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Invention Manager

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.

Inventor View

Inventor View - Disclosure List (click to view larger)

Manager View

Manager View - Statistics (click to view larger)

Patent Committee View

Patent Committee View - Scoring (click to view larger)

Inventor View

AppColl Invention Manager makes it easy for inventors to submit ideas into the disclosure approval process. Inventors have a simple interface that allows them to file new disclosures and view: pending disclosures, filed patent applications, issued patents, statistics and bonus awards. As a disclosure progresses through the approval flow, the inventor can clearly see the status of the disclosure and what steps will happen next. AppColl Invention Manager also provides the inventor clear feedback from reviewers to improve the quality of their disclosures over time.

Manager View

Similar to the inventor’s view, the easy-to-use management view is used by managers and executives in your company to track the disclosures and patent applications generated within their organization. Managers can view, search and run reports for all disclosures and patent filings for members of their team, including statistics and bonus awards. AppColl IM supports a full management hierarchy, so leaders at different levels in the organization can see the appropriate amount of information.

Patent Committee View

The patent committee view allows full control and oversight of the patent processes. Committee members can view and score all disclosures as well as generate and view statistics for the overall process. Account administrators are provided setup pages to allow easy configuration of the various components in the system, including the disclosure form, filing goals, awards program and patent ranking/scoring rubric. The patent committee also uses this view to simplify the process of deciding on the final disposition of each disclosure.