Patents have become increasingly important in business today because patents protect the innovations upon which future revenues depend. Engineers develop innovations in technical language. Patent attorneys write patent claims in legal language. There is a gap between the language and knowledge of the attorney and engineer. Failure to effectively bridge this gap often leads to weak, overly narrow patents. This paper will show how to use a TRIZ-based approach patent design and to bridge the communication gap between the patent attorney and the engineer. The result is stronger and broader patents. A case study covering a new acetic acid technology is described.Author:
Peter Hanik, President
Pretium Innovation, LLC
Peter Hanik is the founder and President of Pretium Innovation, LLC, a firm providing assistance to clients to generate sustainable economic value through structured innovation methods. Prior to founding Pretium, Mr. Hanik was Senior Vice President of Technology at Millennium Chemicals, President and CEO of Millennium Petrochemicals, Vice President Chemicals & Supply Chain at Quantum Chemical, Vice President Reengineering and Information Systems at Quantum Chemical, Director Applied Research & Technical Service at Quantum Chemical, Regional Sales Manager at Northern Petrochemical, Engineering Manager at Northern Petrochemical and Production Superintendent at Northern Petrochemical. He began his career as a Systems Engineer developing computer based process models and advanced computer control systems. Mr. Hanik holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago. Mr. Hanik is a registered professional engineer.