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23.12.2016 | Original Paper

Should we manage the process of inventing? Designing for patentability

verfasst von: Olga Kokshagina, Pascal Le Masson, Benoit Weil

Erschienen in: Research in Engineering Design | Ausgabe 4/2017

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Abstract

Intellectual property is considered to provide the infrastructure of innovation, and companies could proactively generate their intellectual assets and strengthen the business opportunities by focusing on discovery phases. This paper examines whether the invention process can be managed and finds that patents appear not only as a result of inventive activity but as the purpose as well. By building on recent design theories such as the concept–knowledge design theory, this research introduces a general framework that enables controlling for ‘patentability’ criteria, describes a patent in a unique way using actions, effects, and associated knowledge, and defines a patentable subject matter based on the notion of the person skilled in the art. Using the introduced model, several patent design methods are compared and their performances are characterized. The model was tested within the European semiconductor manufacturer, STMicroelectronics. The results indicate that the quality of patent proposals depends on the capacity to extend existing knowledge combinations, to overcome the initial design reasoning of the person skilled in the art, and to ensure novelty and sufficient inventive step. Finally, the proposed model in this research, the ‘design-for-patentability’ model, demonstrates that there is an unexplored property of the concept–knowledge design theory—non-substitution—showing that the order within design is irreversible and influences the quality of results.
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We thank the anonymous reviewer for this precision.
 
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Metadaten
Titel
Should we manage the process of inventing? Designing for patentability
verfasst von
Olga Kokshagina
Pascal Le Masson
Benoit Weil
Publikationsdatum
23.12.2016
Verlag
Springer London
Erschienen in
Research in Engineering Design / Ausgabe 4/2017
Print ISSN: 0934-9839
Elektronische ISSN: 1435-6066
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00163-016-0245-0

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