Patenting: The 5-Step Methodology

  • IP Managers who need a compact overview on patenting
  • Employees of patent or IP departments
  • Researchers and engineers of R&D and engineering departments
  • Technology and marketing experts
  • Others who recently have taken over responsibility for patent issues

Before the training

  • In preparation for the seminar, you are asked to complete a short description of an invention of your choice, which you will use as practical basis for the teamwork sessions within the seminar.

Day 1 AM

  • Basic concepts on innovation generation and IP. Introduction to Patentopolis 5-step methodology for patenting. Induction to case study
  • Learning Step 1: Invention proposal
  • Applying Step 1 to the case study. Group discussion
  • Learning Step 2: Novelty, patent searching
  • Applying Step 2 to the case study. Group discussion
  • Learning Step 3: Inventive step, analysing a patent document (the closest prior art)

Day 1 PM

  • Applying Step 3 to the case study. Group discussion
  • Learning Step 4: Patent assessment
  • Applying Step 4 to the case study. Group discussion
  • Learning Step 5: Drafting and claim structure
  • Patent filing and prosecution process and procedures
  • Preparing and presenting presentations. Wrap-up

“I participated in a very active Patentopolis training session (“5 steps to a patent”), which demonstrated how an IP expert can play a crucial role in the development of inventions by teams at R & D departments. This Patentopolis methodology shows the importance of considering patents and other IP rights as constraints in the innovation process. Countries such as Portugal, where the innovation culture at companies still insufficiently incorporates an IP culture and the practice of patent filings as a routine, would benefit from a regular intervention of IP consultants equipped with a customizable, interactive IP toolbox like Patentopolis tools.”

João Marcelino, Portuguese patent office (INPI)
15 December 2014