Intellectual Property attorneys and managers strive to build the highest quality patent portfolio, quickly and on budget. It’s important to track and predict expenses throughout the development of your intellectual property and essential to drive transparency, discipline and accountability throughout the entire invention disclosure process.
AppColl Invention Manager is a tool that allows you to create and manage a well-defined process from when an inventor submits an invention disclosure through the various stages of feedback, committee voting, scoring and signoff to patent application filing. All those involved in managing the invention disclosure process can see where each disclosure is at any point in time through reports, emails and statistics. Since AppColl Invention Manager is cloud-based, anyone with a login can securely access the system anywhere and anytime.
With AppColl, you have the tool for effective invention management oversight of your intellectual property portfolio so that adjustments can quickly be made as necessary. You have the tool for your patent committee to easily review, score, give feedback and improve the overall output of your process, both in terms of filing speed and patent application quality. And you have the tool for inventors to fill in a fully customizable disclosure form, see where their ideas are in the process, and if you have an awards program, view their payouts.
The AppColl system is highly configurable - almost any workflow can be implemented. You can set up email reminders as deadlines approach to subtly remind team members of what needs to be done. The meeting calendar system conveniently allows inventors to schedule reviews with the patent committee. When the decision is made to file a patent application, AppColl Invention Manager can automatically email the prosecuting attorney with all of the necessary instructions and documents to begin preparation of the filing. AppColl Invention Manager supports “virtual patent” committee meetings, where committee members vote independently on the disposition of an invention. If all members agree, the system can automatically take the appropriate actions as soon as the last member votes.
AppColl Invention Manager has three main views, tailored to specific users, each of which provides all the required capabilities without adding complexity.