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Chapter 4. Invention Teams > Inventor Mentoring and Strengthening of Ideas

Inventor Mentoring and Strengthening of Ideas

The team should consider ideas in a lateral fashion, building on previous thoughts. As a mentor, this means encouraging innovations surrounding a theme. Follow the team's thinking and find areas that as a mentor you are able to increase the teams' level of sensitivity to a design point. Select a point in the invention design that seems weak—solution aspects are broad and unclear. Ask questions around this area, causing the teams to consider points of novelty they had not yet considered in their solution sets. Once they do this, direct the teams back to the problem(s) they are trying to solve and ask each team to think in terms of “how do any new points of novelty we are considering help to solve this problem?” Encourage the teams to collaborate, while teaching them how to develop and manage their own intellectual property as assets.

Be consistent in the theme of invention by reinforcing the notion of something that “those skilled in the art” have not yet considered. Guide the teams into and through prior art searches, which will unveil aspects of their reasoning (or show them how prior art may exist and how to find it). Ask questions around these solution areas that may not be obvious but are indirectly related to the core idea. Causal impacts to the core idea are important when new lateral lines of thinking are introduced. If you see aspects of their ideas that have clear relationships to other ideas, point this out. Help the teams to collaborate in business ventures, and whenever possible, teach them how to share or manage their intellectual property in proper ways. Intellectual property asset evaluation and commercialization topics all become interesting discussions at this stage.


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