing a training handbook and model that can be used by other patent engineers to inform them about the patent filing process in their daily professional duties. The handbook should be practical in focus and contain applicable examples and guidance regarding how to handle the most common issues and challenges that arise in the patent application process. The handbook should be drafted with the potential ultimate audience of a patent agent and or Judge reviewing the results of the policies and subsequent actions advised on in the handbook regarding the filing and submission of a patent claim for intellectual property protection.
In addition to the creation of the handbook, you will also create a supporting presentation (PowerPoint) that will supplement the handbook contents and that could be used to introduce and summarize the handbook content to the applicable audience in a training session.
You will work on the final project throughout the course. All course activities will relate to either gathering the background information you need to create the handbook and presentation or are activities that relate to components that will make up the final handbook and presentation.
#]Final Project Handbook Components
- Mission Statement of Purpose of the Handbook
- Table of Contents for Handbook
- Section Headings and Individual Handbook Policies
o What can be Prosecuted
o Setting Priorities
o Writing a Patent Claim
o Researching Prior Art
o Writing a Patent Application
o Prosecution of a Patent Application
- Handbook Training and Review Exercises
- Handbook Bibliography
- Supporting PowerPoint Presentation regarding Handbook
#]Final Project Submission Requirements
The Final Project Handbook should be submitted in week 8. Assignments leading up to the final project include:
Identification of the applicable laws and policies that govern intellectual property and patent filings
List of the various roles and responsibilities of parties involved with the creation, writing and prosecution of patents and third party actors that may have an interest in attacking the patent
Description of the need and purpose of the creation of a handbook full of policies and procedures regarding the same
Your handbook is a highly detailed and complex document, make sure to closely review these instructions and the grading rubric for this assignment.
#]Final Project: Patent Filing Policies and Procedures Handbook Criteria
Project Outline – Mission Statement
In APA format: Title Page (1) Abstract (2)
Project Outline – Table of Contents Table of Contents in APA format (2)
Project Section – What Can Be Patented
Identify what type of items and ideas can be patented and how a patent is structured. Describe the step by step procedure for obtaining a patent and how to identify patentable inventions. Describe the procedures and actions key parties in the patent claim writing and filing process should take to ensure that the patent will survive challenge and judicial scrutiny in the future.
Project Section – Setting Priorities
Discuss the business and practical aspects of deciding what inventions are worthy of seeking patent protection for and how to prioritize filings among multiple possible patentable projects.
Project Section – Researching Prior Art
Create a process that inventors can use to research prior art claims to ensure that the patent they are seeking protection for is unique and is a patentable item.
Project Section – Writing a Patent Application
Describe and discuss the actual process of writing the patent application once it has been determined that a potential patent claim is unique, valid, and worthy of intellectual property protection.
Project Section – Prosecution of a Patent Application
Discuss what happens after a patent application is made and how to defend against challenges to the filing of a patent. ——— Also, I need some presentation slides to support what’s written ———