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System and Method to Automatically Map Roles During Invention Life Cycles

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000192661D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Jan-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Jan-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 48K

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Disclosed is a method and system for managing an invention life cycle.

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System and Method to Automatically Map Roles During Invention Life Cycles

A method and system is disclosed for managing an invention life cycle. The method involves assigning one or more roles associated to one or more stages in the invention life cycle to one or more resources based on their respective profiles and availability. The method also involves tracking the completion state corresponding to each stage of the invention life cycle.

While an inventor is defined as the person or persons that actually contribute to the solution embodied in the invention, there is an invention life cycle. This life cycle includes one or more stages such asbrainstorming solutions to the problem drafting of the solution, formal write-up and review, verbal defense and communication with outside council as shown in Fig.1. Each life cycle is allocated to a specific patent area for example, Virtual Worlds, and an invention lead. The invention lead is able to change the required skills, the time frame of the patent and the number of patents to be filed in this area. Further, each stage has an objective and specific time duration for the stage to be completed. Therefore, in order to complete a stage, one or more resources with appropriate skill sets and availability are associated with the stage. It is important to note that many people may be involved in this life cycle, however they may not be eligible to be listed as inventors, as required by law.

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The system disclosed herein includes an invention life cycle database which includes invention details for each invention life cycle. The invention details include required skills set, target time frame to complete each stage, and completion state for each stage. An invention lead of a patent area may manually update these details for each invention life cycle in the patent area.


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The system further includes a profile database that includes skills corresponding to one or more people. The profile includes details such as domain expertise of the people involved, skill set specific to the one or more stages of the invention life cycle and availability status of the invention in specific time slots as shown in Fig. 2.

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The profiles are regularly updated based on resource availability or when skill sets are enhanced. The system coordinates with calendar entries of the resources to maintain the availability. Further, the system also provides an option to the resources to access and manage the profile database.

Based on the information included in the invention life cycle database and the inventor profile database, a role...