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Inside the Patent Factory: The Essential Reference for Effective and Efficient Management of Patent Creation [Hardcover]

Donal O'Connell
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16 April 2008
The book is a coaching guide for anyone interested in intellectual property and those wanting to embark on or develop patent creation. It draws on the authors’ extensive experience and insights from change projects, management and leadership at Nokia. The book guides the reader through each stage of setting up a successful unit, inviting active involvement by asking vital questions about their needs and aims. Focusing on key issues and themes involved, it provides examples, diagrams and models to illustrate how they can be out in to practice. Critical chapters include the core activities of patent creation, possible organisational models, costs, quality and the comparison of external and internal allocation of tasks. Discussion concentrates on how to such define roles and responsibilities and the management techniques of external resources. The book encourages the reader to challenge their current organisational structure and strategy by introducing various methods and tactics that can be deployed when considering patent creation, then offering advice into the pros and cons of techniques and how such methods can be assessed.  The book highlights how knowledge and innovation can be utilised and protected, which due to the increased importance of intellectual property rights, especially the use of patents, is essential for every business.

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (16 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470516402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470516409
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“…highlights how knowledge and innovation can be utilised and protected” Inventique July 2008

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Imagine walking into a factory where the material coming in one side of the factory consist not of physical components or raw materials but rather ideas, thoughts, inventions and solutions to problems whilst patent applications of granted patents flow out the other side of the factory as the finished goods. This analogy linking modern factories and patent production is useful for a number of reasons. it is clear that the importance of intangible assets is growing, often equalling or surpassing the value of physical assets for a company. the volume of patent applications and granted patents has been increasing in recent years. However, the patenting process is by no means simple and there are various steps or stages in the process. The patenting language and terminology is often not easily understood and it can also be a relatively expensive exercise. "Donal O′Connell′s book leads a reader to a venture towards effective patent creation which everyone interested about patenting should join. the book does not draw for a reader a picture of the ideal factory (since there can′t be one as such) but guides the reader to find the ideal one for reader′s needs, by helping the reader to analyze his/her needs, business environment and resources." – Sami Saru "This book is to be highly recommended to all students of Intellectual Property Law who wish to have a practical insight into the workings of Patent Law. The subject is set out in clear and comprehensible fashion so as to make an are of the law which typically students find challenging readily accessible. the consistently practical approach engages the reader from the outset and is refreshingly original. This is a splendid supplement to the standard textbooks." – Professor Amanda Cleary

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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and informative text 15 Sep 2008
By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Mr. O'Connell sees the production of patents in terms of a factory analogy, with everything that this implies and entails - raw materials (inventions) going in one end and product (patents) coming out the other, factory machinery and operatives, quality control procedures, production targets, cost controls and use of toll manufacturing (subcontracting parts (or even all) of the process to external suppliers and specialised services), and the management and coordination of all of the above. Mr. O'Connell is not specific as to the nature of this Patent Factory, not, I believe, because he won't, but simply because he can't and he is sensible not to try. He knows that one size won't fit all - what works for an international pharma or telecommunications giant with a huge portfolio won't necessarily work for a small local engineering firm with a small portfolio. So he presents a large palette of ideas, from which anyone interested can mix'n'match his or her own patents factory according to needs/demands.

Although I find the factory analogy quite a good one overall, I think it has several shortcomings, namely in the matters of quality of raw materials and production targets. How does one maintain quality in "patentable inventions"? More importantly, how does one ensure a constant flow of such inventions? Nobody I know has yet managed to create to order - unless there were creative people there in the first place.

However, the overriding idea of the Patent Factory, be it a one (wo)man-band or a large, self-contained in-house department, is one of control.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Resource For Patent Managers 12 Dec 2010
This book is one of the few books which identifies and discusses how you should manage patents within an innovative company. The author bases the book on his experience at Nokia, but the ideas that he discusses are also applicable to much smaller companies with much more modest patent portfolios.

If you are looking for a book which gives you all of the answers on how you should manage patents, then this is not the book for you. The real strength of this book is not that it prescribes rigid processes, but that it identifies the questions that you should be asking about the way in which you manage patents. For example, it encourages benchmarking with competitors to allow you to understand the amount of technical innovation coming out of your business compared with your competitors, and to understand how good your business is at turning ideas into patents.

Other areas it covers are reasons to patent inventions, metrics, and cost management.

I would recommend this book to anyone who manages the patent process within a company who really wants to devise the best way for their company to manage patents. This book offers a starting point to the process by forcing you to ask the right questions. As I said above, it doesn't give you any answers, but is all the more powerful for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful guide to patent application 9 Feb 2009
By Rolf Dobelli TOP 500 REVIEWER
Donal O'Connell's book is for those interested in developing a system for patenting products to protect their intellectual property rights (IPR). Rather than treating each patent as a new creation, O'Connell suggests that you lay out your tools and procedures to make the most of your talent - just as you would for manufacturing your products. The book is U.K.-centric, but it usefully analyzes the differences in patent law between Europe, the United States and Asia. O'Connell frankly insists that patents are not the universal answer for protecting intellectual property. Instituting a "Patent Creation Factory" for just one or two patents, he explains, is not sensible. However, if your firm depends on continuous product innovation, getAbstract says this awkwardly written but useful guide is for you. O'Connell outlines an efficient process for creating new products, tracking their path through the patenting process and protecting your patents once you receive them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for all patent professionals 26 May 2008
This new book provides a useful background and reference source for the effective management of a patent portfolio. It takes you through the whole process from patent creation right through to maintenance. As such, it will help fill in any gaps in understanding for patent professionals and is especially recommended for those entering the field. It will however perhaps be of most value in companies of any size wanting to establish or streamline patent management processes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A practitioner's perspective on patents 19 May 2008
The books gives an excellent overview of patent activities. Well organized, simple and easy to follow. I particularly liked the chapters on invention harvesting and inventor community.

Overall: Recommended read.
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