When an invention is first disclosed to the TTO, information needed for assessing the invention and possibly filing a patent is often dispersed, for example, over several people who belong to different research groups or even different organizations if an invention results from an external collaboration.
Evidently, the first step in any patenting procedure is collecting and centralizing all relevant information. This is usually coordinated by the TTO and involves the filling out of a so-called Invention Disclosure Form by the inventors. This form consolidates the following information: the invention The central part of the Invention Disclosure Form is a sufficiently-detailed description of the invention. known prior art When assessing the patentability of the invention, it is very helpful when the inventors indicate the prior art documents they are aware of, including their own publications that relate to the invention.
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