Chemistry Expert Witness On Patents Part 5

Chemistry expert witness Edward Funk, Ph. D., presented this short course to senior level chemical engineers on patents:

Fourth, the MOI should stand on its own for judgment. Some inventors include a section on the planned experiments to help define the invention. This often leads to the memo receiving a low rating and held for the next patent committee meeting. The MOI should be written when there is sufficient data or the concept is sufficiently complete for an evaluation.

At most companies, a highly rated MOI has been carefully “lobbied” by the inventor.
This usually means assuring that the key technical people understand the invention, its significance, and are willing to support it in the meeting. The same background works well with people from the appropriate business unit. Initial contacts with the patent attorney works best when the inventor has an established relation with the patent attorney.