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Method and Apparatus for Developing an Idea Life Cycle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000244867D
Publication Date: 2016-Jan-22
Document File: 3 page(s) / 76K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a tool for vetting potentially successful ideas to develop into intellectual capital. An organization uses this novel tool to take an idea through the prioritized business related outcomes and capture the full value of an idea.

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Method and Apparatus for Developing an Idea Life Cycle

Organizations continually work toward creating intellectual capital from new ideas. Enticing employees to submit ideas is often a challenge because the process is not easy.

A method is needed to enable employees to submit ideas in a way that is easy to

categorize and filter. In addition, after the process filters an idea, a method is needed to capture the full value of that idea, such as implementing it in other ways.

An intellectual capital development process needs consider multiple aspects. One aspect is the agnostic of programming language, search engine usage, and implementation. Pillars are preselected business domains related to Intellectual Property used to organize different desired outputs. Pillars can be prioritized differently based on business or user preferences. Pillars can include but are not limited to:

• Patent • Product, product feature & service • Publication
• Education material

The process can be driven by the business priorities of the owners/users (e.g., driven by financial return on investment (ROI) for products vs. open source value). Businesses can to prioritize intellectual capital by both the pillars and within the pillars by defining new criteria, selection logic, or rules. The system utilizes an algorithm, business rules, questionnaire, or search engine to research pillars, categorize, and filter under the pillar.

Pillars can be independently executed and cross-examined based on the users' input. Pillars that were not involved in original examination can still be acted upon. The apparatus is capable of suggesting or guiding the user to other pillars based on cross- pillar-examination. Pillar question sets can be altered in run time respective to a pillar and can have relationships to other pillars established during run time. Pillars can be re-examined at the users' discretion.

The novel contribution is a tool for vetting potentially successful ideas (not necessarily for developing the intellectual property (IP) itself). An organization uses this novel tool

to take an idea through the prioritized business related outcomes.

A user submits an idea to the system and selects the IP type of interest. The system uses the concept of pillars, which are preselected business domains related to IP. This system uses four main pillars, but is not limited to those. The system enables the extension of the initial set of pillars and the initial set of questions. Each pillar has an initial set of questions that can be altered by the system based on the Final Outcome of the idea. The system asks a series of questions based on a rule set driven questionnaire. The system then enriches the response...