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Chapter 7. Mining Intellectual Property ... > How to Articulate Multiple Solutions...

How to Articulate Multiple Solutions for Multiple Problems

Resist the urge to present the “marketing” side of the idea. Almost invariably when invention descriptions are presented this way, they are far too broad to concisely state the problem, solution, and novelty. Patent evaluators are not inclined to be able to easily identify the claims of an invention from these types of broader descriptions. This is especially difficult when multiple patent applications related to a common area are being considered.

Once the multiple problems are clearly defined, the next step is to generate ideas to solve these. Most likely (if you are working with a patent spawning team), the team already has some ideas that seem like winners, but do not close the door on new ideas due to preconceived notions. These preconceived notions are, however, extremely important for all the team members—because to generate their own ideas first, before brainstorming in the larger group, improves the potential for novelty in the end result.


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