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Usage of Graphical Tools to Understand Intellectual Asset Estates

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000126956D
Publication Date: 2005-Aug-15
Document File: 4 page(s) / 37K

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Abstract

A variety of graphical systems and methods have been developed for analysis of intellectual property , but there is still a need for significant improvement, especially when it comes to understanding broad estates belonging to a corporation. An information management framework and system is needed to categorize intellectual property for quick and accurate retrieval of intellectual property. Communicating these complex issues quickly to management via Work Breakdown Structures and Mind Maps will be discussed.

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Usage of Graphical Tools to Understand Intellectual Asset Estates

Jen Marvin

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, Wisconsin

A variety of graphical systems and methods have been developed for analysis of intellectual property , but there is still a need for significant improvement, especially when it comes to understanding broad estates belonging to a corporation. An information management framework and system is needed to categorize intellectual property for quick and accurate retrieval of intellectual property. Communicating these complex issues quickly to management via Work Breakdown Structures and Mind Maps will be discussed.

A tool often used to solve complex communication issues in project management is the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). The concept of a Work Breakdown Structure was originally coined by Frederick Taylor around the turn of the century and later embraced by the US Government in the execution of the Manhattan Project during WWII and the Polaris Missile Programs in the 1950s. WBS is one of the cornerstones of modern project management. According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge published by the Project Management Institute Standards Committee (Newtown Square, Pennsylvania - see http://www.pmi.org/ ), a Work Breakdown Structure is a deliverable- oriented grouping of project elements that organizes and defines the total scope of a project. As another author puts it, "A key strategy of effective planning is to partition the project into manageable chunks that can be individually planned, estimated, and controlled. The work breakdown structure is a graphical tool that displays the project's statement of work making it easier to understand and communicate. It is employed from the earliest stages of project planning."

Systems may be used to employ an Intellectual Property Estate Breakdown Structure (IPEBS) for grouping patents and other intellectual property together in an organized format. An IPEBS allows one to quickly retrieve and understand "What is Owned." IPEBS breaks down the patent estate into manageable portions that can be individually managed and enforced. Further, graphical tools communicate information about the estate for quicker understanding by users.

One proposed example is an IPEBS for a consumer product company that would be broken down into the following areas. The first level of the IPEBS breaks down the estate into 3 general product forms: 1) Personal Care Articles; 2) Paper, Tissue, Towel, and Wipes; and 3) Medical Supplies. The next level breaks down the estate into 5 intellectual property categories: 1) Product, 2) Process or Apparatus, 3) Materials, 4) Business Methods, and 5) Methods of Use. The third level would be related to specific areas of interest to the related group for understanding of what they own. For example, one group has used the following structure to categorize personal care process or apparatus patents: 1) Absorbents, 2) Bond...