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Merits Of An XML-Based Invention Disclosure Standard

Law360, New York (April 17, 2015, 10:26 AM EDT) -- When vetting innovations for patenting, most research, development and manufacturing organizations mandate that inventors complete a text-based invention disclosure form to an invention assessment committee for review. Unfortunately, having such plain text-based invention disclosure forms with unstructured and unverified data has several unintended consequences. Initially, during the patent application vetting and drafting stage, the invention assessment committee and outside counsel must spend time ensuring all of the required data is submitted and correct. Years later, even though all of the necessary invention data has been provided, there is no automated way to extract trends and status reports from the inputted data....

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